Breakout

Breakout

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, Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek--two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on he...

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Title:Breakout
Author:Kate Messner
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:1681195364
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Breakout Reviews

  • nicole
    Jul 15, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

  • Lorie Barber
    Nov 25, 2017

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

  • Donalyn
    Feb 15, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

  • Wendy Garland
    May 01, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

  • Laurie
    May 30, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

  • Julia
    Jul 24, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

    This is a novel about three seventh graders in June 2015 who live in an Upstate New York very small Adirondack town outside of a very large maximum security prison where two inmates escaped and were on the lam for over two tense weeks. Elidee has just moved to Wolf Creek, from the Br...

  • Rachel Polacek
    May 23, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

  • Heather
    Jun 09, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

    This is a novel about three seventh graders in June 2015 who live in an Upstate New York very small Adirondack town outside of a very large maximum security prison where two inmates escaped and were on the lam for over two tense weeks. Elidee has just moved to Wolf Creek, from the Br...

    I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this book from a friend who attended ALA Midwinter. It did not disappoint! I'm so happy to tell my students and colleagues about this book so they can get their hands on it when it releases in June! First off, the craft of this book grabbed...

    This is so much more than a prison break story. You get to know the characters in a small town and become invested in their friendships and conflicts. I loved the ingenious way the kids helped to bring in the criminals. This middle grade novel is unique in the way the story is complete...

    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 t...

    I LOVED this book. Not just a little. A LOT. Messner delves into such delicate, tricky subject matter with so much heart, compassion, and insight. I live in a small, mostly white town. We are really similar to Wolf Creek (we even have a subdivision and elementary school named Wolf Cree...

    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 prov...

    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 transcription...

    This is a powerful story. On the surface, it?s about a town dealing with a prison break. Under that, though, readers will start to think about bias, racism, and the criminal justice system. I loved the structure too. Poems, text messages, letters and drawings from multiple charac...

    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 lett...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 31, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

  • Andrea
    Aug 01, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

    This is a novel about three seventh graders in June 2015 who live in an Upstate New York very small Adirondack town outside of a very large maximum security prison where two inmates escaped and were on the lam for over two tense weeks. Elidee has just moved to Wolf Creek, from the Br...

    I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this book from a friend who attended ALA Midwinter. It did not disappoint! I'm so happy to tell my students and colleagues about this book so they can get their hands on it when it releases in June! First off, the craft of this book grabbed...

    This is so much more than a prison break story. You get to know the characters in a small town and become invested in their friendships and conflicts. I loved the ingenious way the kids helped to bring in the criminals. This middle grade novel is unique in the way the story is complete...

  • Jillian Heise
    Mar 16, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

  • Alex (not a dude) Baugh
    Jul 23, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

  • Barb
    Apr 18, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

    This is a novel about three seventh graders in June 2015 who live in an Upstate New York very small Adirondack town outside of a very large maximum security prison where two inmates escaped and were on the lam for over two tense weeks. Elidee has just moved to Wolf Creek, from the Br...

    I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this book from a friend who attended ALA Midwinter. It did not disappoint! I'm so happy to tell my students and colleagues about this book so they can get their hands on it when it releases in June! First off, the craft of this book grabbed...

    This is so much more than a prison break story. You get to know the characters in a small town and become invested in their friendships and conflicts. I loved the ingenious way the kids helped to bring in the criminals. This middle grade novel is unique in the way the story is complete...

    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 t...

  • Maria
    Jun 19, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

    This is a novel about three seventh graders in June 2015 who live in an Upstate New York very small Adirondack town outside of a very large maximum security prison where two inmates escaped and were on the lam for over two tense weeks. Elidee has just moved to Wolf Creek, from the Br...

    I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this book from a friend who attended ALA Midwinter. It did not disappoint! I'm so happy to tell my students and colleagues about this book so they can get their hands on it when it releases in June! First off, the craft of this book grabbed...

    This is so much more than a prison break story. You get to know the characters in a small town and become invested in their friendships and conflicts. I loved the ingenious way the kids helped to bring in the criminals. This middle grade novel is unique in the way the story is complete...

    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 t...

    I LOVED this book. Not just a little. A LOT. Messner delves into such delicate, tricky subject matter with so much heart, compassion, and insight. I live in a small, mostly white town. We are really similar to Wolf Creek (we even have a subdivision and elementary school named Wolf Cree...

    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 prov...

    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 transcription...

    This is a powerful story. On the surface, it?s about a town dealing with a prison break. Under that, though, readers will start to think about bias, racism, and the criminal justice system. I loved the structure too. Poems, text messages, letters and drawings from multiple charac...

