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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.

Why is the new book called True Shoes?

Why the title True Shoes? Two reasons.

First, the story deals with rumor-spreading by networked technology — cell phones and social networking sites (as in Facebook). The book opens with an old saying: "A lie can travel around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes."

Second, the story involves footwear. Competing fashions in a school.

Those are the reasons why.

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