All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall
* Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2011 *
You guessed it; this book has a lot to do with Elvis - Elvis Presley. Joshua Aaron Greenwood is suppose to start seventh grade, but his life is disrupted when his grandmother breaks her hip. His mother has to go to Florida for several months to assist with the recuperation. Josh is sent to his "distant" father in Chicago. His father has had only one job in his lifetime - working at an independent shoe store. The store goes out of business. Josh finds his father trying to make a living as an Elvis impersonator.
Josh doesn't relate to his father's attempt to pretend to be someone else. How embarrassing is it for a seventh grader to have a father that imitates Elvis? Josh doesn't want anyone to know about his father's work. Things come to a crisis when his father is scheduled to sing at his school. Josh comes up with a creative scheme which does not turn out well. At least Josh tells the truth to his father.
You don't have to be an Elvis fan to like this book. Do you ever have the feeling that your parents embarrass you or let you down? This book describes perfectly the feelings students have when they walk into a school cafeteria. This book shows that not everyone is weird, perhaps just different. Clever chapter headings coordinate with the songs of Elvis. Thankyaverymuch!!!