Search Results: "Neil Shusterman"


BOOK REVIEW

CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"An adventure in perspective as well as plot, this unusual foray into schizophrenia should leave readers with a deeper understanding of the condition. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fantasy becomes reality in an exploration of mental illness based partly on the experiences of the author's son, who is also the book's illustrator. Read full book review >

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UNWIND by Neal Shusterman
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"As with classics such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, one can only hope that this vision of the future never becomes reality. (Science fiction. YA)"
Shusterman's Everlost (2006) dealt with death and children with a sense of innocence, redemption and even humor. Read full book review >

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BRUISER by Neal Shusterman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2010

"Once again, Shusterman spins a fantastic tale that sheds light on everyday life. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Shusterman's latest is an unlikely love story. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW CLUB RISING by Neal Shusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The mystery and nonstop action will draw teens in; but the uncomfortable questions raised about guilt and responsibility will linger on. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Coinciding with the re-release of Shusterman's first novel (The Shadow Club, 1988), this sequel addresses the lingering consequences of hatred and revenge. Read full book review >

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WHAT DADDY DID by Neal Shusterman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1991

"Though the story is based in truth, it doesn't feel true; fiction or fact, that's a crime. (Fiction. 11+)"
Readers won't need to know the true story behind Shusterman's latest; as fiction, the premise of a boy's coming to grips with his mother's murder by his father is compelling stuff. Read full book review >

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UNWHOLLY by Neal Shusterman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"A breathless, unsettling read. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
After surviving the attack on the Happy Jack Harvest Camp, the heroes from Unwind (2007) lead the revolt against the Unwind Accord. Read full book review >

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DREAD LOCKS by Neal Shusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Though there's nothing appealing about the thoroughly flat characters, the tension-filled climax puts a fascinating twist on the traditional way to defeat a gorgon. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Goldilocks and the Three Bears doesn't blend well with the story of Medusa, but suspense keeps this thriller going until the end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2006

"Nicely disquieting. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
For the third entry in his Dark Fusion series, Shusterman gives another familiar tale both a contemporary setting (with some magic thrown in) and an ingenious, eerie twist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCORPION SHARDS by Neal Shusterman
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Shusterman's dead-on portrayal of teenage phobias and his engaging, sympathetic characters combine in a haunting but ultimately reassuring novel. (Fiction. 12+)"
Shusterman (The Eye of Kid Midas, 1992, etc.) turns the pitfalls of adolescence into a landscape of nightmares, demonstrating that anyone can become a hero just by confronting old fears. Read full book review >

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THE EYES OF KID MIDAS by Neal Shusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"The story resembles Beatrice Gormley's tales of magic gone wrong, but it's much more sobering: The frequent gags and gaffes seem pale compared to the nightmarish plot; and it's hard to know whether to laugh at—or be chilled by—Kevin's predicament. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A terrifying, somewhat confused reworking of a familiar theme: When Kevin Midas, smallest kid in class, finds a talisman that grants wishes but can't reverse them, events quickly escape his control. Read full book review >

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UNBOUND by Neal Shusterman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A competently produced set of stories that will send fans over the moon and swiftly intrigue newcomers. (Dystopia. 12-16)"
The Unwind world is thoroughly explored in this companion piece. Read full book review >