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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
14 Book Reviews
  • bookfan2008
    bookfan2008about 2 years
    Just by the cover, I already want to read this book!!! It looks so good! And very intresting!
    • hedgeguin2
      hedgeguin2about 2 years55 stars
      This book has become one of my favorite books ever! It’s full of mystery and makes you feel like you’re actually there. It follows a girl named Nora, who is looking forward to summer and relaxing, when suddenly, two inmates escape from the town high-security prison! Now, her life is turned upside down as the police try to catch the prisoners. I reccommend this book to anyone who loves a little mystery in their lives!
      • ludwing37
        ludwing37over 2 years44 stars
        It is a really good book, and the way it is written is kind of cool. It is a reading bowl book in Georgia this year. really good.
        • doggochatcat
          doggochatcatalmost 3 years44 stars
          This is such a good book it will keep you on the edge of your seat! If you love adventure with a little bit of mystery this is the book for you!!!!!!! There are 434 pages in the book! More to come Doggos!
          • imabookworm3
            imabookworm3about 3 years
            I wanted to read this book because it looked interesting and it was a mystery book. It was very cool because it had different point of view. I recommend it to anyone who likes mystery and suspense.
            • applemango
              applemangoabout 3 years55 stars
              Two inmates have escaped from the prison and everyone is gloomy these days.... Nora Tucker is bored of staying inside and wants to go out, her friend Lizzie is struggling with the fact that her grandmother helped the inmates......Elidee's brother Troy is in prison and Elidee is trying to make out the friends and foes of middle school. Also field day has closed bcs of the safety. Rasicm events ocour........will they ever find the inmates????
              • thebookgeek
                thebookgeekabout 3 years44 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.
                • bookstory14
                  bookstory14over 3 years55 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
                  chlooeover 3 years55 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
                    editorover 3 years
                    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 for details - keep up the great work
                    • ajg16
                      ajg16over 3 years
                      @chlooe your reviews are awesome!
                      • bookstory14
                        bookstory14over 3 years55 stars
                        Nice job, chlooe! I've read this book, I'll write a review too...