There is something about this book that struck a chord with me as a middle school teacher. Anthony reminded me of students I have currently and had in the past who feel misunderstood by their teachers...and seeing events from his perspective makes me want to do better by them. For this reason, I think Breakout is a book that teachers should read (especially Emerson's author's note about the inspiration for this character).
appeal to the boys in my classroom, but also some of the girls who want
to get into the head of the boys and figure out what they're really
thinking. But the best audience for this book will be the musicians or
kids who feel misunderstood. They will relate to the main character and
root for him as they go along on this twelve day journey with Anthony,
to Arts Night when his band will play for the school, to figure out how
to stand up for what he believes and be true to himself.
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