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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.
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.
A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year
Kate Messner is a former middle-school English teacher and the author of E. B. White Read Aloud Award winner The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. and its companion, The Exact Location of Home; Sugar and Ice; Eye of the Storm; Wake Up Missing; All the Answers; The Seventh Wish; Capture the Flag; Hide and Seek; the Marty McGuire chapter book series; the Ranger in Time chapter book series; and several picture books. She lives on Lake Champlain with her husband and two kids. When she's not reading or writing, she loves hiking, kayaking, biking, and watching thunderstorms over the lake. www.katemessner.com
An effective, authentically wrought look at how fear and ignorance can lead people to treat those of different races or from different places with suspicion. Messner shines a light on the ways that people are blind to their own privilege while quick to judge others. Publishers Weekly, starred review
An accessible format and a unique focus on contemporary issues of criminal justice and racial bias make this an essential purchase. School Library Journal, starred review
A sensitive coming-of-age tale about waking up to injustice and where that knowledge can lead. Kirkus Reviews
Timely and relevant. The Horn Book Magazine
Successfully balances excitement with larger issues, ripe for classroom discussion. Booklist
Authentic . . . . Middle school worries and social issues skillfully woven into a moving, hopeful, STEM-related tale. Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME
Vivid characters and situations, along with clear, simple writing and plotting, make this an accessible and enlightening read. A gentle but truthful look at poverty and homelessness. School Library Journal, starred review, on THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME
An empathetic, beautiful, magical, fiercely necessary book that stares unflinchingly at the very real challenges contemporary kids face and gently assures them they are not alone. Kate Messner gives her readers a story to cherish. Anne Ursu, author of BREADCRUMBS and THE REAL BOY on THE SEVENTH WISH
Hopeful, empathetic, and unusually enlightening. Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on THE SEVENTH WISH
Rich and daring . . . As she did in All the Answers, Messner lightens a heavy theme with a bit of magic. Publishers Weekly on THE SEVENTH WISH
It's no surprise that Kate Messner's magic pen could write a charming, moving, funny, and ultimately very surprising story about a magic pencil! Wendy Mass, New York Times best selling author of 11 BIRTHDAYS on ALL THE ANSWERS
Will appeal to Wendy Mass fans as well as those who love Messner's previous novels. School Library Journal on ALL THE ANSWERS