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Col Porpentine understands how society works: The elite families enjoy a comfortable life on the Upper Decks of the great juggernaut Worldshaker, and the Filthies toil Below Decks. Col’s grandfather, the Supreme Commander of Worldshaker, is grooming Col as his successor.

Used to keep Worldshaker moving, Filthies are like animals, unable to understand language or think for themselves. Or so Col believes before he meets Riff, a Filthy girl on the run who is clever and quick. If Riff is telling the truth, then everything Col has been told is a lie. And Col has the power to do something about it—even if it means risking his whole future.

About The Author

Photograph by Aileen Harland

Richard Harland is the author of many fantasy, horror, and science fiction novels for young readers, including Worldshaker, Liberator, the Eddon and Vail series, the Heaven and Earth Trilogy, and the Wolf Kingdom quartet, which won the Aurealis Award. He lives in Australia. Visit him at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 18, 2010)
  • Length: 400 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416995548
  • Grades: 7 and up
  • Ages: 12 - 99
  • Lexile ® 640 The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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"Harland has done a spectacular job of creating an extraordinary, highly original world, multileveled both literally and figuratively...His characters are practically incandescent--vivid, vital, and complex, combining elements of good and evil, and sometimes just deliciously bizarre. His style should appeal to readers of all ages, and he combines adventure, suspense, romance, lunatic comedy, and terror in one glorious package...Worldshaker's exciting, fast-paced plot roars along as unstoppably as...well, as a juggernaut."--Paula Volsky, author of The Grand Ellipse

“I loved Worldshaker! A claustrophobic setting of rivets, iron and steam, rustling silks and stiff collars and even stiffer manners; dark, twisting, bustling, brilliant. I was very, very glum when it came to an end.” --D.M. Cornish, author of Monster Blood Tattoo

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