Books by Shelley Pearsall

A former teacher and museum historian, Shelley Pearsall is now a full-time writer. Her first novel, Trouble Don’t Last, won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. She lives in Silver Lake, Ohio.


THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Luminescent, just like the artwork it celebrates. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Traumatized by his father's recent death, a boy throws a brick at an old man who collects junk in his neighborhood and winds up on probation working for him. Read full book review >
JUMP INTO THE SKY by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"The dawdling pace and obvious, militaristic similes combine to undercut its top-notch research and compelling premise for a disappointing conclusion. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The tone is as welcoming as warm honey over corn bread. Ah, if only a coming-of-age novel could live by bread alone. Read full book review >
ALL SHOOK UP by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2008

"Boys especially will identify with Josh's struggle to escape the stigma of an embarrassing parent. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Since his parents split when he was five, 13-year-old Josh Greenwood is accustomed to dividing his time between Boston with his orderly mother and Chicago vacations with his forgetful, shoe-salesman father. Read full book review >
ALL OF THE ABOVE by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Smart and fast-paced, this story inspires as well as entertains. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Cynical inner-city seventh graders are challenged by an odd idea from a math teacher. Read full book review >
CROOKED RIVER by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

"As Reb tries to sustain a life, Pearsall brings a snapshot of history to life. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Humanity and justice don't always join hands as 13-year-old Rebecca Carver painfully discovers; especially when it's 1812 in a small frontier settlement and a young Chippewa Indian is being held captive for the crime of murdering a white trapper. Read full book review >
TROUBLE DON’T LAST by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"This succeeds as a suspenseful historical adventure with survival at stake and makes clear that to succeed Harrison and Samuel, as well as others, must never give up even while combating manhunters, bloodhounds, mental illness, disease, hunger, cold, and their own despair. (Fiction. 11-14)"
At fellow slave Harrison's insistence, young Samuel is catapulted into an escape attempt from a Kentucky plantation that has been his whole world. Read full book review >