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Zombie Baseball Beatdown

By Paolo Bacigalupi (Trade Paperback, 2014)
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $7.00 US/$8.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316220798

    • On Sale Date: 09/23/2014

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of the highly acclaimed The Drowned Cities and the New York Times bestseller Ship Breaker, which was also a Michael L. Printz Award winner and a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of The Windup Girl and Pump Six and Other Stories, and is a Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, John W. Campbell Memorial, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner. He lives in western Colorado with his wife and son.
  • A 2013 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers Book
    A 2013 Association of Booksellers for Children Best Book for Children
    A 2013 Booklist Best Audiobook of the Year
    A 2014 ALSC Notable Children's Recording
    A 2014 YALSA Top Ten Amazing Audiobook

  • Praise for The Drowned Cities:

    "Paolo Bacigalupi combines thrilling action, compelling characters, and a futuristic world so real you could reach out and touch it, and crafts a tale not just for lovers of dystopia, but for everyone. Choice and loyalty collide in this companion to the groundbreaking Ship Breaker, unflinching in its gaze, yet with glimmers of hope shining through."
    (Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series).

  • "Printz-winning Bacigalupi writing a middle-grade zombie novel? Yes, it really happened, and yes, it's pretty darn good....Simultaneously smart, funny, and icky, this book asks a tough question: Is it worth looking the other way in order to save yourself?"

  • "Set in the you-bet-it-could-happen near-future, The Drowned Cities is a brilliantly rendered, harrowing story of war and survival, loyalty and friendship, and the choices we must make now to avert the looming disaster so starkly and beautifully portrayed in this novel. Paolo Bacigalupi is emerging as a major voice in young-adult literature. A stunning, breathtaking read." (Rick Yancey, Michael L. Printz Honor author of The  Monstrumologist ).

  • "A high-energy, high-humor look at the zombie apocalypse....a signal alert to young teens to think about what they eat....sure to be appreciated by middle school zombie cognoscenti." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "The Drowned Cities is a brutal, vivid vision of a future where oil is over but war is not. As always, Bacigalupi's characters feel every bit as real as the world they're trying desperately to survive in." (Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians and The Magician King).

  • "Defies the expectations of the comedy-horror genre, turning this zombie novel into an effective bit of social commentary while staying true to the story's grisly and goofy roots....Casual readers will have a blast, and those who look deeper will learn something, too." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "Paolo Bacigalupi writes with haunting power. The Drowned Cities is YA at its best-compelling and irresistible. A must-read!" (Ann Aguirre, bestselling author of Enclave).

  • "It's a testament to the author's skill that [the characters] express values of courage, friendship, and integrity as naturally as they toss off hilarious observations....[A] fast-paced home run." (School Library Journal).

  • Praise for Ship Breaker:

    2011 Michael L. Printz Award Winner
    2010 National Book Award Finalist
    The Washington Post Best of 2012: Books for Young Readers 2010 Top 10 books for Teens--Editors' Picks
    2011 Green Earth Book Award Young Adult Fiction Honor Book
    2011 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
    2010 Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books
    VOYA Top Shelf Fiction 2010
    2011 ALSC Notable Children's Books

  • "[Introduces] reluctant readers to activism through literature.... a dark comedy with a bit of heart." (The Bulletin).

  • * "Bacigalupi skillfully integrates his world building into the compelling narrative, threading the backstory into the pulsing action.... Vivid, brutal, and thematically rich, this captivating title is sure to win teen fans for the award-winning Bacigalupi." (Booklist, starred review).

  • "Batting comes in handy beating down zombies....Will appeal to reluctant readers." (Library Media Connection).

  • * "At its core, the novel is an exploration of Nailer's discovers of the nature of the world around him and his ability to transcend that world's expectations." (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

  • Praise for The Drowned Cities:
    A 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best of YA Book
    A 2012 VOYA Perfect Ten Book
    A 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
    A 2012 Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen Book
    A 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
    A 2013 CBC at Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year Book
    A 2013 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens Book
    A Junior Library Guild Selection

  • * "This thriller will grab and keep readers' attentions as Nailer and Nita 'crew up' in their fight to survive." (The Horn Book, starred review).

  • * "Beautifully written, filled with high-octane action, and featuring badly damaged but fascinating and endearing characters, this fine novel tops its predecessor and can only increase the author's already strong reputation."
    (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

  • "In Bacigalupi's defiled, depressing landscape populated by mercenary humans and mechanical dog-men, Nailer's loyalty offers hope. Told in the third person, this stark, surreal story sends an alarm to heed the warning signs of climate change or suffer a similar fate." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • * "The novel's greatest success lies in the creation of a world that is so real, the grit and decay of war and ruin will lay thick on the minds of readers long after the final page. The narrative, however, is equally well crafted.... Breathtaking."
    (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

  • "Librarians should definitely add this book to science fiction collections. Teens will not be disappointed." (VOYA).

  • * "Bacigalupi writes with a furious energy that makes this brilliant depiction of an all-too-believable future impossible to forget. A story that will resonate beyond its final page." (Booklist, starred review).

  • "With an interesting mix of fact and fantasy, this title offers excellent potential for conversations on international child welfare issues." (School Library Journal).

  • * "Bacigalupi's intense, action-filled novel is a heartbreaking and powerfully moving portrait of individual resiliency amidst extreme circumstances that rivals, if not surpasses, the excellence of its predecessor." (The Horn Book, starred review).

  • "This gritty, tautly paced novel will rivet readers eager to learn both the fate of the young ship breaker and the reason for the world's grim collapse. Memorable characters add pith and spirit." (The Washington Post).

  • * "Bacigalupi brings to life a post-apocalyptic America that thrills the mind." (VOYA, starred review).

  • "Exciting, poetic, and breathtaking." (Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian ).

  • "With an interesting mix of fact and fantasy, this title offers excellent potential for conversations on international child welfare issues." (Erin Downey Howerton, Michael L. Printz Award committee chair  ).


Product Details

Zombie Baseball Beatdown
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $7.00 US/$8.00 CAN
  • Pages: 304
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 7-5/8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316220798
  • On Sale Date: 09/23/2014
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