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The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm

The Revealers

by Doug Wilhelm

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The story is about three seventh-graders Russell, Elliot, and Catalina attending Parkland, nicknamed Darkland by the student who attend there. Russell who seem to always be tongue tied. Elliot is obsessed with dinosaurs and Catalina is half-Filipina. The three are tired of being bullied. A rumor is going round the school about Catalina. They find out how to send school wide messages to the student body. The three post a letter to squelch rumors the popular girls are spreading. The post is known as "The Darkland Revealer." Many of the student can relate to being bullied or bulling. Other students start to send in their stories. It rises the awareness of bulling.
  Andews | Jul 15, 2017 |
This book would be good to use when talking about bullying. I think students will relate to this book because of how the students feel. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | May 4, 2015 |
Recommended Ages: Gr. 5-8

Plot Summary: Russell somehow lost all of his friends in the transition from elementary school to middle school. he survived seventh grade, but as an eighth grader, he has no one but his mom. On the way home from school he manages to say the wrong thing to the worst bully in the school. Now scared of his new enemy, who threatens to be watching him and in a moment has control of Russell's emotions and actions, Russell is even more lost. Desperate, he contacts the school's biggest victim, Elliot to find out how to get Richie to stop. Elliot doesn't have any answers, but their discussion leads to an idea. They will change their behaviors and see if that gets different results from the bullies. In the library after school, they see the message the mean girls dropped in Catalina's lap. She joins their group and takes Russell's advice to write down her story. Together, the three new friends send the email to the entire school through their KidNet and with the help of a teacher. The students react: kids are nicer to Catalina and some even reply with their own stories of bullying. The teachers got the email too, but aren't sure what to do about it. Russell, Elliot, and Catalina decide to share the new stories but this time send them to the students only. They keep posting the replies, until one post gets them in trouble and threatens to shut down KidNet. Will they escape the wrath of the bullies? Will KidNet survive? Will the school ever be bully-free?

Setting: Parkland Middle School, some suburb

Russell - 8th grader, dad died when he was young, says the wrong thing and weirds people out
Richie Tucker - worst bully, dad is mean to him
Elliot Gekewicz - perpetual victim of bullying, loves dinosaurs, decided to stand up to his three bullies and swing a sock of marbles but the Jock Rots respond by holding him upside down over a bridge then dropping him, Big Chris is the only one who seemed remorseful for his actions
Catalina Aarons - from Manila in the Philippines, tall and pretty
Brittany DeMere - leader of the mean girls
Jock Rots: Burke Brown, Jon Blanchette, Big Chris

Recurring Themes: bullying, internet, family, friendship, victim, standing up for yourself, experiment, speaking up

Controversial Issues:
pg 43 "What the hell do you mean?"
pg 44 "you don't figure out crap, all right?"
pg 44 "how would you feel if somebody wanted to make your life hell and you didn't know why?"
pg 58 "you're all ganging-up- suckhead coward asses"
pg 65 'making our life hell"
pg 96 "after all the crap you've done to him?"
pg 124 "You're an ass!"
pg 141 "What the hell is that?...What the hell is it for?"
pg 142 "what the hell kind of question is that?...Like you're the dad from hell or something...You can kiss my ass."
pg 178 "I'm gonna push you right in that damn Dumpster....You're just a damn bully"

Personal Thoughts: This is definitely the most cliche book I've read about bullying. Every character fit into a nice neat package. Catalina made the leader of the mean girls jealous. Richie is beaten by his dad and takes it out on others. The writing, especially the dialogue, is not authentic.

Genre: realistic fiction, drama

Pacing: medium-slow
Characters: not too many, mostly well developed but very cliche
Frame: the KidNet concept is a little confusing from a teacher's perspective but it didn't make too much of a difference as long as you believe everything in the story is possible (which it is, I just don't know of a school that uses it)

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  pigeonlover | Oct 15, 2013 |
Three kids who get picked on a lot team up and fight back against bullies, and discover that the pen is truly mightier than the sword. It verges on preachy, and the initial reaction to the first letter (which was a lengthy "I'm a person too!"; reaction was everyone being nicer to her and nobody making fun of it) was pretty unrealistic.

This is a Book About Bullying, and not a story in its own right. It's sure to appear on countless summer reading lists, but the truth is that it's just not that good a book--it's all caught up in its Message, at the expense of character development and decent writing. Fine to use in schools with class discussion, but not something middle-schoolers would actively seek out to read. ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 29, 2013 |
Russell finds himself on the receiving end of bullying and begins to notice how often it happens to others in school. Finding friends in Elliott and Cataline, the trio conduct a science experiment on the bullying at school. Although things go awry, these three ultimately prevail in helping people see their true colors. The teachers at school don’t quite get it, parents are in the periphery and the bullies are worse than ever and yet Russell and company find a way to beat them in the end. Those who understand what it is like to feel alone surrounded by people and those who have witnessed/experienced bullying first-hand will all find something resonant in this story. Use it in your classrooms as an authentic text component or as a base for opening up the bully discussion in your school. ( )
  shookrl | Oct 17, 2012 |
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Throwing light on a dark problem

Parkland Middle School is a place the students call Darkland, because no one in it does much to stop the daily harassment of kids by other kids. Three bullied seventh graders use their smarts to get the better of their tormentors by starting an unofficial e-mail forum at school in which they publicize their experiences. Unexpectedly, lots of other kids come forward to confess their similar troubles, and it becomes clear that the problem at their school is bigger than anyone knew. The school principal wants to clamp down on the operation, which she does when the trio, in their zealousness for revenge, libel a fellow student in what turns out to have been a setup. Now a new plan of attack is needed . . .

This suspenseful story of computer-era underground rebellion offers fresh perspectives on some of the most enduring themes in fiction for young readers.
The Revealers is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Tired of being bullied and picked on, three seventh-grade outcasts join forces and, using scientific methods and the power of the Internet, begin to create a new atmosphere at Parkland Middle School.

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