Ship Breaker

By: Paolo Bacigalupi

Everyone in Nailer's impoverished coastal town is looking for a Lucky Strike-an escape hatch from a lifetime of hard labor and uncertainty. So when Nailer discovers a beached clipper ship, he's ecstatic. Scavenged for parts, it'll make him the richest person in town. But only if he kills the ship's one surviving passenger.
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ISBN: 9780316056212

JLG Release: Jul 2010


Series: Ship Breaker
Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Mild Violence, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Crime: General
Topics: Science fiction , Teamwork , Loyalty , Exploitation , Moral conduct , Poverty , Luck

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Awards & Honors

2011 Printz Award; 2011 BooklistTop 10 SF/Fantasy for Youth; 2010 National Book Award Finalist, Young People’s Literature; 2011 Nebula Award Nominee; 2011 ALA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults; 2011 ALA Notable Children’s Books, Older Readers; 2011 Top 10 Books for Youth, Environment; Publishers Weekly Best; Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Science Fiction, ages 14 & up; Children’s Books 2010, Fiction

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, The Horn Book Guide^, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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In a dystopian future America, “ship breaker” Nailer discovers a wrecked clipper ship and its sole survivor, Nita. Nailer chooses to protect Nita and help find her family. Bacigalupi's novel vividly depicts a bleak vision: a "whole waterlogged world...torn down by the patient work of changing nature." This thriller will grab readers' attention In a dystopian future America, “ship breaker” Nailer discovers a wrecked clipper ship and its sole survivor, Nita. Nailer chooses to protect Nita and help find her family. Bacigalupi's novel vividly depicts a bleak vision: a "whole waterlogged world...torn down by the patient work of changing nature." This thriller will grab readers' attention as Nailer and Nita "crew up" to survive.

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• Paolo Bacigalupi’s electrifying prose pulls in readers from page one, transmitting every moment of Nailer’s fear and claustrophobia as he crawls deep into the bowels of a ship.
Ship Breaker’s world is a thoroughly realized dystopia. Its poverty, grit, and violence are arresting and convincing.
• Fast-paced acti

• Paolo Bacigalupi’s electrifying prose pulls in readers from page one, transmitting every moment of Nailer’s fear and claustrophobia as he crawls deep into the bowels of a ship.
Ship Breaker’s world is a thoroughly realized dystopia. Its poverty, grit, and violence are arresting and convincing.
• Fast-paced action scenes, difficult moral decisions, and memorably frightening characters will keep readers hooked through the end.
• The themes of luck and free will are intellectually engaging and organic to the novel’s world, in which the gap between the rich and poor is nearly insurmountable.
• Set in the U.S. Gulf Coast, the specter of modern-day New Orleans haunts Bacigalupi’s story and gives it contemporary relevance.

Book Details

ISBN

9780316056212

First Release

July 2010

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

336

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.4; Points: 11;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 0;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Little, Brown

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Mild Violence, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Crime: General

Topics

Science fiction, Teamwork, Loyalty, Exploitation, Moral conduct, Poverty, Luck,

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