17-year-old Del is in a hurry to leave Los Angeles. But on the day of her escape, she's stopped short-by a day-long traffic jam. Eight years later, it's opening night of her one woman show about a day spent in gridlock. Could the show reveal that a day wasted in traffic is anything but? Breakout is the latest innovative work of Paul Fleischman. His other celebrated books include Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, which is a Newbery Medal Winner and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction/Poetry.
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by Paul Fleischman
by Paul Zindel
by Paul Griffin
by Clive Barker
by Andrew Kolb
by Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz
"It's the day 17-year-old Del has been planning for months--the day of her escape from Los Angeles, and a long string of foster homes. She's saved some cash, bought a clunker car, and even staged a fake death in case anyone cares to notice her disappearance. But her vague plan for camping in the desert between part-time jobs is thwarted by the ultimate LA frustration: a freeway traffic jam. Susan Spain voices Del's aspirations and irritations, allowing the heroine's charm to outshine her na•vetŽ. Her young voice credibly portrays a teenager's emotional range, from sardonic to optimistic. Reading the narrative, Richard Harries describes the roadblocks (literal and metaphorical) that Del encounters in this funky little novel. N.M.C. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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