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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.

Hardcover, 448 pages
Published on June 5, 2018 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
ISBN-10: 1681195364
ISBN-13: 9781681195360
8 Book Reviews
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  • lawalex
    lawalexMonday, June 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm44 stars
    This book is a little confusing, but is a good read. This book is written in an interesting form, and has a good story where two inmates escape, and the town goes on lockdown.
    • bookstory13
      bookstory13Monday, April 15, 2019 at 4:57 pm55 starsFeatured
      Nora Tucker decides to participate in a summer project in a last-minute attempt to get some extra credit. Nothing new happens that she can journal....the same people, the same stores, the same old prison with the same old people in the same old cells....until two dangerous inmates escape. Everyone thinks they will be caught in hours. But the hours quickly turn to days, and the days escalate into weeks. Every second gets more dangerous. The inmates are nowhere to be found. Doors are locked, windows are shuttered, and neighbors turn to strangers. Can the criminals be found? Who will save the people in Wolf Creek? What will weeks of anxiety and strain do to people who you thought were friends? How much damage can maximum-security inmates do when they finally....Breakout!?
      • ajg16
        ajg16Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8:39 am
        @bookstory13 what an awesome review! I gotta read this!
        • bookstory13
          bookstory13Friday, April 19, 2019 at 8:22 am55 stars
          Thank you! And yes, you should! It's pretty great!
      • chlooe
        chlooeFriday, April 12, 2019 at 3:34 pm55 starsFeatured
        Breakout is a story told by notes, letters, text messages, and poems. In this book, Nora Tucker (Main character) thought that she could just swim in the pool and eat popsicles every day because it was summer. But when two inmates break out of Wolf Creek's most high security, everybody is forced to lock every door and window. Before this happened, it was a few weeks before the end of school and it was so close to Field Day. But because of the breakout, it was canceled and had to be substituted by playing games indoors. This book was also made because it was supposed to be made for a time capsule project. Kate Messner has yet again made everything understandable that everyone could feel the intensity rising even though you're just reading a book. I rate this book 5 stars because each page in this book is filled with perspectives and also words that were recorded. I hope you consider reading this book and if so, enjoy it!
        • editor
          editorFriday, April 19, 2019 at 7:54 am
          hi Clooe - I love your reviews and would like to invite you to join the DOGObooks Advance Review club - If you are interested ask a parent to e-mail me at editor@dogonews.com for details - keep up the great work
          • ajg16
            ajg16Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8:39 am
            @chlooe your reviews are awesome!
            • bookstory13
              bookstory13Monday, April 15, 2019 at 4:51 pm55 stars
              Nice job, chlooe! I've read this book, I'll write a review too...