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  1. Knew it! You deserve this award not only for the work itself, but for being the only YA author to honestly articulate to the NYT why dystopic YA fiction has become explosively popular.

    Kids cannot trust adults’ lulling lies and inaction on climate change and mass extinctions. I build and run reading rooms at Chicago-area after-school sites, which function as free bookstores and a locus for discussion groups. We’ll shelve you in Science Fiction, but booktalk you with Elizabeth Kolbert.

    Thank you for the great writing, and for spreading truth.

  2. You deserve it, Paolo. Congratulations!

  3. Congratulations, buddy!

    So when do we get the next one? Griffin’s 9th Grade English class is quickly repersuading him that reading is boring. (A Separate Peace? Really?)

  4. Hooray! I work in a public library with teens and Ship Breaker is a favourite. Congratulations!

  5. Allow me to offer my sincere congratulations! I just finished the book mere hours ago and couldn’t agree more that it is an award-worthy effort. You’ve written a book that both young and old can enjoy on multiple levels. It never once talks down to the young person yet also never felt like I was reading a book written only for the young adult, if that makes any sense. This one is special.

  6. Though I have all three books, it’s the Pump Six collection I can’t stop talking about the most! I’m really hoping that you’ll do a book signing in the San Francisco Bay Area so I can have my newly purchased copy of “Ship Breaker” signed!!

  7. Congratulations!

    By the way: I picked up a copy of “The Windup Girl” some weeks ago and loved that book. I’m living in Germany and I think I will get the German translation as well, when it hits store shelves in February. I’m already harassing everyone I know that they have to buy that book. ;o)

    It’s a pity though that the German publisher opted for such a poor title. “Biokrieg” translates to “Biowar”, which sounds a bit campy in my opinion. When I think that when I spontaneously grabbed a copy of your book it was due in no small part to the catchy English title that aroused my curiosity.

    Best regards and keep up the good work!

  8. I’m writing a research paper on your book, Ship Breaker. I’m supposed to defend it as the next great American novel. Hope I do it justice. Good writing. As a seventeen year old, I enjoyed it.Even though the demographic for it is middle school aged, I found it to have an very gripping plotline.
    Don’t worry-I’ll credit all the sources in my citations.

  9. Paolo – I have just finished “Ship Breaker” and echo all the above comments. I am chronologically an adult but didn’t find the book in any way unsuited to a grown-up readership. I must ask if the story was partly inspired by Alang in Gujarat where shipbreaking is the major industry.

    I came across you first on Mur Lafferty’s excellent podcast/website “I should be writing”. So a shout out to her for leading me to you. I look forward with anticipation to reading your other works and you can bet as an aspiring writer myself I shall be re-reading and analyzing them to see what makes them so d*mn good.

    Congratulations again on both the writing and your well-deserved awards and recognition.

  10. Picked it up in the library recently– noticed the medal on the cover for winning the award, very cool. I’m more than halfway through and enjoying it profusely, despite being well beyond Young Adulthood. I’m actually kind of surprised at the amount of violence in a book marketed to young adults — I’m wondering on what the parameters are for something qualifying as “young adult.” How much is too much? I mean, compared to “The Windup Girl” it is a book about cuddly kitten colonies, but I was still surprised.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving it, and not criticizing at all, it just got me to thinking about what really makes YA fiction.

  11. Congratulations! My librarian recommended “Ship Breaker” to me in June. I couldn’t put it down, and ordered copies to use in literature circles with my tenth grade students. I look forward to sharing it with them!

  12. I just started reading Ship Breaker this morning, and I’m about 3/4 of the way through already! I had to pry myself away from it so it wouldn’t be over too soon…
    It’s thoroughly enjoyable. I’m 38 and picked it up on Cory Doctorow’s recommendation on boingboing. I’m gonna give copies to all of the young people in my life as well! Thanks for the intelligent and gripping story.

  13. SHIP BREAKER — a hard-nosed re-imagining of Robert A. Heinlein’s CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY for our time.

    I usually pass on young adult science fiction — preachy eco-wackos who confuse science with fantasy more often than not — so I almost didn’t try it. But now I’m glad I did — it’s a really good advenutre story. The ship breaking process is almost what goes on today in Bangladesh; the rest is a real, fully-imagined world. But it’s his ability to create characters, real fleah and blood (not sure what kind of DNA) characters that makes this great reading.


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