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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Battle of the Books --> Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi


This book was phenomenal. Unlike many other books, this book's main character is a boy, Nailer. Nailer is living in a futuristic U.S. Global warming and natural disasters have shaped an entirely new world. Nailer works everyday on "light crew", scavenging old oil tankers which line the beach. It's a dirty, dangerous job crawling deep in the wrecks, scavenging for copper wire and turning it over to his crew boss.

After a particulary brutal hurricance, Nailer and his friend, Pima, stumble upon the wreck of a luxurious clipper ship. It's filled with valuable goods - a "Lucky Strike" that could make them rich, if only they can find a safe way to cash it in. Amid the wreckage, a girl barely clings to life. If they help her, they lose their lucky strike and their ticket out of their current situation. If they kill her, the "Lucky Strike" is all theirs if they can safely cash it in. The "swank girl" tells them they will be rewarded for saving her. But can they trust her? And if so, can they keep the girl safe from Nailer's drug-addicted father?

Click on the picture of the book above to place a hold on one of the copies. Sign up at the Reference Desk to join the Battle of the Books Manitowoc team this year OR email Krissy at mplya@manitowoc.org!

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