Shelly Pearsall, an acclaimed author of various historical novels for children, is to meet Wednesday with students of each grade at Central Elementary School in Sylvania Township.
At her appearance, she is to have discussions and activities appropriate for each age group.
On Thursday, the author is to speak to students at Timberstone Junior High School, also part of Sylvania Schools.
A native Ohioan, Ms. Pearsall has enjoyed writing since childhood. More than a quarter million copies of her books have been sold nationwide, and her work has received regional and national recognition. Her first historical novel, Trouble Don't Last, was the recipient of the prestigious Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2003 and her first contemporary novel, All of the Above, was a 2007 ALA Notable book.
Before writing Trouble Don't Last, she was a public school teacher and a museum historian. In her spare time, she wrote historical scripts and short stories for Cleveland-area museums. She was the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship in Writing in 1999 and was named the 2005 Children's Writer-in-Residence for the James Thurber House.
She lives in Silver Lake, Ohio.