Set in a small town in New York State, BREAKOUT is a wonderful middle-grade read that explores unjust judgments, fear, and self-awareness. I love how the novel is a composition of the artifacts included in the school’s time capsule; letters, newspaper articles, and first-hand accounts of the weeks in which this small town was essentially in lockdown because two inmates escaped the federal prison located in the small town. The main characters had a personal connection to the prison. A dad that was warden to a brother that was an inmate. Through this stressful time and self-reflection, growth was made. Change was made. BREAKOUT would be a perfect read aloud for grades 5 and up. A must-have for school and classroom libraries.