All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall

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Based on a true story, All of the Above is the delightful and suspenseful story of four inner city students and their quest to build the world's largest tetrahedron. Weaving together the different personal stories of the kids, their teacher, and the community that surrounds them, award-winning author Shelley Pearsall has written a vividly engaging story about the math, life and good-tasting barbecue. Filled with unexpected humor, poignant characters and quiet brilliance, All of the Above is a surprising gem.

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A former teacher and museum historian, SHELLEY PEARSALL is now a full-time writer. Her first novel, Trouble Don’t Last, won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. To learn more about the author and her work, visit

Author Residence: Silver Lake, OH
Published December 2, 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 234 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Armed with reams of paper and glue sticks, the students begin building the huge structure piece by piece.

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Sharice, bright and sociable, makes helpful lists, organizes their Christmas party, yet suffers privately, severely neglected by ""foster non-parent #5."" Shy, smart Rhondell wonders if Mr. Collins's contest will bring her dream of college closer.

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A student is routinely neglected by her foster parent: Because she doesn't trust the child, the parent refuses to leave her home alone, forcing her to roam the streets while the foster parent goes on late-night dates.

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All of a sudden, their record-breaking project becomes not just a math project, but a symbol for their whole lives: "When you have a dream and you see it broken right in front of your eyes, it makes you think that maybe you never should have dreamed it in the first place.

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