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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

posted Jul 30, 2011, 5:44 PM by

Watch this video of Paolo Bacigalupi discussing his recent book that won the 2011 The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.  Ship Breaker is about a poor boy, Nailer Lopez, who makes his living crawling through abandoned ducts of rusty old ships pulling copper wire for his crew.  He dreams of what life would be like on the fast, updated clipper ships he sees far off in the horizon.  Luck comes his way when he and a friend find a broken clipper ship after a Category 6 hurricane.  While looking through the wreckage, they discover a young girl, barely alive.  The two friends rescue the girl who promises that her wealthy shipping magnate family will reward them richly.  Unfortunately, Nailer’s drunken father discovers the wreckage first, captures the girl, and plans to salvage the material to make some quick money. Nailer and company escape to the port of Orleans in search of allies of the girl’s father.  Along the way they learn how to survive on their own, who to trust and the true meaning of family.

Now available at the La Salle Prep Library.  Email Mrs. Cassinelli to place this book on reserve.