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Breakout (Paperback)

Author:  Paul Fleischman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0689871899
ISBN-13: 9780689871894
Sku: 39969675
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6.75H x 5L x 0.5T
Pages:  137
Age Range:  16 to 21
 
This National Book Award finalist is now in paperback. Growing up in foster care, Del pens a one-woman play about a Los Angeles traffic jam, providing readers with a backstage pass into a young playwright's psyche as her play parallels her own life.
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While acting in her own one-woman play about an L.A. traffic jam, Del's comedy is actually a reflection of her own life, when she fled Los Angeles eight years earlier, and her struggle for identity and community. Reprint.
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Tired of living the difficult life of a foster child, 17-year-old Del fakes her own death and runs away from her latest foster home. Her hopes for a quick escape are dashed, however, when she is promptly stuck in a massive traffic jam--a situation which gives her plenty of time to contemplate her life. Eight years later, Del prepares for the opening night of a one-woman show she's written and stars in--the show is set in a Los Angeles traffic jam and the various characters mirror facets of her own life experiences. This novel goes back and forth in time, taking readers from the life of 17-year-old Del to the life of 25-year-old woman she will become.
Author Bio
Paul Fleischman
Paul Fleischman makes sure that he takes time to play bocce-ball with his friends and to play musical instruments whenever he can, even though he is a busy young adult novelist and children's book writer. Paul never dreamed that he would become a writer when he was older. Growing up in sunny and bright California, he liked to spend his time outdoors. He never really thought about what he wanted to do when he grew up. In fact, he wrote his first book called THE BIRTHDAY TREE right before he was about to graduate from college and realized he needed to have a job when he finished school! His father writes novels also, and Paul remembers him reading his own books to the family. Paul's family spent a lot of time together playing games and telling stories to one another. They never watched television together, but would sit in the living room together after dinner. That's where Paul got some of his inspiration when he decided to write the books, JOYFUL NOISE: POEMS FOR TWO VOICES and I AM PHOENIX: POEMS FOR TWO VOICES. He believes that there's education in the pleasure of being (and reading!) with others. Paul doesn't think about the age of his readers, but just writes what he feels compelled to write. He feels that the best place for him to get some really good thinking and writing done is where it's very quiet. He usually strives to write for about eight hours a day. Paul's historical novels, which include GRAVEN IMAGES and SATURNALIA, take a lot of research. In fact, he spends as much time researching and planning the books as he does to write them. As he says about writing historical novels, "It takes a lot of fat books to write a thin one!" Although Paul didn't think he was going to become a writer, he says that the idea of writing for children wouldn't have ever occurred to him without his father as a mentor. A fun fact: both Paul and his dad love history--and the stranger it is, the better!

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Kirkus Reviews
"A stunning tour de force." 08/15/2003

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This realistic processing-over-time may prove prove helpful to the teen struggling with difficult circumstances; there is potential here for creative-writing assignments that mirror Del's imaginative activity of transforming suffering into comedic narrative." - Karen Coats October 2003

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   12
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0137
Product attributePublisher:   Simon Pulse
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