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Doug Wilhelm is a full-time writer and an independent publisher in Weybridge, Vemont. His newest book is the novel STREET OF STORYTELLERS (Rootstock, 2019). His 15 previous novels for young adults include THE REVEALERS (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003), which has been the focus of reading-and-discussion projects in well over 1,000 middle schools.

Some questions (and answers) about True Shoes

Here are some of the things kids are asking me about True Shoes ... with my answers:

Does it have all the same characters?
Yes — all the major characters, plus most of the minor ones, to one degree or another.

Do we find out what’s going on with Richie?
Yes. There’s a chapter called “Richie’s Secret.”

Are the kids still in Parkland Middle School?
Yep — they’re eighth graders. Richie is a ninth grader at the high school. But he's in the story a lot.

Are there any new characters?
Oh, sure! There are several important new characters. Like The Revealers but even more so, True Shoes is what’s called an ensemble story. That means there are a number of characters, various relationships between the characters, and different story lines and tensions that interweave — and all, eventually, come together.

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First sketch for the book cover: please comment!
Why is the new book called True Shoes?
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