Shelley Pearsall

Shelley Pearsall

Shelley Pearsall is the author of seven nationally-recognized books for middle grade and teen readers. They include award-winning historical fiction titles like TROUBLE DON'T LAST, along with realistic fiction titles like THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING and ALL OF THE ABOVE inspired by a real-life middle school. Shelley is a passionate believer in the power of books to build bridges and start conversations. Her novels are used in classrooms and libraries nationwide, and they are frequently selected for One School One Book and community-wide reading events. Shelley's newest novel THINGS SEEN FROM ABOVE, featuring a boy with a special visual gift, was an Amazon Book of the Month pick in 2020. Her earlier novels have been recognized by numerous school and library associations. TROUBLE DON’T LAST received the prestigious Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2003. THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING was an ALA Notable Book selection along with ALL OF THE ABOVE, which was recently named a 2020 Mathical Honor Book for its math themes and connections. Other awards and nominations include: ILA Teacher's Choice, Junior Library Guild, Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year, ALSC Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, Booklist Editor's Choice, Kirkus Best Books of the Year, BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, Notable Social Studies Trade Book along with numerous state reading award nominations. Shelley's books have been translated into multiple languages. Before becoming a full-time author, Shelley taught in Ohio's public schools and worked as a museum educator where she created museum theater events and educational programs. She earned a master's in education (M.Ed). Over the last 20 years, Shelley's guest author visits and writing workshops have reached more than a quarter-million students around the world. When she isn't writing, Shelley can be found hiking the trails of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Akron, Ohio where she lives with her British husband Mike and two rescue cats, Charlie and Lola. Visit Shelley's websites for more details: and Follow Shelley on Twitter @ShelleyPearsall
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