“I believe in the possibilities of books to build bridges and start conversations.”


Shelley Pearsall is the author of six books for middle grade andDSCN2441 (2) teen readers.  Her inspiring and thought-provoking novels are used in classrooms nationwide, and she is a popular school speaker.  Prior to becoming a full-time author, Shelley was a teacher in the public schools, as well as working in the education departments of several parks and history museums where she created museum theater programs.  She has a B.A. from The College of Wooster and M.Ed. from John Carroll University.


Shelley’s first book, Trouble Don’t Last, was published in 2002 and received the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction.  All of the Above and The Seventh Most Important Thing are ALA Notable Books.  All six of Shelley’s books have appeared on numerous state reading award lists.


As an author, Shelley is committed to bringing history to life for readers in engaging and compelling ways.  Since childhood, she has written stories with diverse characters and voices because she believes in the possibilities of books to build bridges and start conversations.  Frequently, her novels feature themes of personal courage and overcoming adversity in unexpected and surprising ways.


Today, Shelley lives in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio with her British husband, Mike, and their shelter cat named Charlie.  When Shelley isn’t writing or visiting schools, Shelley and Mike love to travel the world in search of new stories and adventures.



These facts are WAY more interesting…


Shelley was born in 1966, the same year Star Trek started and Quaker Instant Oatmeal was invented.


Her family lived in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio called Parma which was known for pink flamingo lawn ornaments.  (Her family didn’t have one).


As a child, she used to write in her bedroom closet.


When she was thirteen, she sent her first “book” to New York publishers.  It was rejected, but a famous editor sent a note to her, encouraging her to keep writing (see below).


In high school, she competed in National History Day where she placed second at Nationals in Washington, D.C. twice.


She has collected shells as a hobby since she was a kid—and owns more than two hundred specimens from around the world.   Today, she still enjoys searching for empty shells on the beach.

My first letter from an editor at age 13
My first letter from an editor at age 13