All Shook Up


272 pages

Ages: Ages 8-14

Publisher: Knopf

Setting: Chicago

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The King of Rock and Roll lives!  And he’s Josh’s dad.  A hilarious story about a thirteen year old boy living in Chicago with his “Elvis impersonator” dad. Shelley Pearsall interviewed more than two dozen Elvis impersonators in her research for this fiction novel.  A fun choice for summer reading or an all-school read!

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Junior Library Guild

Georgia Children’s Book Award nominee

Rebecca Caudill Award (Illinois) nominee

Young Hoosier Book Award nominee

Boys’ Life Magazine Summer Reading choice.



“All Shook Up is alternately wry, silly, thoughtful and laugh-out-loud funny.” BookPage magazine


“Through a wonderful and believable process of discovery…father and son come to understand each other.” School Library Journal


“One of those rare humor-filled books that will appeal to readers regardless of gender.”  VOYA magazine

Quick Classroom Idea


On page 14 in All Shook Up, Josh says you can tell a lot about a person by their coffee mug.  Using art supplies, have students design and decorate their own paper coffee mugs with slogans and illustrations that reflect their individuality and personality. 

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