Neal Shusterman Books In Order

The Accelerati Trilogy Books In Publication Order

  1. Tesla’s Attic (2014)
  2. Edison’s Alley (2015)
  3. Hawking’s Hallway (2016)

Antsy Bonano Books In Publication Order

  1. The Schwa Was Here (2004)
  2. Antsy Does Time (2008)
  3. Ship Out of Luck (2013)

Arc of a Scythe Books In Publication Order

  1. Scythe (2016)
  2. Thunderhead (2018)
  3. The Toll (2019)

Dark Fusion Books In Publication Order

  1. Dread Locks (2005)
  2. Red Rider’s Hood (2005)
  3. Duckling Ugly (2006)

Darkness Creeping Books In Publication Order

  1. Darkness Creeping (1993)
  2. Darkness Creeping II (1995)

Mindquakes Books In Publication Order

  1. Mindquakes (1996)
  2. Mindstorms (1996)
  3. Mindtwisters (1997)
  4. Mindbenders (2000)

Shadow Club Books In Publication Order

  1. The Shadow Club (1988)
  2. The Shadow Club Rising (2002)

Skinjacker Books In Publication Order

  1. Everlost (2006)
  2. Everwild (2009)
  3. Everfound (2011)

Star Shards Chronicles Books In Publication Order

  1. Scorpion Shards (1995)
  2. Thief of Souls (1999)
  3. Shattered Sky (2002)

Unwind Dystology Books In Publication Order

  1. Unwind (2007)
  2. UnStrung (With: Michelle Knowlden) (2012)
  3. UnWholly (2012)
  4. UnSouled (2013)
  5. UnDivided (2014)
  6. UnBound (2015)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Dissidents (1989)
  2. Chasing Forgiveness / What Daddy Did (1991)
  3. The Eyes of Kid Midas (1992)
  4. Speeding Bullet (1992)
  5. The Dark Side of Nowhere (1996)
  6. Downsiders (1999)
  7. Full Tilt (2003)
  8. Bruiser (2010)
  9. Challenger Deep (2015)
  10. Dry (2018)
  11. Game Changer (2021)
  12. Roxy (With: Jarrod Shusterman) (2021)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. The Dirt on Our Shoes (2013)
  2. Resurrection Bay (2013)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. It’s Ok to Say No to Cigarettes and Alcohol (1988)
  2. Kid Heroes (1991)

Children’s Books In Publication Order

  1. Piggyback Ninja (1994)

The X-Files: Young Adult Books In Publication Order

  1. Bad Sign (1996)
  2. Our Town (By:Eric Elfman) (1996)
  3. Control (By:Cliff Nielsen,Everett Owens) (1996)
  4. The Calusari (By:Garth Nix) (1997)
  5. Eve (By:Ellen Steiber) (1997)
  6. The Host (By:Les Martin) (1997)
  7. Fresh Bones (By:Les Martin) (1997)
  8. Empathy (By:Ellen Steiber) (1998)
  9. Grotesque (By:Ellen Steiber) (1998)
  10. Quarantine (By:Les Martin) (1998)
  11. Howlers (By:Everett Owens) (1998)
  12. Hungry Ghosts (By:Ellen Steiber) (1998)
  13. Haunted (By:Ellen Steiber) (1998)
  14. Miracle Man (By:Terry Bisson) (1998)
  15. Regeneration (By:Everett Owens) (1999)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Other Worlds (2013)
  2. Violent Ends (2015)
  3. Scary Out There (2016)
  4. Nights of the Living Dead Anthology (2017)

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Neal Shusterman Books Overview

The Schwa Was Here

They say his clothes blend into the background, no matter where he stands. They say a lot of things about the Schwa, but one thing’s for sure: no one ever noticed him. Except me. My name is Antsy Bonano and I was the one who realized the Schwa was ‘functionally invisible’ and used him to make some big bucks. But I was also the one who caused him more grief than a friend should. So if you all just shut up and listen, I ll tell you everything there is to know about the Schwa, from how he got his name, to what really happened with his mom. I ll spill everything. Unless, of course, ‘the Schwa Effect’ wipes him out of my brain before I m done…

Antsy Does Time

It was a dumb idea, but one of those dumb ideas that accidentally turns out to be brilliant which, I ve come to realize, is much worse than being dumb. My name’s Antsy Bonano but you probably already know that and unless you got, like, memory issues, you ll remember the kid named the Schwa, who I told you about last time. Well, now there s this other kid, and his story is a whole lot stranger. It all started when Gunnar mlaut and I were watching three airborne bozos struggle with a runaway parade balloon. That s when Gunnar tells me he s only got six months to live. Maybe it was because he said he was living on borrowed time, or maybe it was just because I wanted to do something meaningful for him, but I gave him a month of my life…

And that s when things began to get seriously weird.

