Breakout by Kate Messner

Breakout Book CoverThis exciting novel is told from three girls’ perspectives as they each write letters that will go into their small town’s time capsule. Two prisoners have just escaped from the local prison. Nora’s dad is the superintendent, and Elidee, who has just moved to town with her mom, has a brother who is an inmate in the prison. Nora and her best friend Lizzie form a friendship with Elidee, and the three of them set out to find the escaped convicts in order to end the chaos around them. This book will really make you question why you see things the way that you do, and how someone else with different experiences might see the same situation differently. Breakout is super engaging, thought provoking, and accessible for young readers.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator