Bacigalupi, P. (2011). Ship Breaker. New York, NY: Hachete Book Group.
Shipbreaker is a Printz boo, science fiction book about a boy named Nailer who tears apart ships. He lives with his alcoholic, drug-addict father who frequently hurts Nailer, and has a platonic relationship (another developmental task) with Pima. After a terrible storm, almost drowning in oil and being betrayed, Nailer and Pima find a wrecked ship where they rescue Nita. Nita ends up being Nailer’s ticket out of his terrible life as he gets a job on a ship that will take her home. This book is another great story of friendship and characters simply living in bad situations and trying to find a way out. I would give this book to ninth or tenth graders for complexity.