Welcome to
One Book One Day!

Shelley PearsallHello Teachers,

I’m Shelley Pearsall. I’m a professional author and a former teacher who visits schools to talk about books and writing.  I have six novels for tweens and teens, published by Random House and Hachette Books.

ALL OF THE ABOVE, my nationally-recognized novel for grades 4 and up, has been used by schools across the country as an all-school read. It is currently an Action Book Club pick by the Little Free Library.  The idea for this site began when several middle schools tried reading the entire book together in a single day — with some fun activities in between!

Their enthusiasm for this simple concept is what got this website rolling.

What is “One Book One Day”?

One Book One Day challenges intermediate and middle schools to read an entire novel together in one day.  Imagine administrators, cafeteria staff, teachers, students—all reading and talking about and enjoying one book together.

“Students were amazed that we read One Book in One Day!” — South Milwaukee School District , 2017   “Reading the book together brought the added joy of building and expanding a sense of community among the students, teachers and staff.” — Champion Middle School, 2016

ALL OF THE ABOVE is the first book featured on the site, but I’ll be adding more one-day novels over the coming months.  Everything is here for you—the reading timetable for finishing ALL OF THE ABOVE in one day, simple activities and discussion questions, and some creative extension suggestions too.

Visit the Planning the Day page to get started. Then visit the Schedule for the Day page which is designed for 7 class periods of approximately 45 minutes each—or adapt the ideas to fit your individual school schedule and resources.

Questions? You can contact me HERE.


ALL OF THE ABOVE (Hachette Books) is an ALA Notable selection, a Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and a VOYA Top Shelf book, as well as appearing on reading award lists in eight states.

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New jacket!
Great choice for STEM and MakerSpace.

“Smart and fast-paced.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This tale sparkles.” — Publishers Weekly

“A good balance of comedy, drama, and middle school life.”— The Horn Book