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. Told in letters, poems, text messages, news stories, and comics--a series of documents Nora collects for the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule Project--Breakout is a thrilling story that will leave readers thinking about who's really welcome in the places we call home....
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More detailed review to come, but WOW. This book packed a really big punch, and I LOVED it. So thoughtful and thought-provoking. I want to read everything Kate Messner has written!
What an amazing book! Kate Messner has a gift with words. How was she able to express the feelings of these middle school students and share how they come to the realization of the racial inequalities of their world? This book is not written judgmentally or inauthentically. I believe this is an example of how people can change their biases, it’s done one at a time, friend to friend. It’s done with family visits and school talks. I also enjoyed the layout of this book. It was written as letters, ...more
I love a good epistolary, but I haven't come across many in the middle-grade level. This one is told 100% through letters, text messages, newspaper articles, etc. with no prose to tie them together. The letters really serve as the prose to tell the main story. This is, I think, the only downfall of the story. I'd like to have seen fewer of the letters and more narrative, but I appreciate the effort of the letters and the relevance of the text messages being included. (A pet peeve of mine is book ...more
Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet!
Eildeeeeeee <3 <3 <3 I loved this book from top to bottom - the multiple format telling (text messages, letters, news clippings both "real" and parody), Nora becoming woke to the harsher realities of her sleepy hometown, Lizzie's humor and techniques to improve it, and Eildee writing her way out. I also loved the way Messner included so many outward connections - Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jacqueline Woodson, Nikki Giovanni, Prohibition, Black Lives Matter, William Carlos Williams ...more
WOW! This book is a 2018 standout and a must read for everyone! The way Messner set this book up was ground breaking and the best way to write this story. A prison break out in a small town is recorded from multiple perspectives through letters, texts, notes, articles and transcriptions. Very interesting.
The way Messner is able to talk about the big issues such as white privilege and inequity was profound. This book has power and should be read to all children 4th grade and above and discussed t ...more
This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I’ve read in a long time.
4.5 -- LOVED this story and the different pieces of writing used to tell it. This also got me down a rabbit hole researching the actual prison outbreak from 2015 and those from Alcatraz!