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michelle schusterman.




"The beautifully creepy plot deftly weaves together old-time–y fears with fresh outlooks through richly realized characters who feel immediate and modern despite the 1952 setting. Especially well done is the approach to gender, as Chance, Penny, and Constance all struggle with different realities of embodiment and expression without resorting to cheap sentiment or heavy-handedness.


An excellent melding of horror and heart, this complex story will appeal to a wide range of readers." 

Kirkus, starred review for SPELL & SPINDLE

"Each chapter overlaps just a bit, with clues and epiphanies that move the action forward slowly at first, later building to a rapid, heart-stopping crescendo.

Aided by Addie's TikTok videos, an international community of viewers, and a strategy generated by Addie, max, and Darwin, the colony is saved—at least for now. despite being of different species, the protagonists are devoted to each other, and their cause will capture readers' hearts. 

complex, timely, and deeply moving."

Kirkus, waddle I do without you

Publishers Weekly, starred review for THE PROS OF CONS

"Don’t be fooled by that cute cartoon cover: this is a true-blue ghost story. Richly drawn and occasionally melancholy, this is a ghost story with a timeless feel, featuring a city gone to seed, a decaying theater, and a family falling apart.


It's a haunting and ethereal tale in the vein of Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord. Nods to Edgar Allan Poe make it atmospheric, and Olive herself, a lonely heroine with ghosts in her past, give it soul." 

Booklist, starred review for OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST

In The Press



Michelle is the author of over a dozen critically acclaimed novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Her books have received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher's Weekly and have received honors including multiple Junior Library Guild selections, the CBCC Best of 2019 List, ALA's Rainbow List and Quick Picks for Reluctant

Readers List, and the NC State College of Education Comic Relief Reading List. After thirteen years of moving from Salvador to Seoul to Seattle to New York City, Michelle is currently back in her hometown of Dallas with her husband, Josh, and their polar bear disguised as a lab puppy, Rosa. 


Michelle is represented by rick Richter at Aevitas creative management

Visits & Workshops

Visits & Workshops

Brooklyn Public Library Visit

Since 2014, Michelle has taught over one thousand students and led hundreds of creative writing workshops with Writopia Lab, Writing Workshops Dallas and Lawson Writers Academy.


For more information on presentations and pricing, download this PDF or email her at


Please note that I don't do book reviews. If you're reaching out about a manuscript critique or similar editorial/coaching services, please check out my book coach packages! 

*I am currently not available for ghostwriting projects.*


Michelle is represented by Rick Richter at Aevitas Creative Management.

USA:  1 571 758 5615 | UK: (+44) 20 7841 3958 

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