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The Drowned Cities (1:23)
The Drowned Cities cover.jpg
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi


Series: Ship Breaker
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0316056243
ASIN: 0316056243
Date Published: May 2012
Elements: Directive, Narrator, Praise, Series, Sound Effect, Special Effect, Video - Custom and Stock
Target Audience: Grade 9+

This trailer grabs you from the first sentence. Love the opener! Uses plot line building to the challenge then finish with the directive showing both books in the series and the website.

LEAD Analysis

Lead "All us warm maggots have heard the old stories." Referring to us as warm maggots certainly demands your attention to hear more. LEAD Timing Stopwatch.png
Excite [interest] Describe then and now. Good use of praise between sections.
Amaze [hook] "That is, if it doesn't kill me first." Great premise.
Direct [directive] Book two in the series. Show both covers and website.

Trailer Arc

Ordinary.jpg Challenge.jpg Character.jpg Directive.jpg

Publisher Intro

This thrilling companion to Paolo Bacigalupi's Michael L. Printz Award winner Ship Breaker is a haunting and powerful story of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure. In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man--a bioengineered war beast named Tool--who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses. One is taken prisoner by merciless soldier boys, and the other is faced with an impossible decision: Risk everything to save a friend, or flee to a place where freedom might finally be possible.