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The Revealers

The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm

THE REVEALERS ©2003 by Doug Wilhelm. Jacket art ©2003 by Michael S. Wertz. Cover art used with the permission of Farrar Straus Giroux.

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Seventh-grader Russell describes Parkland Middle School (known by its student body as "Darkland") as "an obstacle course of kids alert for someone they can pound on or ridicule." Tired of the bullying that they experience on a daily basis, Russell and two classmates-Elliot and Catalina-start an unofficial e-mail forum at school in which they publicize their experiences. When other students write in with similar stories, it becomes clear that the problem at their school is bigger than anyone knew. The Revealer (as the forum is known) sparks awareness and begins to make a positive change in the school atmosphere, but just when the tide seems to be turning for the better, an act of revenge by a few students still bent on bullying others threatens the underground rebellion that has the whole school talking. This suspenseful story of computer-era underground rebellion offers fresh perspectives on some of the most enduring themes in fiction for young readers.
2003, 207 pages, Grades 5-8, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

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A Conversation with the Author
Click here to read "The Story Behind The Revealers" and a Q&A with author, Doug Wilhelm.

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Prompts for Writing and Discussion
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Extension Activities
Click on the activities below for ideas on ways to increase awareness about bullying using The Revealers.

  • In This Issue
  • Using Children's Literature to Increase Empathy and Help Students Cope with Bullying
  • Annotated Bibliography of Children's Fiction on Bullying
  • Statistics and Studies on Bullying
Discussion Guides
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (grades Pre K-1)
  • Say Something by Peggy Moss (grades 2-4)
  • Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog by Graham McNamee (grades 3-5)
The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm (grades 6-8)
  • The Skin I'm In by Sharon Flake (grades 8 & up)
Extension Activities
  • Social Grouping Game
  • One Person, Many Roles
  • Being an Ally
  • Administer a Bullying Survey
  • Create an Online Forum
  • Sponsor a "Community Read"
  • Shades of Bias
  • Impressions
  • Seeing the World through Different Eyes
  • Using "Anchors" to Remain Grounded
Anti-Bias Study Guide
(Secondary Level)
Echoes and Reflections (Holocaust Curriculum)
A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute Recommended Multicultural and Anti-Bias Books for Children
A CLASSROOM OF DIFFERENCE™ Programs and Resources
The Miller Early Childhood Initiative of A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute
Braun Holocaust Institute
Confronting Anti-Semitism
ADL Online Catalog: Resources for Classroom and Community

 Words that Heal ©2005 Anti-Defamation League