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Twelve-year-old Petrel is an outcast, living on an ancient icebreaker that has been following the same ocean course for three hundred years. The ship's crew has forgotten its original purpose and has broken into three warring tribes. Everyone has a tribe except Petrel, whose parents were thrown overboard for alleged crimes. She has survived by living in the dark corners of the ship, and speaking to no one except two large rats, Mister Smoke and Mrs. Slink.

When a boy is discovered on a frozen iceberg, the crew is immediately on alert. Petrel hides him on board, hoping he'll be her friend. What she doesn't know is that the ship guards a secret, held down deep in its belly, and the boy has been sent to seek and destroy it.

Icebreaker by Lian Tanner is a lush fantasy and thrilling adventure story, with an unforgettable friendship at its heart.

Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2016.
ISBN: 9781250079855
Branch Call Number: J FIC Tanne
Characteristics: 266 pages ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Tanner, Lian Ice breaker.


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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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Jul 27, 2016

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