Kate Messner

Join us in welcoming award-winning author, Kate Messner to An Unlikely Story to introduce her new book Breakout, a fantastic middle-grade read based on the true story of a prison-break 3 years ago in New Hampshire. When two inmates break out of the nearby maximum security prison, Nora's fun summer plans are shut down, and everyone is afraid. Will fear change her town forever? It's a  fast-paced, thought-provoking story that encourages readers to examine privilege and perspective.

The Seventh Wish: “A story to cherish.” —Anne Ursu, author of Breadcrumbs

“Hopeful, empathetic, and unusually enlightening.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

All the Answers: “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 bestselling author

“Will appeal to Wendy Mass fans as well as those who love Messner’s previous novels.” —SLJ

This fast-paced, thought-provoking story by acclaimed author Kate Messner encourages readers to examine privilege and perspective.

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.

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 HomeSugar and IceEye of the StormWake Up MissingAll the AnswersThe Seventh WishCapture the FlagHide 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. Visit her online at www.katemessner.com and @KateMessner.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
An Unlikely Story (Second Story)
Breakout Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681195360
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - June 5th, 2018

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