Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
Illustrator: Nathan Hale
MLA Citation: Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship breaker. New York: Little, Brown, 2010. Print.
Awards/Honors:National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Nominee (2010)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Nominee (2011)
Michael L. Printz Award for Best Young Adult Novel (2011)
Annotation: Nailer works breaking down old ships, pulling copper with his crew as they struggle to meet quota and stay small enough to keep their jobs. After a city killer comes through, however, Nailer makes a discovery that could end his days hauling copper.
Booktalk: Nailer works for Bapi’s light crew, scavenging metal from the inside of ships. After a city killer blows in, Nailer and his friend and crew boss, Pima, make a discovery that would allow them to quit light crew for good – a swank’s clipper ship that crashed ashore. There is another surprise waiting for them within the clipper, however, complicating things beyond gathering their scavenge before others move in.
Straight from the Teen: Danny (17) says, “I liked this book a lot because the dystopian society is believable and it takes place in the U.S.”
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