Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Given for excellence in young adult literature, the Printz is quite an honor for Bacigalupi’s debut novel for young adults. An adventure set in a future world, where fossil fuels are used up and coastal cities are under water, seventeen-year-old Nailer scavenges for scrap metals in abandoned tankers. Nailer and his crew live in a world of leftover resources, doing work that is dirty and dangerous. He and his friend, Pima, come upon the wreck of a luxurious clipper ship and find a girl clinging to life. To save her would jeopardize Nailer with his violent, strung-out Dad, because finding this ship and it’s bounty would have be to kept secret. Can they trust this girl and her story of wealth and privilege? Ship Breaker is a thoughtful read about sustainable issues, as well as a gripping, action-packed thriller.