One-paragraph summaries of THE REVEALERS and TRUE SHOES
|Notes from Doug|
True Shoes picks up the Revealers story a year later. Now, in eighth grade, a group of “tiptop popular” girls has become expert at using the forwarded text message to spread rumors, whether true or false — and everyone at Darkland knows the girls can use this tool to destroy anyone’s reputation, virtually overnight. Russell, Elliot and their motley friends get into a rising conflict with this group that pits creative, mostly positive uses of the Internet and smartphones (for example, posting a young filmmaker’s report about these rumors on YouTube) against the full range of emerging cyberbullying behaviors. An ensemble story just like The Revealers, True Shoes deals with a variety of issues, including a controlling dating relationship that is becoming abusive — but at its heart is the realistic tension between the positive and negative, creative and cruel, ways in which young people are choosing to use networked communication power in their lives.