Dread Locks

Dread Locks is the first entry in the Dark Fusion series from master storyteller Neal Shusterman. He cleverly weaves together familiar parts of fairy tales and Greek mythology to tell the story of fourteen year old Parker Bear, rich and utterly bored with life until a new girl arrives in town. Tara’s eyes are always hidden behind designer sunglas*ses, and her hair, blond with glimmering spirals, seems almost alive. Parker watches, fascinated, as one by one Tara chooses high school students to befriend; he even helps her by making the necessary introductions. Over time, her ‘friends’ develop strange quirks, such as drinking gallons of milk, eating dirt, and becoming lethargic. By the time Parker realizes what Tara is doing, he is too embroiled to stop her. In fact, she has endowed him with certain cravings of his own…
. To say more would spoil the spooky fun of this wild thriller let the twist speak for itself and leave you still as a statue.

Red Rider’s Hood

Red rides around his tough urban neighborhood in his blood red Mustang. It satisfies his urge to wander, and it usually keeps him safe from the gangs in town, the Wolves and the Crypts. But when Red’s grandmother is mugged by some members of the Wolves, Red can no long sit on the sidelines. He decides to join the Wolves as a pledge so he can learn how to defeat them. Soon he uncovers their terrible secret: they are werewolves with a thirst for human blood. Instead of feeling horrified, Red envies the Wolves freedom and power. Even as he trains to kill them under an unlikely but cunning werewolf hunter he has come to see them as packmates. Finally he is faced with a choice at the next full moon: take up the Wolves murderous ways, or take them down.

Duckling Ugly

Cara is so ugly, mirrors would rather break than show her reflection. Not even her own parents can deny her ugliness, and nothing can make up for the cruelty of her schoolmates. Tormented and tortured by the shallow people of Flock’s Rest, Cara s life is miserable. Then Cara receives a shimmering note from some exotic place suggesting that there s more to her than meets the eye. Cara wonders if her destiny has something to do with her recurring dreams of a beautiful green valley where the people are so accepting, her ugliness doesn t matter. Soon, Cara discovers that her valley of dreams is real. It s a place where the ugliest of ducklings can become swans. A swan, however, can have a serious taste for revenge…
deadly revenge.

Darkness Creeping

Imagine being trapped forever in someone else’s nightmare, with no means of escape. Or caught on one of the most terrifying roller coasters of all time, when suddenly the tracks ahead just disappear. Enter the world of Darkness Creeping, where hollow eyed skulls arrive in the mail and nothing is as it seems. Boston Globe Horn Book Award winner and beloved author Neal Shusterman walks on the dark side with this classic collection of masterfully creepy stories so horrifying, you may have to read them twice to remind yourself they re not real.


From award winner Neal Shusterman author of The Dark Side of Nowhere and Scorpion Shards comes a spectacular collection of stories that are by turns terrifying, comic, darkly inventive, thought provoking, and always just slightly off center.


A teenager and his mother embark on a whirlwind pleasure cruise, hoping to escape from their problems and searching for a little rest and relaxation. So they book passage on a no frills excursion to the exotic Far East. Sounds like fun, huh? Too bad pleasure isn’t on the ship’s itinerary!Darren hears voices…
in his head. Everyone thinks he’s crazy. Even Darren begins to doubt his own sanity when a mysterious stranger pays him a late night visit. Who is he? A time traveler, it turns out. A time traveler from 350 million years ago!A boy on his way back from a family holiday is annoyed when he picks up the wrong luggage at the airport. Well, he might as well try the clothes on for size, right? It’s a perfect fit. Except for that weird third sleeve…
. Like a spidery fracture in an otherwise unblemished pane of glass, there exists in the mind a place where reality is warped to expose a world of distortions. Each of these stories is an unforgettable glimpse into that mysterious world a place called Mindstorms.


