All of the Above is an exciting story about four kids who live in a poor neighborhood and attend Washington Middle School. Meet Rhondell, Sharice, Marcel, and James Harrris III – a unique group with different personalities and aspirations.
James, however, despises school, especially math class. When their math teacher, Mr. Collins, feels unappreciated by his students, he comes up with a brilliant idea to engage them – building the world’s largest tetrahedron. Rhondell and Sharice, two bright and ambitious girls, join the project. Meanwhile, Marcel, the funny guy who works at his dad’s barbecue joint, also jumps on board. Unfortunately, James, who has detention, is forced to stay behind on the first day.
As the months pass, the club diligently builds tiny tetrahedrons for their grand project. Everything seems to be going well until a devastating incident occurs. Sharice accidentally leaves the math room door open, allowing an intruder to vandalize their hard work. The club is heartbroken, and their unity crumbles. But James refuses to give up. He becomes determined to reunite the club and rebuild their beloved tetrahedron. Will they succeed?
Shelley Pearsall masterfully brings each character to life in this captivating book. Switching between their unique perspectives, she creates an engaging and rich narrative. I wholeheartedly rate All of the Above a 5 out of 5 because it kept me hooked from start to finish. I highly recommend All of the Above to anyone in 6th grade or older. Trust me, you’ll love it too!