Giveaway: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (US Only)
by NEAL SHUSTERMAN
Release Date: 4/21/15
About the Book
New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman has a devoted and passionate following of young fans worldwide because his novels and stories get to the heart of young people’s experiences. He regularly tackles such universal issues as isolation and loneliness, fear of failure, bullying, as well as the complications inherent in friendship and family. Now, he takes on his most deeply personal and heartrending topic to date, with an imaginative exploration of mental illness in CHALLENGER DEEP (HarperTeen: Hardcover: $17.99; Pub date: April 21, 2015, Ages 14 and up).
Although a work of fiction, the novel is deeply rooted in Neal’s own experience with his son Brendan, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 16 years old. For several years after diagnosis, Neal and his family worked to pull Brendan from the depths of the disease.
Happily, Brendan is now 26 years old and is doing well; while he will never be fully cured, he has his condition under control and is living a normal life. Paralleling Brendan’s journey, CHALLENGER DEEP is a book Neal felt compelled to write to honor his son and to show readers that there is hope and healing on the other side of mental illness.
“With CHALLENGER DEEP, I wanted to offer a fresh, unflinching perspective, to help people understand, and to submerge readers in the strange surreal depths of mental illness, seeing it from the inside out,” explains Shusterman. “The character of Caden Bosch is not my son – but many of the situations are taken from real life – including the events leading up to and during his hospitalization.”
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
About the Author
Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Bruiser, which was a Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) choice, a YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults pick, and was on twelve state lists; The Schwa Was Here; and the UnWind series, among many other books. He lives in California with his four children. You can visit him online at www.storyman.com.
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5 winners will each receive one hardcover of CHALLENGER DEEP. US only.
Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.
During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: Have you read anything from Neal before?
I've read the first three books from his Unwind series and they were all so amazing! I've heard good things about this one too, so can't wait to see if I win!
I have read his entire Unwind series. They were an interesting take on a dystopian society where teenagers with unwanted behaviors were unwound. I tell my middle schoolers about this series all the time and it shocks them!
I haven't read anything by Neal before, but I'm very interested in this one! On my TBR list for sure.
Thanks for the giveaway!
I have not read any of Neal's books, but I will. This subject is one that hits very close to home for me and I hope that it will be handled with intelligence and heart.