  • Rana
    Jun 24, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

  • Rebecca Sofferman
    Apr 08, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

  • Linda Owen
    Feb 11, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

  • Beth Honeycutt
    Feb 10, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

  • Michelle Simpson
    Mar 14, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

    This is a novel about three seventh graders in June 2015 who live in an Upstate New York very small Adirondack town outside of a very large maximum security prison where two inmates escaped and were on the lam for over two tense weeks. Elidee has just moved to Wolf Creek, from the Br...

    I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this book from a friend who attended ALA Midwinter. It did not disappoint! I'm so happy to tell my students and colleagues about this book so they can get their hands on it when it releases in June! First off, the craft of this book grabbed...

    This is so much more than a prison break story. You get to know the characters in a small town and become invested in their friendships and conflicts. I loved the ingenious way the kids helped to bring in the criminals. This middle grade novel is unique in the way the story is complete...

    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 t...

    I LOVED this book. Not just a little. A LOT. Messner delves into such delicate, tricky subject matter with so much heart, compassion, and insight. I live in a small, mostly white town. We are really similar to Wolf Creek (we even have a subdivision and elementary school named Wolf Cree...

    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 prov...

  • Kristin
    Mar 08, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

    This is a novel about three seventh graders in June 2015 who live in an Upstate New York very small Adirondack town outside of a very large maximum security prison where two inmates escaped and were on the lam for over two tense weeks. Elidee has just moved to Wolf Creek, from the Br...

    I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this book from a friend who attended ALA Midwinter. It did not disappoint! I'm so happy to tell my students and colleagues about this book so they can get their hands on it when it releases in June! First off, the craft of this book grabbed...

  • Stacey
    Nov 24, 2017

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

  • Sarah
    Nov 29, 2017

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

  • Sarah Bodnar
    Aug 01, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

  • Rachel Harder
    Dec 05, 2017

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

  • Christie Allred
    Jul 05, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

  • Jenna Skoglund
    Jul 24, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

    This is a novel about three seventh graders in June 2015 who live in an Upstate New York very small Adirondack town outside of a very large maximum security prison where two inmates escaped and were on the lam for over two tense weeks. Elidee has just moved to Wolf Creek, from the Br...

    I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this book from a friend who attended ALA Midwinter. It did not disappoint! I'm so happy to tell my students and colleagues about this book so they can get their hands on it when it releases in June! First off, the craft of this book grabbed...

    This is so much more than a prison break story. You get to know the characters in a small town and become invested in their friendships and conflicts. I loved the ingenious way the kids helped to bring in the criminals. This middle grade novel is unique in the way the story is complete...

    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 t...

    I LOVED this book. Not just a little. A LOT. Messner delves into such delicate, tricky subject matter with so much heart, compassion, and insight. I live in a small, mostly white town. We are really similar to Wolf Creek (we even have a subdivision and elementary school named Wolf Cree...

    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 prov...

    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 transcription...

    This is a powerful story. On the surface, it?s about a town dealing with a prison break. Under that, though, readers will start to think about bias, racism, and the criminal justice system. I loved the structure too. Poems, text messages, letters and drawings from multiple charac...

    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 lett...

    4.5 stars. I LOVED the style of this book and the great picture it created of a young teen?s introduction to racism and privilege. I also was a huge fan of all the Hamilton references. It was a little longer than I think it needed to be, but I still enjoyed it a lot! ...

  • Sarah Ackerman
    Jun 09, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

    This is a novel about three seventh graders in June 2015 who live in an Upstate New York very small Adirondack town outside of a very large maximum security prison where two inmates escaped and were on the lam for over two tense weeks. Elidee has just moved to Wolf Creek, from the Br...

    I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this book from a friend who attended ALA Midwinter. It did not disappoint! I'm so happy to tell my students and colleagues about this book so they can get their hands on it when it releases in June! First off, the craft of this book grabbed...

    This is so much more than a prison break story. You get to know the characters in a small town and become invested in their friendships and conflicts. I loved the ingenious way the kids helped to bring in the criminals. This middle grade novel is unique in the way the story is complete...

    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 t...

    I LOVED this book. Not just a little. A LOT. Messner delves into such delicate, tricky subject matter with so much heart, compassion, and insight. I live in a small, mostly white town. We are really similar to Wolf Creek (we even have a subdivision and elementary school named Wolf Cree...

  • Rebecca Donnelly
    Apr 08, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

  • Cassie Thomas
    Feb 27, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

    This is a novel about three seventh graders in June 2015 who live in an Upstate New York very small Adirondack town outside of a very large maximum security prison where two inmates escaped and were on the lam for over two tense weeks. Elidee has just moved to Wolf Creek, from the Br...

    I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this book from a friend who attended ALA Midwinter. It did not disappoint! I'm so happy to tell my students and colleagues about this book so they can get their hands on it when it releases in June! First off, the craft of this book grabbed...

    This is so much more than a prison break story. You get to know the characters in a small town and become invested in their friendships and conflicts. I loved the ingenious way the kids helped to bring in the criminals. This middle grade novel is unique in the way the story is complete...

