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The Revealers

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  947 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
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 o
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 6th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2003)
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Jul 15, 2008 Anna-Simone rated it it was amazing
The Revealers is a about three stdents, Russell, Elliot, and Catalina, at Parkland Middle School who want to reveal all the bullying tha is happening to them and in thier school. The three students end up making a blog ware evrybody in the school can put up their stories and experiences around bullying. At the end they made a science fair project around their blog and the judges really enjoyed it. I would reccomend this book to people or students because it really brings out the backstage of thi ...more
May 07, 2008 Amber rated it really liked it
Do you remember being in the seventh grade? I remember it as being the most difficult year, socially, with its only rival being the eighth grade. Some of the kids were horrible to each other, and of course this is at the most impressionable age where you remember everything that was said for the rest of your life. Me, I was happy to have my one true friend, and remain invisible the rest of the time.

The Revealers is a powerful story about three seventh-graders who were tired of being picked on an
Nov 17, 2008 Deepa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any middle schooler.
Recommended to Deepa by: no one.
I found this book very inspiring. I think it has a cool perspective and "voice" on bullying. My favorite part was seeing how the characters change over the course of the book. I also enjoyed the ending and seeing how the three main characters take the bullying at their school and morph it into something that is both informative and raises awareness. A great read and I would recommend it to any middle schooler.
Jul 14, 2008 Lindsay rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like boring books
I think it's BORING!
Aug 07, 2015 Jordan rated it liked it
There's a lot to love about this book. A Truncated Teacher Checklist:
1. Addresses bullying.
2. Emphasizes the power of collective action.
3. Emphasizes nonviolence.
4. Questions adult logic and power.
5. Encourages critical thinking and creativity, especially with technology.

All of these are great talking points, and make me excited to start the year with this text. I really, really love the structure of Wilhelm's power dynamics; they feel like a real school, in a real place, with real students
Lori Anderson
Jun 08, 2015 Lori Anderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-zack
This is required summer reading for Zack, so I read it, too. An interesting take on bullying. I could see, though, how The Bully Lab could quickly become a slippery slope. Telling your story publicly can make a profound difference in how people act and react to each other. However, it can also be a way for people to bully each other further under the guise of being a victim. There are lots of shades of grey.

I write a blog, and occasionally get (usually anonymous) comments calling me out for som
Sep 20, 2012 Rae rated it it was ok
This book had a tough start and I think it might lose a lot of middle schoolers just because it's so hard to get into initially. The author's writing comes across almost as stream of consciousness at some points. There were several run on sentences I had to read, re-read, and then look at one last time before I figured out what he was saying. I don't think the average middle schooler is going to be willing to put that kind of effort into a book two pages in.

Once you get into the book it really i
Sep 17, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Although I'm not a huge fan of the illustration on the cover, I'm a big fan of the book. Three middle school students have been bullied for quite a while. Elliot is smaller and very smart, picked on by many of his schoolmates. Russell has a run-in with the rough, tough school bully, who now frequently beats Russell up. Catalina is the new girl in school, having moved from the Philippines, and the most popular girl in school has made her a target. When these three students come together, they dec ...more
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 g
Sep 13, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
This was an easy read and a middle school boy being bullied and how he struggles each day with trying to avoid the bully. This would be a great book for a teacher to read to a class in the beginning of year. After reading the book I met the author and he shared with the audience that the book was about his struggles in middle school and how he was bullied forty years ago.
Sep 28, 2010 Annarenee rated it really liked it
The book is about a boy named Russle, another boy named Elliot who only thinks about dinosaurs, and a girl named Catalina. they are all having problems with bullying by different people. They group up and be like "scientist" and try to figure out how to make it stop.
Aug 15, 2008 Chanarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who is entering middle school
Recommended to Chanarah by: summer read for school
This book is really good. At first it seemed kind of boring, but the suspense kept growing and growing. i would suggest that everyone who is entering middle school should read this book. It brought me back to some of my expirences of bullying when i was in 6th grade
Mar 24, 2017 Ryo rated it liked it
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Feb 07, 2017 Gaspar rated it it was amazing
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Alihan Alihan
Awesome book, full of life lessons and sad moments.
Jan 25, 2010 Megan rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
This book is only useful as a tool in the classroom when teaching middle school students about social inclusion and bullying topics; thsi is not because it is well written or particularly realistic, but because it highlights many major topics for discussion.

The characters are one-dimensional and while their situations might work well in a low-budget educational film, most middle school students who read this book do not see it as realistic. My students felt the violent situations portrayed were
Camille Stanford
May 08, 2015 Camille Stanford rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-setting
When three kids move up to Parkland Middle School, called "Darkland" by its students, they find the rampant bullying there unavoidable. Russell was unnoticed until he made the toughest kid in school mad at him; Elliot is a lover of dinosaurs and an expert on being bullied; Catalina is a transfer student from the Philippines. To fight against their tormentors they begin a "Bully Lab," observing what makes these school predators tick, and from the school internet connection these stories - of prey ...more
Jeni Enjaian
A review from my old blog...

I sit down to write this review not knowing whether I think positively about this book or hesitantly (notice that I did not say negatively).

