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Monday, April 9, 2012

The Drowned Cities

Young Adult Fiction

VG/A Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Drowned Cities. Little, Brown, 2012. 439p. 978-0-316-05624-3. 17.99.

Friends, Mahlia and Mouse are war maggots (or orphans), trying to survive in a harsh world full of fighting warlords. When Mouse is captured and forced to join the army, Mahlia teams up with Tool, a genetically engineered half-human, half-dog to try to rescue him. Great story about survival, friendship and loyalty with a ton of action too. It’s the companion book to the 2010 Printz award winner, Ship Breaker, but definitely stands alone. Loren Spector, LAPL, Felipe de Neve

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