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Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker

by Paolo Bacigalupi

Monster city-killing hurricanes swirl out of control, the coast has drowned, and New Orleans is submerged. Nailer's own teenage life is no less bleak. He toils on a crew that breaks apart abandoned oil tankers for salvage, and his father is addicted to drugs. But when his crew discovers an attractive girl amid a shipwreck, Nailer chooses to believe that Nina is indeed the heiress she claims to be and that if he helps her and protects her ship, he may change his own fate forever.

To get to her father's allies up the coast, they will have to contend with marauding mercenaries, strange dog-men, and even Nailer's deranged father, who is determined to kidnap Nina for ransom.

Packed with action and excitement, this gripping page-turner invites discussion about the looming dangers of environmental change.

Winner of the 2011 Printz Award

Ages
14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Interest Level
Grades 9 - 12
Lexile Measure
HL690L
DRA
70
Guided Reading
Z
Publisher
LIB - AOL TIME WARNER BOOK GROUP
Number of Pages
336
Genre
Adventure

About the Author

Paolo Bacigalupi Paolo Bacigalupi is the award-winning science fiction author of "Pump Six and Other Stories" and "The Windup Girl."

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