Icebreaker (The Icebreaker Trilogy)
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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.
wrinkled her nose. “I can’t see how…” “… honorary…” “… mmm. Possible…” They turned and inspected Petrel with sharp eyes. Despite what she had said, Petrel did want to try again, if she could only do it without risking her life. After all, the boy wasn’t a part of the crew any more than she was. Maybe he would be her friend, if she could just talk to him. At last the rats came to an agreement. Missus Slink was not entirely happy, but she seemed resigned. “Girl,” she said, before Mister Smoke
away before Dolph knew what was happening. Petrel couldn’t help herself. She climbed to her feet and shouted, as she had longed to shout so many times before, “Ha! You’re stupid, Dolph! Fancy falling for a little trick like that! A baby could get away from you!” And she waggled her tongue in triumph. Dolph’s eyes were black with rage. She advanced on them, knife in hand, and they quickly backed away. “’Twasn’t true what Petrel said,” shouted Squid. “Fin didn’t kill your mam. Neither did she.”
immediately what it meant. Machines. The plan had worked. He was on the ship. He rolled his head to one side, to make sure he was alone. A sly smile touched his lips. “Send a boy,” he whispered. “They will never suspect a boy.” Then he closed his eyes and fell back into unconsciousness. * * * By the end of the day, the Oyster was awash with rumors. No one knew where the stranger had come from, but everyone had an opinion. Braid folk said that he must have stepped out of the mouth of a
He was searching for scraps of metal—metal that’d be covered in weeds by now and colonized by barnacles, so that it looked no different from the rocks around it. But it was here somewhere, seventy-five feet below the surface of the sea, and he was determined to find it. “Two degrees down bubble,” he murmured. “Two degrees down. Aye, sir!” cried eleven-year-old Gilly, and she turned the brass wheels that tilted the little submersible’s diving planes. In the bow, eight-year-old Poddy’s hands
what’s happening.” But before Petrel could begin, the telegraph key began to move by itself, clicking out a message in general ship code. At first, Petrel thought it must be a joke. She looked at Krill and he was obviously thinking the same thing. But then his smile died. Because Third Officer Dolph would never joke about something as serious as— “Mutiny!” whispered Petrel. The word tasted so foul in her mouth that she could hardly continue. But Fin didn’t understand general ship code, not