Neal Shusterman - Challenger Deep

Saturday 15 August 2020
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Genevieve Kruyssen is in-conversation with Neal Shusterman for the Australian launch of his his young adult novel Challenger Deep.

Walker Books Australia brings Neal Shusterman’s deeply moving and personal novel, Challenger Deep, to Australian readers for the first time. First published in the US in 2016, it is the winner of a National Book Award and a Golden Kite Award.

Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behaviour. Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.

Challenger Deep is a deeply personal novel for Neal Shusterman, as his son Brendan was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a teenager. Twelve pieces of artwork in the book were done by Brendan himself.

Neal Shusterman's bestselling Arc of a Scythe series has been sold to 16 territories and counting, and the film rights to Dry were won by Paramount Pictures in a multi-studio auction.

About the Author

Neal Shusterman is an award-winning author whose books include the Arc of a Scythe series (Scythe, Thunderhead and The Toll), the New York Times bestselling Unwind series and Dry, co-written with his son, Jarrod. Challenger Deep was the winner of a National Book Award. Neal also writes screenplays for film and television, for shows such as Goosebumps and Animorphs. He lives in Florida and has four children.