|Author: Paul Fleischman|
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|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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Del's lived in Los Angeles for seventeen years, bouncing among foster homes. Smart, sharp-tongued, and a master mimic, she's fed up with her world and with being Del. So she's changing her name and leaving both herself and L.A. behind -- until her escape lands her in an all-day traffic jam.
Fast-forward eight years. It's opening night for the one-woman show Del has written and is starring in -- a show called Breakout about a Los Angeles traffic jam.
As the novel flashes between Del's present and future, we get a backstage pass into this young playwright's psyche, watching her life being transformed into art, heartache into comedy, solitude into connection. And, finally, anger giving way to acceptance.
"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 Kirkus Reviews
"A stunning tour de force." 08/15/2003
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