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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Finally, a book for middle graders that gets the conversation about race and perception and privilege going.
Oh yeah, and the writing and crafting of this novel is OUTSTANDING.
There was more to this than I expected from the teasers and knowing some of the background of the story from Kate's posts. I was drawn in by the different layers to the story, the multi-genre method of telling it, and the characters authenticity. And Messner allows the characters and circumstances to delve into deeper issues of racism and systemic oppression, in a way that is engaging and developmentally appropriate for the targeted age level, making this a must purchase for intermediate and mid ...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
The entire story of prejudice and race is written through a series of letters, essays, articles, texts, and poetry. It allows us to examine different points of view from multiple perspectives. Kate Messner handled an important subject in an outstanding manner. This book is thought provoking and will cause readers to take a step back and reflect, while still being written to appeal to middle grade readers. I look forward to sharing it with students and talking about it with them.
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Definitely 4.5 stars! I like the varied format of text in the book and I LOVED the references to Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Jaqueline Woodson, and Nikki Grimes.
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
Outstanding contemporary middle-grade novel inspired by real events. I loved that the story is told through the use of documents that are submitted to a time-capsule project. I was fascinated by the different perspectives of the various narrators (especially Elidee, whose last few letters brought tears to my eyes, but also Nora who really begins to learn and grow over the course of the story.) I appreciate the novel's focus on issues of racial bias and criminal justice, which are not usually fou ...more
This is Kate Messner’s best middle grade novel yet. I could not put it down. Super captivating with a lot of great lessons about bias. I also love the style of this novel which made it a lot of fun to read.