Ever have the feeling your head isn’t screwed on right? That things just seem a bit…
weird? Welcome to Mindbenders. Not a place, but a state of mind. Think reality…
with a twist. How twisted? Let’s just say your brain will turn into a pretzel. By turns terrifying, hysterical, thought provoking, bizarre, each story in this dazzling collection is a wild, high octane, heart thumping journey into the unknown.

The Shadow Club

The Shadow Club starts simply enough: the kids who are tired of being second-best get together and, for the first time, talk about how they feel. But soon the members decide to play practical jokes on the first-place winners they envy, and things begin to spin dangerously out of control.

‘This is a provocative novel…
The plot is ingeniously simple and the course of events compelling. Brisk enough to snag a popular audience, but forceful in impact, it will leave readers thinking.’ Booklist, starred review

The Shadow Club Rising

The Shadow Club doesn’t exist anymore. The group of second best kids used to play anonymous practical jokes on their rivals, until things spiraled out of control. Now Jared and the ex Shadow Club members are having a hard time shaking their reputation. And when the new golden boy at school is the victim of a series of nasty pranks, everyone’s convinced Jared is to blame. Determined to prove his innocence, Jared soon becomes wrapped up in a nightmare worse than anything the Shadow Club ever caused.


Nick and Allie don t survive the car accident but their souls don t exactly get where they re supposed to go either. Instead, they re caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It’s a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

When they find Mary, the self proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like he s found a home, but Allie isn t satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the Criminal Art of haunting, and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.

In this imaginative novel, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between.


Everlost, the limbo land of dead children, is at war. Nick the Chocolate Ogre wants to help the children of Everlost reach the light at the end of the tunnel. Mary Hightower, self proclaimed queen of lost children and dangerous fanatic, is determined to keep Everlost’s children trapped within its limbo for all eternity. Traveling in the memory of the Hindenburg, Mary is spreading her propaganda and attracting Afterlights to her cause at a frightening speed. Meanwhile, Allie the Outcast travels home to seek out her parents, along with Mikey, who was once the terrifying monster the McGill. Allie is tempted by the seductive thrill of skinjacking the living, until she discovers the shocking truth about skinjackers. Critically acclaimed author Neal Shusterman writes a book about life, death, and how the choices we make define ourselves in this luminous sequel to Everlost, which Orson Scott Card called marvelously inventive…
and magically beautiful.


As Mary Hightower slumbers in a glass coffin waiting to be reborn back into Everlost, her allies and henchmen begin to carry out her terrible mission. Mary’s army is joined by a newcomer: Jix, a spy for the Mayan King of Everlost. A furjacker who skinjacks great cats, Jix has his own agenda. Meanwhile, Mikey McGill desperately tries to rescue Allie the Outcast. At his side is Nick the ‘Chocolate Ogre,’ who has become pure chocolate and hardly remembers himself at all. Mikey encounters a creature that scares even the mighty McGill: a scar wraith, whose touch can extinguish an Afterlight forever. It becomes clear that the outcome will determine not just the fate of Everlost, but the fate of the living world as well. Critically acclaimed author Neal Shusterman brings to a close the trilogy that Kirkus Reviews called ‘beautiful and imaginative’ with this stunning final volume.

Scorpion Shards

Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages ; Dimensions in inches: 0. 76 x 6. 80 x 4. 25 Publisher: Tor Books; ISBN: 0812524659; Reprint edition June 2000 There are so many outsiders in YA fiction, it’s time for a novel about the loneliness of being normal’

Thief of Souls

For five young people born with extraordinary powers, a climactic battle against Evil seemingly brought an end to their nightmare. But as they will discover, the nightmare has only begun. Imprisoned for thousands of years, an ancient, malevolent force The Bringer awaits the moment when it can break free and wreak its revenge upon the world. Only one force can stop it: the power of the five.

Shattered Sky

It began innocently enough: six children conceived at the exact moment that the star Mentaras H went supernova. The explosion transformed their souls into living star fragments. It also conferred upon each of them a unique but mysterious power a power that until they learned its secret masqueraded as a warping disfigurement. For some, it was physical. For others, it was emotional. But for ALL six it meant one thing: their lives would never be the same. In time they unlocked the secret of their power. Their gifts brought them incredible riches and attention. Once despised for their deformities, they would come to be worshiped and feared as gods. But with unlimited power would come the temptation to abuse it and in a desperate struggle for supremacy the risk of turning against one another like hungry wolves. But only now will the true cost of their gifts be revealed. A new and terrifying force has been loosed in the universe. It infects an alien planet like a rampaging virus. When the inhabitants of the doomed planet are forced to flee, they must conquer and colonize a new planet. Their choice: Earth. Only one power exists that could conceivably prevent the extermination of the human race: the Star Shards. But only if the six put aside their titanic egos and join forces. Welcome to Judgment Day.


