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Benjamin Logan Middle School students have been celebrating Right to Read Week and received a visit from an author Wednesday.

This year's theme is Get All Shook Up about Reading. Each year the school tries to get an author to visit the school that goes along with the theme.

Benjamin Logan 6th-grade English/Language Arts Teacher Sherri Morehouse explains how the event came around.

Shelley Pearsall has written a book about a boy whose father becomes an Elvis impersonator and visited the school to discuss the many aspects of writing.

Pearsall is an author from the Akron area with Random House Books and Little Brown Books. She writes novels for intermediate and teen readers. Shelley has been visiting schools to do writing workshops and assemblies for about ten years.

Pearsall has written five books. Trouble Don't Last is a story about the Underground Railroad which follows the journey of two runaways. Crooked River is a story about an 1812 murder trial that is told in the voices of a 13-year old girl and a Chippewa man on trial for his life. All of the Above is inspired by true events and follows four urban middle school students and their quest to set a world math record. All Shook Up is a book about a 13-year old boy and his Elvis-impersonating father who discover some surprising things about each other. Jump into the Sky is inspired by actual events about a father and his teenage son at the end of World War II and a secret army mission. The novel is the first book for youth to feature the surprising and little-known mission of a black paratrooper unit in World War II.

Pearsall's advice to students is to be persistent and work hard. Authors have to read and write a lot. She also says it helps to know a little bit about website design and Internet promotion because authors are expected to do a lot of their own advertising.

Shelley talks about her presentation and books.

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Watch part of Pearsall's presentation.

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