Award-Winning Author Neal Shusterman Visits TAISM

TAISM was honored to welcome Neal Shusterman to our classes this week as a visiting author.

Neal Shusterman is the New York Times best-selling author of over thirty novels for children, teens, and adults. He won the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for Challenger Deep-and his novel, Scythe, was a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor book-and is in development with Universal Studios as a feature film. His novel, Unwind, has become part of the literary canon in many school districts across the country-and has won more than thirty domestic and international awards. He co-wrote his most recent novel, Dry, with his son Jarrod, and in addition to being on numerous award lists, Dry is currently in development with Paramount Pictures. His upcoming novel, Game Changer, is in development with Netflix as a TV series, and he is co-writing the pilot episode.

Shusterman has also received awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, and has garnered a myriad of state and local awards across the country. His talents range from film directing, to writing music and stage plays, and has even tried his hand at creating games.

Neal spent 2 days at TAISM interacting with students, speaking on a variety of topics, encouraging passion for writing, and even giving workshops to teachers.  Students enjoyed hearing him read from his books, appreciated the opportunities to ask him plenty of questions, and had their books signed by Neal over the course of his visit.  


One 8th grade student, Zeena, had the chance to interview Mr. Shusterman about his experience as an author. Don't miss the video above!

Students and staff enjoyed the time Neal spent with us all, encouraging love for both reading and writing stories that make a difference.  We're looking forward to his next novel(s)!