The 2011 Michael L. Printz Award WinnerShip Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2010. ISBN: 9780316056212) Compare prices.
According to the American Library Association (ALA), "In Ship Breaker, near a drowned New Orleans ravaged by hurricanes and global warming, Nailer and his young crew eke out a meager existence by scavenging materials on the ship-littered coast.
"Bacigalupi has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for his science fiction novels published for adults. He makes his young adult debut with this year’s Michael L. Printz Award winner, which was also a National Book Award Finalist.
“'This taut, suspenseful novel is a relentless adventure story featuring nuanced characters in thought-provoking conflicts. Bacigalupi artfully intertwines themes of loyalty, family, friendship, trust and love,' said Printz Award Committee Chair Erin Downey Howerton." (Source: ALA Printz Award press release, 1/10/11)
For more about the book, read Jean Hatfield's review of Ship Breaker.
2011 Michael L. Printz Honor BooksThe following quotations about each of the 2010 Printz Honor Books come from the ALA media release cited above.
- Stolen written by Lucy Christopher (Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2010. ISBN: 9780545170932) Compare prices.
"The rugged Australian outback becomes Gemma's prison after she is drugged and abducted by a handsome, obsessed stranger in a first novel filled with searing imagery and archetypal characters."
- Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 2010. ISBN: 9780375865862) Compare prices.
"Vera Dietz wants to be ignored, but the ghost of her ex-best friend won’t leave her alone in this dark comedy that examines relationships, identity, grief and flowcharts."
- Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Book Press, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, 2010. ISBN: 9781596435926). Compare prices.
"In Sedgwick’s grim, chilling story set in the Arctic Circle, Sig finds his father’s frozen corpse as human predator Wolff arrives seeking retribution and a hidden Gold Rush treasure."
- Nothing by Janne Teller (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2010. ISBN: 9781416985792) Compare prices
"Pierre Anthon’s nihilism causes his classmates to begin a search for life’s meaning in this bold, unsettling parable translated from Danish."