In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro Choice and Pro Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called ‘Unwinding.’ Unwinding ensures that the child’s life doesn t technically end by transplanting all the organs in the child’s body to various recipients. Now a common and accepted practice in society, troublesome or unwanted teens are able to easily be unwound. With breath taking suspense, this book follows three teens who all become runaway Unwinds: Connor, a rebel whose parents have ordered his Unwinding; Risa, a ward of the state who is to be unwound due to cost cutting; and Lev, his parents’ tenth child whose Unwinding has been planned since birth as a religious tithing. As their paths intersect and lives hang in the balance, Shusterman examines serious moral issues in a way that will keep readers turning the pages to see if Connor, Risa, and Lev avoid meeting their untimely ends.


Fifteen year old Derek, son of the recently deceased American ambassador to the Soviet Union, decides to smuggle a Russian dissident’s daughter out of Moscow and achieves a greater understanding of himself, his principles, and his deep seated feelings for his father.

Chasing Forgiveness / What Daddy Did

Just One Big Happy Family…
That’s the way Preston Scott would have described his all American family. His parents seemed to have everything, including the ideal marriage. But then their perfect life started to unravel. Mr. and Mrs. Scott began to. fight vicious, hurtful, drawn out battles that went on day after day. Finally one day Mrs. Scott moved out. And that’s when Preston’s nightmare began…
Now, three years later, Preston’s dad is getting out of prison, and Preston is no closer to coming to terms with his feelings about him. Because how can you forgive your father for killing someone…
when that someone was your mother?Here is Preston’s searing true story about upheaval, growth, faith…
and the power of love. No one has an inkling that handsome, athletic, and talented Preston Scott is carrying a terrible secret: His father was imprisoned three years ago. Now Mr. Scott is coming home to live with Preston and his little brother, Tyler and Preston has yet to come to terms with his feelings about him. Because how can you forgive your father for killing someone…
when that someone was your mother? This unforgettable novel is a fictionalized account based on the words of the boy who experienced these events firsthand. 1992 Best Books for Young Adults ALAChildren’s Choices for 1992 IRA/CBCYoung Adult Choices for 1993 IRA1992 Outstanding Young Adult Fiction Award The Southern California Council on Literature1993 94 Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Oklahoma Library Association

The Eyes of Kid Midas

Atop the Divine Watch lies the key to the most awesome power imaginable a pair of sunglas*ses that grant their wearer access to their every dream. All it takes is a wish…
But before Kevin Midas realizes it, his wishes are tearing his world apart. The Eyes of Kid Midas is a story of one boy’s struggle to control his thirst for revenge as well as his desire for everything else: cars, stereos, even the girl he loves. Anything is possible for the wearer of the shades but beware…
their powers can be addictive.

Speeding Bullet

After Nick Herrera saved a little girl from being his by a New York City subway car, things have been different…
. He has been different. Now it seems as if accidents are falling at his feet and he’s destined to play the role of the hero. But more importantly, Linda Lanko, one of the richest girls in the city, has noticed him a below average student from a poor family. But is Nick’s invincibility just good luck, or is something else responsible?

The Dark Side of Nowhere

Jason is having a bad day. The kind of day when you just don’t feel like yourself. Only for Jason, it’s not just a feeling. He really isn’t himself. Not any more. Who is he? That’s the problem. Jason isn’t sure. And it’s not just him. Everyone in town is acting weird. His friends. His parents. Everyone. Billington is usually such a normal town. As Jason is about to discover, nothing will ever be normal again.


