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Breakout Kindle Edition
Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek--two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town's maximum security prison, everything changes. Doors are locked, helicopters fly over the woods, and police patrol the school grounds. Worst of all, everyone is on edge, and fear brings out the worst in some people Nora has known her whole life. Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same.
A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year
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“An effective, authentically wrought look at how fear and ignorance can lead people to treat those of different races or from different places with suspicion. Messner shines a light on the ways that people are blind to their own privilege while quick to judge others.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“An accessible format and a unique focus on contemporary issues of criminal justice and racial bias make this an essential purchase.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“A sensitive coming-of-age tale about waking up to injustice and where that knowledge can lead.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Timely and relevant.” ―The Horn Book Magazine
“Successfully balances excitement with larger issues, ripe for classroom discussion.” ―Booklist
“Authentic . . . . Middle school worries and social issues skillfully woven into a moving, hopeful, STEM-related tale.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME
“Vivid characters and situations, along with clear, simple writing and plotting, make this an accessible and enlightening read. A gentle but truthful look at poverty and homelessness.” ―School Library Journal, starred review, on THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME
“An empathetic, beautiful, magical, fiercely necessary book that stares unflinchingly at the very real challenges contemporary kids face and gently assures them they are not alone. Kate Messner gives her readers a story to cherish.” ―Anne Ursu, author of BREADCRUMBS and THE REAL BOY on THE SEVENTH WISH
“Hopeful, empathetic, and unusually enlightening.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on THE SEVENTH WISH
“Rich and daring . . . As she did in All the Answers, Messner lightens a heavy theme with a bit of magic.” ―Publishers Weekly on THE SEVENTH WISH
“It's no surprise that Kate Messner's magic pen could write a charming, moving, funny, and ultimately very surprising story about a magic pencil!” ―Wendy Mass, New York Times best selling author of 11 BIRTHDAYS on ALL THE ANSWERS
“Will appeal to Wendy Mass fans as well as those who love Messner's previous novels.” ―School Library Journal on ALL THE ANSWERS
- ASIN : B079NLGVYG
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Children's Books; 1st edition (June 5, 2018)
- Publication date : June 5, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 26894 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 370 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #491,749 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Perhaps Kate will give us another story someday with Nora, Lizzie and Elidee, three tough, vulnerable, funny, young women.
Breakout tells the stories of Nora and Elidee as they muddle through a summer interrupted by a prison break (inspired by the real life prison break in upstate New York in 2015) and the realities of being who they are, where they are.
Through the use of a variety of text including prose, comic sketches, text messages, poetry, school announcements, letters, new stories, and conversations, Breakout shares a variety of perspectives that will encourage the reader to consider that what we see in front of us may not be the whole story.
My own sons, ages 10 and 13, enjoyed this book for many reasons, and I look forward to putting it in the hands of my students this fall. Given the format of the book and the fact that it hits on a topic that is generally unexplored in MG lit, I expect it to be a huge hit! Thank you, Kate Messner!