Doug Wilhelm's books for young readers: a complete list
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Street of Storytellers is a vivid and layered novel of family angst, clashing cultures, navigating friendships, first love, and wisdom versus extremism amid frightening political and religious tensions in 1984 Pakistan – as told by Luke, a 15 year old American who did not want to be there. Wilhelm skillfully weaves history into dramatic fiction that is both a personal story and a perspective on world events today.
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Snake Invasion! is a Choose Your Own Nightmare interactive novel. You and your family have moved into a new neighborhood at the edge of the gigantic Florida Everglades — and one afternoon your little dog Zelda goes missing. You discover that other neighborhood pets have vanished, too — and you’ve learned in school about the enormous, non-native Burmese pythons that are devouring wildlife in the vast wetland. Could they be coming for pets now?
Treasure Town is a suspenseful and funny story about three kids searching for the legendary buried treasure of the real-life pirate Jean Lafitte. Along with strong learning-to-read value, it delivers vocabulary, history, and geography about old-time American pirates. The fictional tale is framed by a map and word list at the outset, and by nonfiction “reports” from two of the main characters at the end.
The Prince of Denial — a young-adult novel about addiction, families ... and breaking through.
“I have read plenty of books about teenagers who have addiction issues, and a bunch more about teenagers whose parents have addiction issues … but I think this was the first in which the teenager tries to affect a change in that parent. Bravo Doug Wilhelm!” writes youth librarian Chrissie Morrison at her blog Great Books for Teens and Tweens.
True Shoes, the Revealers sequel, explores the pressures of growing up in a networked age.
In eighth grade, Russell, Elliot, and their motley (but creative) group of friends get into a rising conflict with a ruthless group of top populars. Plus there are real wars going on, not to mention a romantic triangle, and ... well, you’ll just have to read it.
A lively diversity of characters interweave in this story about how the social pressures of adolescence are mixing uneasily with the powers and pitfalls of being connected online.
The Revealers, the bestseller on bullying, connects with more kids and changes more schools each year.
Read and discussed by middle schools around the world, Doug’s best-known young adult novel deals with the age-old issue of bullying — and with the new powers and pitfalls of the networked era. A suspenseful, unpreachy, realistic story, it's by far the most-used narrative resource on this urgent issue for young teens.
Falling is a sports story, a detective novel, and a romance, about the dangers of being a teenager today.
Katie falls for a boy who is keeping a secret — and without knowing what it is, she agrees to keep it too. Falling brings together sports, romance, and detective work in dealing with the dangers that kids face today, growing up in communities that are saturated with serious drugs.
The Curse of the Pirate Mist is Doug’s first Choose Your Own Adventure book in years.
Your uncle writes best-selling books about undersea treasure hunts. He’s on the trail of what could be the richest find in history — or could be something very different. He asks you to come with him, to the coast of Guyana where Caribbean pirates once roamed.
Alexander the Great: Master of the Ancient World
“If you want to know the truth about this great but ruthless ruler, read THIS book! It may be small, but it covers his life and battles suprisingly thoroughly.”
In the Choose Your Own Adventure series
These interactive novels were published in the 1990s. You can find them through libraries, used bookstores, Amazon.com, or book-search services.
The Underground Railroad
Ten years before the Civil War, you’re drawn into the dangers of the secret system that helped African-Americans escape slavery.
The Gold Medal Secret
You’re a teenage swimmer, about to compete in your first Olympics — then you’re given proof that your top competitor has been forced, by her government, to take steroids.
Shadow of the Swastika
You’re an orphan being raised by a Jewish baker in Vienna, Austria. But he’s swept away in the opening nightmare of the Holocaust, and you’ve got to find your own way.
Gunfire at Gettysburg
Growing up in the North during the Civil War, you admire the dashing Rebels — until their main army invades your little town.
Search the Amazon!
A rare species of freshwater dolphin has mysteriously vanished from the Amazon River basin. Your grandfather, a writer about eco-mysteries, asks you to help him investigate.
The Secret of Mystery Hill
Visiting a little-known site of ancient stonework in New Hampshire, you find a portal to the legendary time of the real King Arthur.
Scene of the Crime
A shopping-mall developer is corrupting your hometown. You find the evidence. What should you do with it?
The Forgotten Planet
Banished from the galaxy years ago, a renegade planet has prepared a devastating counterattack. You’re asked to travel there, undercover. Because who would suspect a kid?