Breakout

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 1, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 144 pages
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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.
 

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BREAKOUT

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Life begets art begets life: "It's fiction. Meaning autobiography seen through weird, wavy glass." So says playwright/performer Elena Franco to an interviewer minutes before her one-woman play ... Read full review

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User Review  - welkinscheek - LibraryThing

Breakout opens with Del, coaxing her ancient Datsun onto a Los Angeles freeway exit, feeling triumphant that her plans have succeeded. Del, a 17-year-old who has been in and out of foster homes ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
10
Section 2
16
Section 3
25
Section 4
28
Section 5
36
Section 6
42
Section 7
46
Section 8
53
Section 11
80
Section 12
101
Section 13
108
Section 14
121
Section 15
124
Section 16
133
Section 17
137
Section 18
140

Section 9
59
Section 10
65

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About the author (2005)

Paul Fleischman was born in Monterey, California on September 5, 1952. His father is fellow children's author, Sid Fleischman. He attended the University of California at Berkeley for two years, from 1970 to 1972. He dropped out to go on a cross-country train/bicycle trip and along the way took care of a 200-year-old house in New Hampshire. He eventually earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Mexico in 1977. Fleischman has written over 25 books for children and young adults including award winners such as Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, Newberry Medal in 1989; Graven Images, Newberry Honor; Bull Run, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; Breakout, Finalist for the National Book Award in 2003; Saturnalia, Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Honor. He has also garnered numerous awards and recognitions from the American Library Association, School Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and NCTE. He founded the grammar watchdog groups ColonWatch and The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to English.