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Twelve year old Petrel is an outcast, the lowest of the low on an ancient icebreaker that has been following the same course for three hundred years. In that time, the ship's crew has forgotten its original purpose and broken into three warring tribes, the Cooks, the Officers and the Engineers. Everyone has a tribe except Petrel, whose parents committed such a terrible crime that they were thrown overboard, and their daughter ostracised. But Petrel is a survivor. She lives in the dark corners of the ship, trusting no one, speaking to no one except two large grey rats, Mister Smoke and Missus Slink. That is, until a boy is discovered, frozen on an iceberg, and brought onto the ship. No one knows where he has come from, and when he recovers consciousness he claims to have forgotten even his name. The tribes don't trust strangers; they haven't seen one for three hundred years. But Petrel saves him and hides him away in the forgotten corners of the ship, hoping he will be her friend. What she doesn't know is that for the last three hundred years, the ship has been guarding a secret. A secret that could change the world. A secret that the boy has been sent to destroy, along with the ship and everyone on it.
Publisher: [United States] : Feiwel & Friends, 2015
ISBN: 9781250080172
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mar 30, 2018

An interesting book. The ideas introduced to the reader are truly fascinating.

Jul 27, 2016

This is a great example of a children's book that can be enjoyed by all ages of readers. Icebreaker is the original function of the ship, <i>Oyster,</i> sent out to the southern seas during an anti-machine craze. Three hundred years later, the <i>Oyster</i> is still at sea and its crew has developed into three tribes in relation to their jobs and workplaces on board: Braid (officers), Grease (engineers), and Duff (cooks). Only 12-year-old Petrel, the Nothing Girl, has no tribe on the ship, and spends hers days, and nights, dodging bullies, scrounging for food, and mastering her particular art of hiding and appearing dull and stupid so she won't be noticed. Petrel's only friends are 2 curiously long-lived rats named Mister Smoke and Missus Slink, until one day Petrel spots a boy on a berg. With the newcomer on board, tensions and accusations rise, culminating in a world-changing climax. Truths are revealed, the sleeping captain is awakened, and the Nothing Girl reclaims her rightful name.


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