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by Emerson, Kevin,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F EMERSON Kevin
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F EMERSON Kevin
When Anthony's angst-ridden rock 'n' roll lyrics go viral, he's unwittingly cast as the school rebel. The truth is, he's not trying to be anyone's hero.

Anthony Castillo needs a new life. His teachers are clueless autocrats except for Mr. Darren, who's in charge of the rock band program. The girls at school are either shallow cutebots or out of his league. And his parents mean well, but they just make things worse. It's as if Anthony is stuck on the bottom level of his favorite video game, Liberation Force 4.5. Except there is no secret escape tunnel and definitely no cheat code.

Fed up, pissed off, and feeling trapped, Anthony writes his first song for his rock band, the Rusty Soles. His only problem: Arts Night. If he exercises his right to free speech and sings his original lyrics--where his own bombs will drop--he and his band will be through.

The clock is ticking. Time for Anthony to pick his battles and decide what's really worth fighting for.

Praise for BREAKOUT
"Emerson captures the heady mixture of pride, vulnerability, amazement, and fear Anthony feels in having created something of personal significance that, once public, takes on a life of its own." - Publishers Weekly

"A funny, perceptive book." - Booklist

"The narrative momentum keeps readers invested in Anthony's moral conundrum." - Kirkus Reviews

"A solid coming-of-age tale that younger readers will pick up for its emotion and shades of rock and roll." - School Library Journal

"Anthony's narrative voice is the very real cri de coeur of every middle-school boy who feels as though his real talents are being underserved by the school curriculum." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "According to Anthony Castillo, eighth-graders battle in the trenches between being a kid and being a teen. All he wants is to rock the Fall Arts Night with his band, the Rusty Soles. But his teachers, his parents, and even, at times, his peers contribute to his sense of helplessness, trapping him within expectations about schoolwork, behavior, and attitude. When Anthony writes an anthem about his frustrations, the song goes viral and sets up a chain of events that just might reinvent him as a student-body hero. (Or get him suspended.) Emerson has written a funny, perceptive book about a kid who views life through the filter of his favorite WWII video game, Liberation Force 4.5 (There is no secret tunnel out of eighth grade), and is searching for his voice, both artistically and socially. For all his inability to make adults listen, Anthony is an honest narrator, and his battles with the Man, prediabetes, and the responsibilities of the spotlight will resonate with readers ready to break out of their own bunkers.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in Seattle, Emerson's tale explores the trials of guitarist and singer Anthony Castillo, whose only reprieve from the misery of eighth grade is band practice and the prospect of performing an original song at the school's upcoming Fall Arts Night. Anthony compares his daily challenges to scenarios in Liberation Force 4.5, a video game he plays with his best friend Keenan: "Every time you tunnel out, you end up against another concrete wall topped with barbed wire and grown-ups in the sentry posts." Rage at being unfairly grounded inspires Anthony to write heartfelt lyrics that describe his sense of entrapment and include a few emphatic profanities. After Keenan uploads the song to the group's BandSpace page and it becomes an overnight sensation, Anthony faces daunting pressures and high-stakes choices. Emerson (the Atlanteans series) captures the heady mixture of pride, vulnerability, amazement, and fear Anthony feels in having created something of personal significance that, once public, takes on a life of its own. Angst-ridden romantic undercurrents and well-drawn supporting characters enrich this satisfying coming-of-age story. Ages 12-up. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Interpersonal relations -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Bands (Music) -- Juvenile fiction.
Rock music -- Fiction.
Obesity -- Juvenile fiction.
Freedom of speech -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Juvenile fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Bands (Music) -- Fiction.
Obesity -- Fiction.
Freedom of speech -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2015
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 297 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780385391122 (hbk.)
0385391129 (hbk.)
9780385391139 (lib. bdg.)
0385391137 (lib. bdg.)
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