|Award-winning author Neal Shusterman was born and raised in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age as a creative alternative to stickball. He began his professional writing career shortly after graduation from college, when his humor column was picked up by Syndicated Writer's Group; a national feature syndicate, making Neal, at 22, the youngest syndicated columnist in the nation. In the twelve years since, Neal has made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. As a full-time writer, he claims to be his own hardest task-master, always at work creating new stories to tell. His books have received many award-winning from the International Reading Association, and the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country. In the wake of his book, Kid Heroes, Neal served as a celebrity judge for Hasbro's Real American Hero Search, along with actor Christopher Reeve, and Admiral Richard Truly, the former head of NASA. Neal's talents range from film directing ( two short films he directed won him the coveted CINE Golden Eagle Awards) to writing music and stage plays. He has even tried his hand at creating Games, having developed two successful "How to Host a Mystery" game for teens, as well as five "How to Host a Murder" games. |
As a screen and TV writer, Neal has written several hour-long prime-time specials for the "Goosebumps" TV series, including "The Werewolf of Fever Swamp," and wrote for the "Animorphs" TV series. Currently Neal is also adapting his newest novel Downsiders as a TV movie for The Disney Channel.
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