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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, lif ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 6th 2006)
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Chloe Becker
Shelley Pearsall's book "All of the Above" is an encouraging story of four inner-city Cleveland, Ohio kids, Sharice, James III, Rhondell, and Marcel, and their math teacher Mr. Collins. It starts off with Mr. Collins being sick and tired of not being paid attention to in class. He comes up with an idea to start a project of building the biggest tetrahedron ever built, so he gets together a club after school with some students to get started. James III hates the idea, but Mr. Collins promises Jam ...more
Kate
Sep 07, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was something you can pick up and set down 3 days later! The characters were so realistic and interesting that it just pulls you in. A truly unusually great story is hard to pass by, so pick up this book and get comfortable!
Matthew Winner
Dec 23, 2008 Matthew Winner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YES (but not for grades 4-6) for black-eyed susan.
NO for our school library.

While this book was fantastic, I don't think it's a good fit for students in grades 4-6. Some of the issues it deals with would be lost in their lack of understanding while others are just not appropriate for their age level (though I realize this opinion can be challenged).

All of the Above retells an historic record set by the students of Alexander Hamilton School, an urban middle school in Cleveland Ohio. A math teache
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Adriana Gadd
All of the Above is a book that consists of four kids, James, Sharice, Rhondell, and Marcel that attempt to build the worlds largest tetrahedron. A tetrahedron a pyramid that has four faces all made of triangles. The story also goes into their personal lives. Sharice has a foster parent that doesn't take care of her. James lives with his uncle and brother who feels more like a long lost brother that he never knew existed. Rhondell has a pretty normal life but she dreams of going to college thoug ...more
Grace
Sep 08, 2010 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kelly Korpowski
"All of the Above" by Shelley Pearsall is based on a true story of a middle school breaking a world record-the largest tetrahedron. The book focuses on 4 different teens bonding together to build this large structure. Each chapter has a different narrator explaining their perspective. Similar to the tetrahedron having four sides, each of the four children has a side that seperates them from the judgements placed on the old middle school and the "dead-end" students who go there.
Each of the studen
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Gwen
May 06, 2015 Gwen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tristan
May 06, 2015 Tristan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of the Above is a story about four kids who live in a poor neighborhood and go to Washington Middle School. The four kids names are Rhondell, Sharice, Marcel, and James Harrris III. James hates school, especially math class. When the school's math teacher, named Mr. Collins has a project idea of building the world's largest tetrahedron, after he feels that his students aren't appreciating his class, he gets two girls named Rhondell and Sharice to join the club. Rhondell is a quiet and smart ...more
Bethany Eckman
All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall is a story about four 7th grade students (James Harris III, Sharice, Rhondell, and Marcel) who attend Washington Middle School in Cleveland, Ohio. Their math teacher, Mr. Collins, forms a club for them because of the class's constant misbehaving. He's hoping that from this club/project that his students will gain more love for math and hopefully behave more appropriately. The project he came up with was to build the largest paper tetrahedron - which is a geom ...more
Maddie Harden
"All of the Above" by Shelley Pearsall is an interesting book. This book is about a team of inner-city school kids named James Harris III,Marcel,Sharice,and Rhondell trying to break a world record in math. In takes place in Cleveland,Ohio. In this story the math teacher at Washington middle school makes a math club to build the largest tetrahedron in the world. This giant triangle brings this small group together and make their dream come true. And had a Happy ending for everyone.

It is very ha
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Grace
May 06, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of the Above by Shelly Pearsall is about four seventh grade students in Cleveland, Ohio who set a math world record by building the world's largest tetrahedron. The perspective of the book, for the most part, takes place through Rhondell, Sharice, James Harris III, and Marcell's perspective. The book is mainly about the struggles the characters face to build the tetrahedron, then to start over completely from scratch. The book also focuses on some of the problems the students face outside o ...more
Cormac
May 06, 2015 Cormac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about some inter city kids in Cleveland Ohio who are trying to build the worlds largest tetrehedron. They form an after school math club to start building it. The group of James, Marcel Rhondell, Sharice and their teacher Mr. Collins. James at the beginning is very reluctant to help, but eventually he comes around. But when something happens they have to decide if they even want to continue building it, and a very unlikely person keeps them going. They work all the way through the s ...more
Michaela Montague
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Erin Feeney
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Vince
May 06, 2015 Vince rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All of The Above is a story about 5 main characters and how they all come together through struggle and ignorance. The story takes place in Cleveland, Ohio. The 5 main characters are James Harris III, Rohndell, sharice, Marcel and their teacher Mr. Collins. They are in a math club trying to build a tetraheedron and break a world record.
My favorite part was more then one it was all the chapters about Marcel or Willy Q (Marcels dad). I loved how there was a recipie in all their chapters. They had
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Molly
May 06, 2015 Molly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ethan
May 06, 2015 Ethan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would rate this book a three out of five stars. This book was very predictable. You could easily tell what was going to happen next. "All of the Above" by Shelley Pearsall was about four inner city kids that all had a different backstory, and joined a math club taught by teacher Mr. Collins. This math club was created to build the largest tetrahedron ever made and get into the world record books.
The four main characters were named Rhondell, Sharice, James Harris III, and Marcel. Rhondell wa
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Megan
Oct 20, 2008 Megan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who are looking for a quick read
"...You'll finally come to a dead end. That's where our school sits. We know there's a lot of people out there who think our school is a dead end. And that all the kids inside it are dead ends, too... But they've got it all wrong... Just you wait and see..."

