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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
3 Book Reviews
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  • 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!?
    • 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!
      • bookstory13
        bookstory13Monday, April 15, 2019 at 4:51 pm55 stars
        Nice job, chlooe! I've read this book, I'll write a review too...

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