Beneath the sewer grates and manholes of the city lies a strange and secret world called the Downside. Every Downsider knows that it’s forbidden to go Topside, and most fear a collision of the two worlds. But fourteen year old Talon is curious about what goes on above ground, and one day he ventures out in search of medicine for his ailing sister. There he meets Lindsay, who is as curious about Talon’s world as he is about hers. When Lindsay visits the Downside for the first time, she marvels at the spirit of the Downsiders, and the way they create works of art from topside ‘trash,’ like old subway tokens and forgotten earrings. As awed as she is by the Downside, however, she also questions its origins, and when she finds out that this fantastic world is not all it appears to be, she is determined to tell Talon the truth. Then a construction accident threatens to crush Talon’s world, and his loyalty is put to the test. Can the truth save the Downside, or will it destroy an entire civilization? Neal Shusterman takes readers on an amazing journey into a place that’s only a few steps away, yet beyond their wildest dreams.

Full Tilt

Sixteen year old Blake has always been the responsible one in his dysfunctional family the one who drives safely, gets good grades, and looks after his wild younger brother, Quinn. Quinn is his brother’s opposite a thrill seeker who’s always chasing the next scary rush, no matter what the cost. But Quinn and Blake are in for the surprise of their lives when they’re thrust into the world of a bizarre phantom carnival and their souls are the price of admission.

In order to save his brother, and himself, Blake must survive seven different carnival rides before dawn. Seven rides…
it sounds easy. But each ride is full of unexpected dangers, because each ride is a reflection of one of Blake’s deepest fears. And the last ride is the worst one of all. Because that’s the one that confronts Blake with a terrifying secret from his past a secret he’s been running from for years.

Full of roller coaster twists and turns, Neal Shusterman’s latest page turner is an Orpheus like adventure into one boy’s psyche.


Tennyson: Don’t get me started on the Bruiser. He was voted ‘Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty’ by the entire school. He’s the kid no one knows, no one talks to, and everyone hears disturbing rumors about. So why is my sister, Bront , dating him? One of these days she’s going to take in the wrong stray dog, and it’s not going to end well. Bront : My brother has no right to talk about Brewster that way no right to threaten him. There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends why he can’t care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that can’t be explained. I know, because they’re happening to me. Award winning author Neal Shusterman has crafted a chilling and unforgettable novel about the power of unconditional friendship, the complex gear workings of a family, and the sacrifices we endure for the people we love.

Eve (By:Ellen Steiber)

When two grisly identical murders happen simultaneously on different coasts,Mulder and Scully have only one clue:two identical girls who may or ,may not be criminally involved. Their investigation leads them to a DNA splicing doctor and a terrifying question:Were these little girls created as killing machines?Mulder and Scully need to find out,before the next crop of killers is born…

Grotesque (By:Ellen Steiber)

Stone Cold A serial killer is stalking the city, slashing his victims’ faces before killing them. But when the murderer is caught, he claims to have been possessed by the spirit of an ancient, malicious gargoyle one he fears will now possess someone else. When the brutal deaths continue, even after the alleged killer is safely jailed, Special Agent Mulder and Scully are called in. Is this the work of a copycat killer? Or could a demonic force somehow be responsible? Mulder can think of only one way to solve the case: In order to catch a monster, you’ve got to become one yourself…

Hungry Ghosts (By:Ellen Steiber)

It is Yu Lan in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts a time of year when offerings are made to appease the ghosts roaming the earth. Only this time several murders have occurred, and the last victim left behind one message: the Chinese character meaning ghost. Locals fear that perhaps the Hungry Ghosts have not been appeased, and are seeking revenge. But when Special Agents Mulder and Scully are asked to investigate, they stumble upon a deadly lottery run by a secret society of Chinese immigrants. The winner receives a large sum of money but the cost of losing could mean death.

Haunted (By:Ellen Steiber)

Someone, or something, is shadowing Lauren Kyte an unseen force that swiftly and brutally murders anyone who dares to cross her path. Could it be an overprotective poltergeist, or is Lauren herself a murderous mastermind? FBI Agents Mulder and Scully need to uncover the secret if they hope to stop the killing spree in Lauren’s wake.

Miracle Man (By:Terry Bisson)

Losing FaithYoung Samuel has the gift of healing. With just a touch of his hand, the crippled walk, the blind see, and even the most fatal of cancers are miraculously cured. But when one of his followers suddenly collapses and dies in the pulpit, Samuel is under suspicion of murder. FBI Special Agents Mulder and Scully are on the scene, hoping to see one of Samuel’s miracles firsthand, when they witness yet another murder. Is this just a lethal publicity stunt? Or can the small town spiritual healer’s touch actually bring death? Mulder and Scully need to see the light before Samuel makes any new converts.

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