All of the Above was an inspirational story about 4 inner-city students and their teacher who dream of making the world's largest tetrahedron. Although there were parts of this book that were boring and almost annoying, altogether this book w
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Amy
Jan 10, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me of Because of Mr. Terupt for a slightly older audience. We have the four kids who are overturning society's expectations, the teacher (who, for once does NOT come across as a Jesus-y inspiring perfect figure), and the ambitious math project, which, honestly, seemed of questionable educational value.

This book felt a little too afterschool special to me and all the characters sounded the same. But I liked it, and I think students will too, particularly students who are still grappling w
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Regina Araiza
Aug 28, 2014 Regina Araiza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a teacher and a group of the students trying to break a wold record of making the biggest pyramid of tetrahedron out of paper. I think this a really good book because I like book that show each of the character's point of view and their inner thoughts. What I have enjoyed about the book, are the characters and their personal struggles. People interested in comedy and witty stories should read this book. Its main purpose is seeing each of their characters overcome their conflic ...more
Lotte
Jan 27, 2009 Lotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book drew us in so quickly and firmly that it has been difficult to fit in church, school, and other activities the past couple of days. We read this passage several times: "Although the large tetrahedron appears strong and stable, it should be noted that its pieces are joined together only at the smallest of points. The edges and faces remain largely separate and unconnected." Davy even wanted the recipes read aloud and we plan to try Singing the Blues Barbecue Sauce next time we make croc ...more
Tierra
Oct 05, 2012 Tierra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the book. They were all building a Tetrahedron to beat the world record , until...... sharcie left the door open. James brother friends camed and detroyed it. Sharcie blamed it on herself, but she did not mean to leave the door open , she had to find somewhere to go at nightime, her foster parents #5 never home at night. Towards the end they rebuiled it and beat the worl record.
Arya
Dec 15, 2015 Arya rated it it was amazing
Reminded me of Because of Mr. Terupt. This book, like Because of Mr. Terupt, is about a group of students and their teacher, and both are narrated by many different people. Each person has a very different voice, and, in my opinion, it takes a huge amount of skill to be able to do that.
Elena
Jan 06, 2014 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-a
I was surprised by how much I liked this. I'm used to YA novels about struggling characters containing sappy and contrived dialogue, but this story flowed naturally. The author was obviously trying to show the characters in an inspirational light, but their changes seemed plausible.
Jean
Jun 30, 2008 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about math...and so much more. I hate math. I loved this book. Go figure!
Tami
Mar 20, 2012 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have recently become a HUGE fan of this author. She writes everything from amazing historical fiction to contemporary fiction, to stories based on current, real-life events. I first became aware of her when her book ALL OF THE ABOVE showed up on the Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominee list for 2010-11 in Division II (5th -7th grade).

If you are a middle school or young adult reader, or you know one, these books are excellent. ALL OF THE ABOVE is based on the true story of a middle school class in
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Erin Fowler
Dec 29, 2016 Erin Fowler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a group of students get together to build a tetrahedron they don't think much of it. But when their project is under attack they must find the strength and courage to continue. Each student has difficulties in their life that they must overcome.
Each character shares a piece of their story. When you read you will become very involved in their lives and want to know what comes next. This is a great read and teaches the power of perseverance and team work!
Madeline
Nov 19, 2016 Madeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspirational! Great read for middle schoolers.
Richie Partington
22 August 2006 ALL OF THE ABOVE by Shelley Pearsall, Little Brown, September 2006, ISBN: 0-316-11524-X

Sharice:
"As we get closer to finishing, I start having dreams about what's gonna happen when we do. In most of my dreams, there is this big flash of light when we finish the tetrahedron and our school isn't a crumbling, peeling-paint building anymore. It's rainbow colored. (I know this sounds kinda weird.) And our giant pyramid sits on top of the school roof shooting out colors all over the neig
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Erin Logan
Oct 10, 2016 Erin Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An eclectic group of urban middle schoolers attempt to build the world's largest tetrahedron, a challenge presented by their math teacher. This was a fast, catchy read, and I cannot wait to use It for Read It Forward this spring.
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I grew up in a blue-collar suburb of Cleveland called Parma where I used to write stories in a bedroom closet (aka my writer’s office). I tried to get my first novel – a 40 page handwritten story called “I am the Only One Left” - published when I was thirteen. As you can probably guess, it was rejected!

It took about twenty years before I finally had my first published book, Trouble Don’t Last (Kno
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