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Meet Neal Shusterman tomorrow

Challenger DeepChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman is Loudoun County Public Library's 2016 title for the 1book 1community event. There are  unlimited copies to download on OverDrive.

Shusterman will visit Tuscarora High School in Leesburg on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. to discuss his work and sign books. Don't miss this event! And please join us for one of the many Challenger Deep book clubs leading up to Shusterman's visit.

1book 1community is a countywide reading program that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. The program is made possible by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund, which provides thousands of copies of the chosen title every year.

About the book 

Challenger Deep is the story of Caden Bosch, a teenaged boy who questions reality when he intermittently finds himself on a galleon headed for the deepest part of the world’s oceans; the point known as Challenger Deep. His friends and family notice his odd behavior, but no one, not even Caden, can differentiate between reality and fiction. His diagnosis of Schizophrenia leads his parents to make a difficult decision, and forces Caden to confront the villains in his head. Challenger Deep enlightens readers by diving into the uncharted territory of mental illness.

About the author

Neal ShustermanShusterman won the 2015 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature for Challenger Deep. He is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Bruiser, The Schwa Was Here; and the UnWind series, among many more. His books have won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, a California Young Reader Medal, and have been listed on the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) choice list, the YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list, and twelve state lists.

Illustrations for Challenger Deep were created by Brendan Shusterman, son of the author, drawn during the earliest days of his own mental illness. His career as an artist and author includes participation in the 2015 collaborative novel Violent Ends, and forthcoming novels and books of poetry. 

A note from the author

"Challenger Deep is by no means a work of fiction. The places that Caden goes are all too real. One in three U.S. families is affected by the specter of mental illness. I know, because our family is one of them. We faced many of the same things Caden and his family did. I watched as someone I loved journeyed  to the deep, and I felt powerless to stop the descent.  With the help of my son, I’ve tried to capture what  that descent was like."

-- Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep honors

2015 National Book Award Winner, Young People’s Literature 

2016 Golden Kite Winner, Fiction

2015 Boston Globe Horn Book Award, Fiction Honor Winner

Previous 1book 1community titles and authors:

2015: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

2014: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

2013: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

2012: When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

2011: Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

2010: Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni

2009: The Wall: Growing Up Behing the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis

2008:  Nothing But the Truth by Avi

2007:  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2006:  The Giver by Lois Lowry

2005:  Witness by Karen Hesse

2004: The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal

A countywide reading program that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

Sponsored by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund