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James Hart Receives Book Donation; Author to Visit School on Tuesday

James Hart students explore new copies of the book, "The Revealers," that were donated by the Friends of the Homewood Library.
James Hart students explore new copies of the book, "The Revealers," that were donated by the Friends of the Homewood Library.

Not only are the “Friends of the Homewood Library” friends of the library.  They also are friends of the students at James Hart School.  The group donated enough copies of the “The Revealers,” a novel about middle school bullying by author Doug Wilhelm, for the entire 7th-grade.

According to teacher Jeanette Nichols, 7th-grade classes at James Hart have been reading "The Revealers" for the past few years as part of the school district’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 they might do about it,” said Nichols. “But we’ve been using our current paperbacks so long that they are in pretty sad shape. We're so grateful to be able to replace them.”

The new book shipment arrived prior to a visit by the book’s author, Doug Wilhelm, to the school on December 10th.

“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,” said Nichols.

During his visit to James Hart, Wilhelm will be meeting with students in small groups to discuss “The Revealers” and its sequel, “True Shoes.”  He also will conduct a writer’s workshop for interested students.

Wilhelm’s visit to James Hart School is being supported by a grant from Foundation 153, District 153’s education foundation.

Wilhelm will make an appearance at the Homewood Public Library at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10th.

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