Mad About Books - Middle Grade Book Club

Event date: 
Monday, April 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Our next Mad About Books pick is really special... We'll be discussing Breakout by Kate Messner. This book won't even be published until June 2018, but the publisher has sent MAB advance reader copies so that we can read it before anyone else!**

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.

**If you missed our March meeting, we still have a few copies of Breakout left.  E-mail Suzi at to arrange to pick up one of the remaining books.  If you got a copy of Breakout and finish early, please bring the book back to the store so that we can pass it on to another reader. Thank you!!

You've asked and we've heard you! Hicklebee's has launched a book club for readers between the ages of 9 and 12, led by kidlit aficionados Kathy Ellen Davis and Suzi Hough.  If you are a middle grader and MAD ABOUT BOOKS, joins us on the second Monday of each month to discuss our featured book and anything else we've read that we loved.  MAB members will receive a 20% discount on titles chosen for discussion and occasional sneak peeks at upcoming titles.

Apply for membership here.


Breakout Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681195360
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - June 5th, 2018

“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

Ages 9+