Fleischman, Paul: Breakout.
Fleischman, Paul BREAKOUT. ISBN 0-81262-69 6-6. New York: Cricket
Books, 2003. 166 pp. $15.95. Del breaks out of her life in foster homes
and hits the road. Caught in a traffic jam on a Los Angeles freeway, she
observes people's behavior and finds a new frame for her life.
Alternating between Del's narrative and scenes from Del's
later life as Elena, when she finds herself stuck in a similar
situation, the author gives the young adolescent reader a thoughtful
insight into a young woman's search for identity, connection, and
acceptance. Del's raging energy, her witty and imaginative
description of the world around her, and, finally, her successful
attempt to accept her life combine for a rewarding and challenging
reading experience. Ages 14 up. Reviewed by Sylvia Loh, ESL teacher
trainer in Esslingen, Germany