Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “All of the Above” as Want to Read:
All of the Above
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

All of the Above

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  829 ratings  ·  181 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,295)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
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
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
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Michaela Montague
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Pryce O'connor
I read the book All of the Above by Shelly Pearsall. They main character's names are Sharice who is a bit of a talker but hides something within, Rhondell who is kind of quiet but has a big heart,Aunt Asia who is a beauty and is willing to adopt one of the characters, Marcel who is humors with many different smiles, James Harris the second, who starts mean and grows into something else, and Mr. Collins who is a bit of a goober and doesn't know the first thing about being a club leader. This boo ...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
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
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
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
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
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
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
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Regina Araiza
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
Erin Feeney
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 20, 2008 Megan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Katie Mathaios
I read the book All of The above by Shelly Pearsall. The Main characters are James Harris the third, Sharice, Rhondell, Marcel, Mr. Collins, Aunt Asia and Willy Q. James Harris the third doesn't have to good of home life. He lives with his uncle and his brother, He used to be really close to his brother and now they are starting to slide apart. Sharice doesn't have a great home life either, Her mother and grandma died when she was young. She as lived with five foster homes and this one isn't an ...more
Jane Kalinowski
May 06, 2015 Jane Kalinowski added it
Recommends it for: grades 4 - 6
The book "All of the Above" is about a group of students who attempt to break the world record of largest tetrahedron. The book starts in the perspective of James Harris III (the book changes character perspective each chapter) in a quite monotonous math class, when (in an attempt to catch his students attention) the teacher, Mr. Collins, creates the idea of having an after school project where the students attempt to break the tetrahedron record. When the time for the "math club" comes around ...more
Katie Flannery
"All of the Above" by Shelley Pearsall is about a group of children from the dilapidated city of Cleveland trying to set a world record. The main characters, Sharice, Rhondell, James Harris III, Marcel, and Mr. Collins, start a math club in the run-down school of Washington Middle School on the dead end of Washington Boulevard. They each tell their stories and points of view in their own individual chapters. These 5 strangers work together to combine tiny triangles and make the world's largest ...more
Alexandra Dorinsky
The book All of The Above is by Shelley Pearsall. It is about a math club who builds the largest tetrahedron. The main characters are James Harris III, Rhondell, Sharice, Marcel, Willy Q, Mr.Collins, and Aunt Asia. This book is designed so each character tells the story in their point of view. James, Marcel, Sharice, Rhondell and Mr.Collins try to build the world's largest tetrahedron. They will face many challenges,and learn to overcome their fears. In the book you will meet all the characters ...more
All of the Above is a novel written by Shelley Pearsall. It is about a group of kids (Marcel, James, Sharice and Rhondell) at a run-down school who's teacher(Mr. Collins) decides to make a club to attempt to break the world record for largest tetrahedron. The kids work very hard everyday from 3:00 to 4:00 (except for Marcel because he has to be at his Dad Willy Q's barbeque at 3:30 everyday).

But something tragic happens, _______ (read the book and find out) had to move away so he/she could no
James Spear
This book is about seven characters and their journey through building the world's largest tetrahedron. The group is gathered together from a unorganized teacher Mr. Collins. The children that are gather are Sharice, James Harris, Marcel, and Rhondell. It starts out with them building their tetrahedron as they build they go through a series of problems and dilemmas. Through out the story they face and defeat their problems. Although there is one problem that beats the rest will they face it or q ...more
Meagan Schneller
All of the Above by Shelly Pearsell was a fun book to read. All of the Above was very entertaining, and informative. This book was about a group of seventh graders that go to Washington Middle School in Cleveland OH. These seventh graders, Marcel, James Harris, Rhondell, and Sharice were originally just in the math club because they had nothing better to do. All these children end up caring a lot about the tetrahedron project they were working on and won the award for the largest Tetrahedron eve ...more
Corey Stofko
This novel was about a school in Cleveland, Ohio that completed the largest tetrahedron. The school is called Washington Middle School. The students James Harris III, Sharice, Marcel, and Rhondell created this with there teacher Mr. Collins. James Harris lives with his uncle and his brother, he is the rebel of the story. Sharice lives with a foster parent, her mom and grandma tragically died. Marcel is a funny kid who works with his dad at Willy Q's Barbecue. His dad is Willy Q, the owner. Willy ...more
Tom Spear
All of the above is about a group of kids in the inner city who want get world record.The story is told from five different points of view: Sharice's, Mr. Collin's, Rhondell's, James Harris the third,s,Willy Q's, and Marcel's. They try to set the world record for the tallest tetrahedron. They face many challenges not only building the tetrahedron,but also at home in their lives.

My favorite part of the book is when Rhondell and her aunt find Sharice. This is my favorite part because its so acti
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 43 44 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
The conflict 1 1 Oct 02, 2015 07:02AM  
  • Saving Kabul Corner
  • My Basmati Bat Mitzvah
  • Chess Rumble
  • Dream On, Amber
  • Soccer Chick Rules
  • Mr. Chickee's Funny Money
  • Project X-Calibur
  • The Waters of Iwingee (Book 1)
  • The House of Windjammer (Windjammer, #1)
  • How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel
  • An Army of Frogs (Kulipari #1)
  • No Cream Puffs
  • Project Mulberry
  • The Totally Made-up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish
  • Secrets, Lies, and Algebra (Do The Math, #1)
  • Dinosaur Boy
  • Victory
  • Free Baseball
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
More about Shelley Pearsall...

Share This Book