Students at James Hart School in Homewood explore new copies of “The Revealers” donated by the Friends of the Homewood Library. | Supplied photo
Updated: January 16, 2014 6:09AM
Friends of the Homewood Library also are friends of students at James Hart School in Homewood.
The group donated enough copies of the “The Revealers,” a novel for young adults about middle school bullying by author Doug Wilhelm, for the entire seventh-grade class.
According to teacher Jeanette Nichols, seventh-graders at James Hart have been reading “The Revealers” for the past few years as part of Homewood School District 153’s SEEDkids (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) program.
“The book has been a great way to start conversations with students about bullying, why it’s wrong, and (what) they might do about it,” Nichols said. “But we’ve been using our current paperbacks so long that they are in pretty sad shape.”
The new book shipment arrived prior to a visit by Wilhelm, who was scheduled to visit James Hart Dec. 10.
“Each year, we’ve been able to teleconference with Doug so that our students can ask questions about the book and what it’s like to be an author. We are very excited to be able to have him in person this year,” Nichols said before the visit was to take place.
During his visit, Wilhelm planned to meet with students in small groups to discuss “The Revealers” and its sequel, “True Shoes.” He also expected to conduct a writer’s workshop.
A grant from Foundation 153, District 153’s education foundation, made it possible for the school to schedule Wilhelm’s visit.