The Revealers sequel opens up kids' struggles to become themselves in a hyper-linked world.

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from True Shoes:

"And that's why they hate you guys, okay? People might think they would ignore you, the Odd Pod — but you're a threat to them," Kennedy said. "Since all this started, I've been sort of watching you. And you guys may not be classically, um, popular, but you're clever and creative and you don't give off waves of fear and insecurity. I think you scare them a little. It's not obvious how they can destroy you — but they will try. They're looking for your weakness, and if they can find it they'll use it to shatter you."

"O ... kay," I said. "So what can we do?"

She looked at me carefully. "I'm going to mention something that may be, possibly, a little sensitive. Is that okay?"

The Revealers may be the most-used novel in U.S. middle schools today. Take a look inside.

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A middle-school novel that deals realistically with bullying in a multi-character story, The Revealers has been the focus of reading-and-discussion projects in well over 1,000 middle schools. Here's an excerpt:

He cocked his head. "Huuh? Whuut? Listen, kid, I know you're not retarded, but I'll try to say this nice and slowly. You start telling the whole school about the bad kids — ooh, the mean kids — and you don't say anything about me? Nothing?"

I blinked. "You want us to say something about you?"

He shrugged, smiling a little. "Well, hey. Who's the most feared person in this school?"

"I guess you?"

"You guess. You guess. You were scared half to death."

"Well ..."

"Of course you were. So why don't you put that on your KidNet?"

"Picture a troubled teen quietly removing this book from the school library shelves, then sitting down ... and devouring it."

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"He only had one beer," I said, next day at Ike's. "But he was weird."

"In what way?" Julie asked.

"I don't know, like he didn't want to deal with things. Like he just wanted to watch TV and eat ice cream."

"I hate to tell you, Casey," Joe said, "but that's kind of typical. An alcoholic'll try to cut back, their intentions are good — but until they face the whole deal, sooner or later this thing is going to climb right back in the driver's seat."

I was having a small, plain dish of chocolate. I was getting tired of ice cream; I was here so Joe and Julie could tell me what I was supposed to do. It was Thursday. The intervention was five days away.

"You call it 'this thing,'" Julie said to him — but what is it? Help us understand. Say more."

from The Prince of Denial. Headline from the book's review in Foreword Reviews.