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Breakout

by Paul Fleischman
| Item # P1543
Breakout P1543
Format: Paperback
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After a childhood spent in foster homes, seventeen-year-old Audelia "Del" Thigpen has finally done it -- she's broken free, leaving Los Angeles behind and heading toward a new life in a place far, far away. But Del's plan hits a snag when she gets stuck in a traffic jam on her way out of town. InBreakout,Paul Fleischman introduces us to a young woman determined to make it on her own terms, and as the story alternates between the scene unfolding on the freeway and the staging of Del's one-woman play eight years later, we witness her inspiring transformation.Discussion Topics1. Del describes herself as an outsider. Often, she says she feels uncomfortable in her own skin. Why? What specific events or circumstances have caused Del to feel this way? What does she do to make herself feel, and appear, less like an outsider -- to fit in? Can you identify a time in your life when you felt like Del? What, if anything, did you do to fit in? How would you respond if a friend or family member told you he or she felt like an outsider and was trying to fit in?2. Growing up in Los Angeles, in a series of foster homes, Del finds different ways of coping with difficult circumstances. Give examples. Are her coping mechanisms positive or negative, constructive or self-destructive? In what ways? If you were friends with Del, or an adult counseling Del, how might you help her deal with her feelings in a positive way? What suggestions, if any, would you offer? How do you cope with difficult circumstances? Identify positive and negative ways of dealing with difficult circumstances.3. Leaving Los Angeles, Del changes her name. Why? What is the significance of her new name, Elena Franco? How does the name help her to create a new life outside of Los Angeles? What impact do names -- of people, places, products, and businesses -- have on public perception? How do our names affect our perception of ourselves?4. How do the drivers, Del included, respond to being stuck in the traffic jam? How doe

Product Information

  • AR Level5.4
  • AR Quiz Number70392
  • AR Quiz Points4
  • AuthorPaul Fleischman
  • Page Count144
  • ISBN100689871899
  • ISBN139780689871894
  • PublisherSimon Pulse
  • Year Published2005
  • Grade Level7
  • Type of BookFiction
  • SubjectFamily & home stories (Children's/YA)
    General fiction (Children's/YA)
    Personal & social issues: family issues (Children's/YA)
    Personal & social issues: self-awareness & self-esteem (Children's/YA)
    General fiction (Children's/YA)
  • ImprintSimon Pulse

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