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All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall

All Shook Up

by Shelley Pearsall

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Middle schooler Josh has to stay several weeks with his dad in chicago, while his mom takes care of his ill grandmother. He's not too keen on that, since he's lived with his mom since their divorce. But then Josh learns that his dad has quit his job to become an ELVIS IMPERSONATOR! If any of the kids at his new school find out, he'll die of embarrassment. So who keeps leaving him notes on his locker signed "Elvisly Yours"?? Great story, funny characters, and I liked how the author incorporated lyrics from Elvis Presley songs into the chapter breaks. ( )
  GoldieBug | Sep 19, 2015 |
Josh is mortified when he has to relocate and live with his father who has a new profession--Elvis impersonator.
  KilmerMSLibrary | Apr 30, 2013 |
Josh has to move in with his dad in Chicago, even though he doesn't to leave his friends and school in Bostin, just to see his dad, but his motherhas to go to Florida to his grandma recovier from her broken her broken hip(Grandma fell down the steps.) And so when Josh gets off the plane, his dad is late and when he does show up, he's dressed up funny(tight pants, Elvis Jacket, Side Burns, and Black hair) and so says something to some girls, Josh figures it out, his dad is pretinding to be Elvis, so later on he really tells him that it's not cool, So Josh's dad get mad and Gladris is still craay. Iviy and Viv are trying to help, so they put togrether a gig for his dad, and then they all went and Josh liked it. ( )
  Johopedean15 | Jun 19, 2012 |
I found out about this book through our son, Matthew. This book is proposed for the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Award for 2011. Matthew's school gave a presentation to fourth graders highlighting some of the proposed titles of the Caudill Award for this year. ALL SHOOK UP is one of the books that interested him.

Josh Greenwood is a 13 year old boy who lives in Boston with his mom. When Josh's mom's mother falls and injures herself badly he learns that he must visit his dad for an extended time. His grandma lives in Florida and his mom is going to have to visit there to assist her with her recuperation. Josh's dad lives in Chicago which means that Josh will have to sign up to attend school there, away from all of his friends.

Upon arriving in Chicago it isn't long before Josh finds out that the shoe store his dad worked for has gone out of business and his dad is now making money doing gigs...singing as Elvis. Now, while this might sound pretty cool to some adults, Josh is extremely embarrassed at even the thought of it.

While living in Chicago Josh meets his dad's new girlfriend Viv, and her daughter, Ivory, as well as an elderly neighbor who is making his dad's Elvis-scarves for his stage shows.

The story is told through the eyes of a 13 year old. It's not deep, but it does remind one of how simple the viewpoint of a young teen can be. That said, there is a bit of character growth by the end of the book. I actually thought the book might be a bit more exciting than it was. The story does see Josh make a pretty bad decision that affected his dad worse than his dad's actions were affecting him. There is some resolution to that situation though and it certainly provides a point for discussion with younger readers. One interesting point occurs when Halloween sneaks up on them and they are not prepared; this finds Josh scrambling for a costume and he spends a bit of time wearing some of his dad's Elvis clothing. After doing so he finds that he actually had a bit of fun with it and begins to see things from his dad's side a bit more.

My son doesn't know that I have read the book. I bought the ebook for my NOOK. I also bought a hardcover version for him for Christmas. I think he will really enjoy the book and he'll be surprised to hear that Mom has already read it. If he saves enough to buy a NOOK (he received a gift card for B&N for is birthday) he will be pleased to find that he can read the ebook too!

I am rating this book a 3.5 on a 5.0 scale. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Dec 1, 2010 |
Cute but predictable story of a boy's reunion with his Dad, an Elvis impersonator who is a source of great humiliation. ( )
  GaylDasherSmith | Sep 8, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375836985, Hardcover)

WHEN 13-YEAR-OLD JOSH finds out he has to stay with his dad in Chicago for a few months, he’s not too thrilled. But when he arrives at the airport, he’s simply devastated. His father—who used to be a scatterbrained, but pretty normal, shoe salesman—has become a sideburn-wearing, hip-twisting, utterly embarrassing Elvis impersonator. Josh is determined to keep his dad’s identity a secret, but on his very first day at his new school, a note appears on his locker. It’s signed Elvisly Yours, and instead of a name, a sneering purple smiley face. The secret is out, and when his dad is invited to perform at a special 50s concert at his school, Josh is forced to take drastic action. From award-winning author Shelley Pearsall comes a hilarious novel about a father and son discovering something about being who you are—and who you’re not.

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When thirteen-year-old Josh goes to stay with his father in Chicago for a few months, he discovers--to his horror--that his dad has become an Elvis impersonator.

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