In March, ISB students, parents, staff and alumni were treated to talks and Q&A sessions with award-winning Young Adult Fiction author, Neal Shusterman. Mr Shusterman spoke about the writing process, about the inspiration and influences to his work and stories, about the authors and books that ignited his wish to be a writer and more.
Mr Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and began writing at an early age. Within a year of graduating from UC Irvine, he had his first book deal. Since then, his books have received many awards from organizations such as the International Reading Association and the American Library Association. Mr Shusterman has also become a very successful screenwriter and television writer. He has written for the “Goosebumps” and “Animorphs” TV series, and wrote the Disney Channel Original Movie “Pixel Perfect.” He has also directed two short films, which won him the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Awards, and he writes music and stage plays.
He engaged our community with wonderful stories, a terrific connection with his audience, and genuine sharing of his experience as a writer, reader, and follower of his passion. Our students got to hear about the hard work it takes to achieve excellence, and the power of enduring rejection, growing from constructive feedback, and persisting through difficulty.
He also spoke openly about his award-winning book, Challenger Deep, a powerful and personal novel that explores mental illness. He explained how he receives countless feedback from readers to say how this exceptional book has positively impacted their lives and been a source of comfort for them.
It was exciting for our students to work with such an inspiring role model. Thank you to our librarians: Traci Marlowe and Chris Bell for making this terrific experience a reality. Thank you, Neal Shusterman, for visiting ISB and for sharing your wisdom, experience and knowledge!