Young Adult Author Neal Shusterman to Visit University Laboratory School


LSU University Laboratory School (ULS) will host award winning young adult author Neal Shusterman, on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the ULS auditorium.

Shusterman is the author of several celebrated books, including the wildly popular UnWind series, which will be adapted into film in 2015. The film adaptation of his previous book, Everlost hit theaters in 2009. He is a celebrated novelist, screenwriter and television writer and has written episodes of popular teen TV shows including “Goosebumps” and “Animorphs” as well as the Disney Channel Original Movie “Pixel Perfect.”

“We place great value on helping our students develop into lifelong readers and learners,” says ULS middle and high school librarian, Dr. Charity Cantey. “Events like this help build and strengthen a community of readers.  We have a large number of middle and high school students (and teachers!) who are fans of Mr. Shusterman’s work, and we’re excited to provide this opportunity to meet him in person.  An event like this is an exciting way to celebrate books and reading as a community, to come together over books we love and learn more about them, while welcoming the author into our community of readers.”

In addition to his event Monday evening, Shusterman will be conducting workshops with ULS 10th and 11th grade students who have read and discussed his Unwind series in Dr. Emily Tarver’s English classes. In addition, Shusterman will also lead writing workshops with small groups of ULS middle and high school students prior to the evening session.

“Students will be able to ask questions and converse with the author about his work and his writing process,” says Dr. Cantey. “For teen readers, meeting an author can help forge a deeper connection with books and build enthusiasm for reading.  For writers, working with someone who is making a living at the craft is an invaluable opportunity to learn about the process and hone their own skills.” 

The evening event is open to teens, teachers, librarians, parents and families, and LSU faculty and students. Space is limited so attendees are encouraged to RSVP.


Interested parties can do so by emailing middle/high school librarian Dr. Charity Cantey at

About University Lab School
The University Laboratory School was established by the College of Education, now known as the College of Human Sciences & Education, of Louisiana State University and has operated under its auspices for nearly 100 years. This coeducational school exists as an independent system to provide training opportunities for pre- and in-service teachers and to serve as a demonstration and educational research center. The school is located on the main campus of LSU in Baton Rouge.

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About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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