    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 t...

    I LOVED this book. Not just a little. A LOT. Messner delves into such delicate, tricky subject matter with so much heart, compassion, and insight. I live in a small, mostly white town. We are really similar to Wolf Creek (we even have a subdivision and elementary school named Wolf Cree...

    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 prov...

    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 transcription...

    This is a powerful story. On the surface, it?s about a town dealing with a prison break. Under that, though, readers will start to think about bias, racism, and the criminal justice system. I loved the structure too. Poems, text messages, letters and drawings from multiple charac...

    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 lett...

    4.5 stars. I LOVED the style of this book and the great picture it created of a young teen?s introduction to racism and privilege. I also was a huge fan of all the Hamilton references. It was a little longer than I think it needed to be, but I still enjoyed it a lot! ...

    What an amazing story. The authors note at the end helped to understand why a prison break, which is helpful! There is so much to be discussed in the story with children that I am real excited to bring into my classroom. As a teacher, I love all of the different styles of writing. A fa...

  • Amber Webb
    Jun 13, 2018

    Engaging and thought provoking. One of my favorite Kate Messner books, yet! ...

    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 c...

    This was one of the most captivating and brilliant books I?ve read in a long time. ...

    I just finished Breakout and I hardly know what to say except please do yourself a favor and read it! I?ve been a fan of Kate Messner?s books for years but this is by far her best and perhaps most important work yet. I thought I was going to be reading a book based on the true stor...

    So I cry a lot when I'm reading books. That wasn't true for this one. But as I reflect on what I've just read and write my review, I am in tears. Breakout is unequivocally in my top 3 for best books ever written for middle-grade readers. In an effort to educate myself on racism and ...

    It's two weeks before the end of school and the kids in Wolf Creek Middle School in upstate New York are looking forward to summer vacation. This year, however, they have a summer assignment to submit at least 5 items to be put into the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule to be opened in...

    When two inmates escape from the local jail, an extended manhunt causes Nora to think twice about her small, safe and friendly town. Nora and her journalist buddy Lizzie set out to listen and report on the situation which we read about via letters, texts, and transcripts for the town t...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    I'm really looking forward to introducing my library kids & the adults in their lives to BREAKOUT. First, because it?s Kate & it?s got all the hallmarks of one of her beloved middle grade books: a North Country setting, relatable kids and families, & an accessible route...

    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 onl...

    4.5 genius middle grade. ...

    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. ...

    The premise drew me in and I love the cover. But I struggled to connect with the characters and the dialog did not seem natural in many places. It was very slow paced and repetitive as well. It didn't help that I'm not into poetry, rap, or political hot topics in children's books eithe...

    Upstate New York small town; state prison a major employer. Middle school, winding down the school year. English teacher assigns 5 letters to future residents to be put in a community time capsule. Nora Tucker, the prison superintendent's daughter, and her best friend, Lizzie Bruno, ar...

    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Nora and Lizzie are enjoying the end of the school year in their small, east coast town, waiting for field day and all of the leisure of summer. When two prisoners break out of the local prison (for which most of the local residents wor...

    I read an ARC (thank you, Bloomsbury and NCTE) of this latest Kate Messner story and wow- she has done it again! This author has such a talent for writing middle grade books that tell captivating stories while weaving in serious content (Seventh Wish and Exact Location of Home, for exa...

    "I'm guessing that once you're the kind of person who thinks about all this stuff, you don't go back to being the kind of person who doesn't." Written in prose, poetry, text, photos and graphic art, this book will grab every reader. Complex perspectives are shared through a story ...

    Interest Level: 5-8 What if your quiet, uneventful, dull town was one day turned upside down and what once felts safe, not so much anymore? What if that same town that you grew up in all of your life was known for being a welcoming, friendly town, but not so much anymore? This is wh...

    This is a novel about three seventh graders in June 2015 who live in an Upstate New York very small Adirondack town outside of a very large maximum security prison where two inmates escaped and were on the lam for over two tense weeks. Elidee has just moved to Wolf Creek, from the Br...

    I had the privilege of receiving an ARC of this book from a friend who attended ALA Midwinter. It did not disappoint! I'm so happy to tell my students and colleagues about this book so they can get their hands on it when it releases in June! First off, the craft of this book grabbed...

    This is so much more than a prison break story. You get to know the characters in a small town and become invested in their friendships and conflicts. I loved the ingenious way the kids helped to bring in the criminals. This middle grade novel is unique in the way the story is complete...

    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 t...

    I LOVED this book. Not just a little. A LOT. Messner delves into such delicate, tricky subject matter with so much heart, compassion, and insight. I live in a small, mostly white town. We are really similar to Wolf Creek (we even have a subdivision and elementary school named Wolf Cree...

    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 prov...

    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 transcription...