“A shift in perspective can change everything.”

Shelley Pearsall • Sun, Mar 14 – 3:00 pm

Shelley Pearsall

Shelley Pearsall is the author of seven acclaimed books for middle grade and 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 classroom teacher. She has also worked in the education departments of several parks and history museums where she created museum theater events and led public programs. She has a B.A. from The College of Wooster and a Master’s in Education, M. Ed., from John Carroll University.

Event and Book

Battle of the Books welcomes Shelley Pearsall as the featured author for the 2020-2021 battle season. Pearsall is the author of seven highly-acclaimed books for middle grade and teen readers including All of the Above, The Seventh Most Important Thing, and her latest title, Things Seen From Above. Pearsall is known for her relatable characters, descriptive writing style, and moments that readers reflect on long after the final pages are read.

The Battle of the Books Championship: Pandemic Edition begins at 2 p.m., with Shelley Pearsall to follow to 3 p.m. EST.

Guest Host | Ben Whiting

Buy the Book

Bay Books – Suttons Bay

Brilliant Books – Traverse City

Cottage Book Shop – Glen Arbor

Horizon Books – Traverse City

McLean & Eakin – Petoskey

Saturn Booksellers – Gaylord

Battle of the Books Sponsors

Thank you to our amazing Battle of the Book sponsors:


Efulfillment Service


Hazelnut Kids

Rick & Sera Thompson

Robert & Anne Tucker


Thank you to our grantors and partners:

The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation

Traverse City Area District Library

major sponsors

Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network
Michigan Arts and Culture Council
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