When your life gets "all shook up" can it ever really go back to being normal? Step into the world of Josh Greenwood and his divorced dad, Jerry Denny, in this hilarious new novel about fathers and sons. When a family crisis throws Josh and his dad together for a few months, 13-year old Josh discovers that his unemployed father is now trying to make a living as Elvis. Yes, Elvis...From blue suede shoes to rhinestone jumpsuits, author Shelley Pearsall saw it all while working on All Shook Up. She talked with a guy who hung out with Elvis, heard a drummer who played for Elvis, traveled to Elvis-A-Rama in Las Vegas on one of its final Elvis days, attended Elvis Fest in Canada and listened to more Elvis tribute performances than she can count.
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Free teacher's guide available for download here. (PDF download)
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- 2011-2012 Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee
- 2011 Rebecca Caudill Award (Illinois) nominee
- 2010-2011 Young Hoosier Book Award nominee
- Boys' Life Magazine Summer Reading choice, August issue
- 2008 Junior Library Guild selection
"Pearsall shows us a character from the inside -- as well as from the outside..."
Ages: Ages 8-14
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (May 13, 2008)