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NEAL SHUSTERMAN

 

Neal Shusterman is a highly successful novelist, screenwriter, television writer, and speaker. His books, many of which can be traced back to stories he's told to large audiences of children and teenagers, have won numerous awards, including a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and state and local awards across the country. His presentations are often question driven, as he finds kids tend to be more tuned-in when they are interactive. In constant demand at schools and conferences, he's also available for Skype chats, so please book him as far in advance as possible to get a date on his calendar.

 

FORMAT

Please have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for him to answer. He will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing his latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first, depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have. If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of his books.

 

If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know before setting up the program and please provide a general idea of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least a week before the chat so he can prepare.

 

He'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure to send them to him in a timely manner so he can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.

 

Honorarium:

$625 * for each 1 one-hour long chat

 

Please visit Neal Shusterman to see his bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the page for a list of his books, information on his presentations when he comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information for getting his books from a variety of sources.  

 

Grade levels: 6-YA

Residence: CA