Review! Breakout by Kate Messner

By Kate Messner
448 pages – ages 9+
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books on June 5, 2018

Synopsis from Publisher- “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.”

What I Thought- I was really blown away by the creative idea of having the story be told through letters, photographs, poems, interviews, text messages, and even some homemade comics being sent into a time capsule for the town – it really made the story shine. It adds an entire layer of depth to the book as we read the story through the time capsule. I like how we are only exposed to tidbits that somehow tell so much while revealing more questions. One thing I did like was how the story is less about the breakout and the convicts, and more about the emotional and mental stress of living during that time for the citizens. It also talked a little about racial injustices that occur in small conservative towns, as one of the girls recently moved to the area and is African American – a thing that may not have been an issue, if not for the unfortunate timing of the breakout and the citizens being on edge. The book is poignant, with humor laced deep within the terror of having escaped murderers running through your back woods. The characters still experience life as middle schoolers, having to deal with the breakout but with it still not always being the worst thing on their minds. I think kids will enjoy how normal every character is and will surely find someone to relate to. I am a fan of Messner, and I was thrilled to have a chance to read this book. I look forward to more books from Messner!

I give this book five out of five bookworms.

Categories: Age 9+

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6 replies

  1. This sounds fun! Mom just put the sample onto her Kindle. If there were runaway prisoners around here, I’d bark at them and then cuddle with them. I’m lukewarm as a watchdog…..

    Love and licks,

  2. So cool. Erik! How impressive that Nora wants to be a journalist and the story is told through all the time capsule elements.

  3. This book sounds like a very interesting read in the way you describe the way it is told. Sounds like I need to check this one out.

  4. Hi Erik, My mother-in-law and I wrote a children’so book A few years ago that you reviewed for us- we were wondering if you would be so kind as to review our new book (a follow up to the first )Eddie and Bingo book.

    You had reviewed -“Eddie and Bingo :A Friendship Tale “. Our new book is -“Eddie and Bingo :Destination Christmas”. Both are published through Inkwater Press. Please let us know if you would like too review our new book and where to send you a copy. We are happy for your success as a reviewer! All the Best, Kathleen & Katherine Taylor (Kat & Kat)

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  5. I like that you tell about what you like but what is the book truthfully about

  6. I guess you do realy tell about the book

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