Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek--two months of swimming, popsicles, and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town's maximum security prison, everything changes. Doors are locked, helicopters fly over the woods, and police patrol the school grounds. Worst of all, everyone is on edge, and fear brings out the worst in some people Nora has known her whole life. Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same. Told in letters, poems, text messages, news stories, and comics--a series of documents Nora collects for the Wolf Creek Community Time Capsule Project--Breakout is a thrilling story that will leave readers thinking about who's really welcome in the places we call home....
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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 time capsule. What they learn is that people are more than the choices they make. They also discover that their quiet little town was more racially biased than they imagined. Kate Messner does a brilliant job of gen ...more
Outstanding contemporary middle-grade novel inspired by real events. I loved that the story is told through the use of documents that are submitted to a time-capsule project. I was fascinated by the different perspectives of the various narrators (especially Elidee, whose last few letters brought tears to my eyes, but also Nora who really begins to learn and grow over the course of the story.) I appreciate the novel's focus on issues of racial bias and criminal justice, which are not usually fou ...more
Eildeeeeeee <3 <3 <3 I loved this book from top to bottom - the multiple format telling (text messages, letters, news clippings both "real" and parody), Nora becoming woke to the harsher realities of her sleepy hometown, Lizzie's humor and techniques to improve it, and Eildee writing her way out. I also loved the way Messner included so many outward connections - Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jacqueline Woodson, Nikki Giovanni, Prohibition, Black Lives Matter, William Carlos Williams ...more
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 Creek). My daughter could have been Lizzie or Nora - 2 of the main characters. I feel like this book should just be required reading. It’s so smart, and so spot on...I’m gushing a little here and not really saying anyt ...more
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 characters weave together beautifully.
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 favorite of Kate’s for sure! Must have 2018 story!
"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 told by three unique female characters. The sad truths of privilege and racism are exposed as a small town deals with their fear and uncertainty during a prison break.
The many works of Jacqueline Woodson, among others, i ...more
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 what is happening in Wolf Creek, a town that lives in the shadows of the Wolf Creek Correctional Facility. It is the end of the school year and all Nora can think about is Field Day, sleepovers with her best friend Lizzi ...more