Having spent two months with beautiful little seventh graders I think that Wilhelm did an admirable job at portraying life in middle school from a kid's point of view. I do think that all of the adult characters seemed out of touch or downright authoritarian but perhaps that was because Wilhelm did such a good job at writing from
The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm is a great book for middle school kids that like realistic-fiction. I wouldn't recommend this book to elementary schoolers though because it has a few bad words in it, but it doesn't have a lot. Doug Wilhelms is full of details that really help to describe what's going on in the book. One time he described the feeling when one of the characters named Richie poured a whole bottle of root beer onto another character named Russel's head. He described it so well by tell ...more
Jenny Lee
May 13, 2010 Jenny Lee rated it liked it
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Sep 29, 2016 Tommy rated it liked it
Out of all the books I read this year this one was one of my favourites. This book was about a kid named Russel who is in middle school so I can relate. He is a kid with not much friends and not much enemies, you could call him a nobody. Until he ran into a bully named Richie who dedicated his life to pick on Russel from that day. Russel kept getting teased and beat up so he needed some help from an expert. He went to get some help from a kid who got bullied even more than him and a girl who got ...more
Dario Salcedo
He's the Main character, And when he was in first grade of Jr. High, he suffer bullying thanks to a eight-grader called Richie Tucker,Russell's mom gave him $1.10 for a treat, he doesn't have a dad, because he die when Russell was too young, he likes the A&W root beer, Russell go to the store and he find Richie and before the thing always happens, he moved Russell to block my way, AND HE SMILED.
Russell wanted to shout -no please! i didn't mean to, bu
Mar 02, 2014 Elaina rated it really liked it
The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm is a realistic fiction book suitable for middle school students, but will appeal to all ages. I would recommend this book because anyone who went to middle school can relate to it. Most characters in this book are seventh graders, and the way that Doug Wilhelm writes makes it seem like he’s still in seventh grade too. Another reason why I would recommend this book is because it shows that most people aren’t aware of all the bullying that happens at their schools, an ...more
Jan 19, 2011 Corrie rated it it was ok
I read this book to see if it would work to help facilitate discussion on cyberbullying, but it wasn't really what I was looking for. A group of kids use what is essentially a "Moodle" or "Blackboard" space to send all school emails revealing bullying incidents anonymously. The students are trying to get back at the bullies using the computer as a medium for disclosing their activities. While it could facilitate the discussion of the power the internet has given us to self-publish for all the wo ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Rohan rated it it was amazing
The touching book The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm is a beautifully written story, suitable for middle schoolers and young adults because it is set in a middle school environment and is about bullying. People should read this book because it is a great, short read. I would recommend this book because it has really funny scenes, as well as scenes that will touch the core of your heart. The book is action packed during every page, right up until the end, and has kids being dropped 10 feet, on their h ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it
I think this book tells a good story. I recommend this book for 10 years or older because of some actions in this book and some mild language. This book also has a very good moral, I think. Do to others what you want them to do to you. Three kids Russel, Elliot, and Catalina have been bullied over and over for things they have done or by their appearance. They started an article on the schools website, kidnet called The Revealer. They receive stories from all over the school about what has been ...more
Itzanami Mendez
Sep 25, 2013 Itzanami Mendez rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing it shows what kids go through and it shows their emotions. It also shows how how to work together to bring down the bully. It show team work, and how to speak up and not being afraid of the bully because that way the bullies found out your weakest end and they are able to use that against you to make you do what ever they ant you to do. this is my second time reading this book i really liked it it also shows that even if you are not the one getting billied you should speak u ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Bradley rated it it was amazing
The Revealers is the best book I’ve read in a while. It’s a stay-up-late/read-when-you-should-be-doing-something-else book that compels you to want to keep reading and find out what is going to happen and how things are going to turn out for the characters. That alone would mean it was a great book. It is also an important book because it is about a real problem that impacts everyone—bullying. Three friends who are targets of bullying use their schools computer network to bring their experiences ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Kira rated it it was amazing
The charming and very relatable book, The Revealers, by Doug Wilhem, is a fascinating realistic fiction story that is perfectly suitable for middle school students, but it may interest adults too. This book shows very well the lives of three seventh graders who are being bullied, and they finally make a change to make their school environment a better place. If you’re ready to go on an adventure and experience the lives of three low ranked middle schoolers, or if you just want to read an inspiri ...more
Jul 05, 2008 Christy rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Doug Wilhelm crafts a story about bullying in a middle school. Parkland Middle School is like any other school, there are cliques, and there are outcasts. Unfortunately, kids who don’t fit into certain groups are picked on mercilessly. Russell Trainor is now the target of a bully and he doesn’t know why. Russell decides to call one of his classmates, who has been cruelly bullied all through school, for advice. With Elliot’s help, Russell formulates a plan to stop the bullying (or at least figure ...more
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Doug Wilhelm is the author of 14 books for young readers, including The Revealers, a novel about bullying that has been the focus of reading-and-discussion projects in over 1,000 U.S. middle schools. His newest book is Treasure Town, Doug’s first for younger readers. Doug’s realistic novels for grades 6-8 include True Shoes, the Revealers sequel on cyberbullying, and his newest, The Prince of Deni ...more
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