Shelley Pearsall is an author with Random House Children's Books. She writes for tween and teen readers (ages 10 - 14). Her inspiring and thought-provoking novels are used in schools and libraries nationwide. Check out her newest book, The Seventh Most Important Thing, an Autumn 2015 Kids' Indie Next List Pick by the American Booksellers Association.

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The Seventh Most Important Thing
288 pages, ages 10 - 14

- Kirkus Reviews,

"A moving exploration of how there is often so much more than meets the eye."
- Booklist, starred

"Pearsall has struck just the right tone..."
School Library Journal, starred review

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Get inspired! A former teacher, Shelley Pearsall is a dynamic speaker whose author programs and writing workshops have reached more than 150,000 students in grades K-8. Shelley’s grade-level assemblies feature stories, humor, and memorable visuals including the unforgettable “Tower of Rough Drafts.” Her interactive writing workshops bring the creative process to life for students.

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Grades 5 - 9 Grades 4 - 6
Great STEM Choice!
Grades 5 - 8
Starred Reviews
A Booklist Editors' Choice selection
Black History Top Ten, Feb.2014, Scholastic Instructor
Social Studies (NCSS) Notable Book 2013
2008 Junior Library
Guild selection
3-state reading award nominee
2007 ALA Notable
ALA Quick Picks
for Reluctant Readers
8-state reading award nominee
Grades 5 and Up Grades 4 - 8
Starred Reviews
2006 Social Studies Notable Trade Book for Youth
5-state reading award nominee
2003 Scott O'Dell Winner
Best Book of the Year
(Bank Street)