Winner of the 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature. Winner of the LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, 2008 .
Recipient of a 2009 Michael L. Printz Honor Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.
The Independent’s Children’s Book of 2008

UK hbk: Doubleday Young Books With illustrations by Jonny Duddle [not in the US edition], 11 September 2008 (978-0-385-61370-5)
Limited edition of 275 signed copies – the ‘Special Numbered Collectors’ Edition’, bound in a grey metallic flecked cloth with a special design on the front cover, a grey silken bookmark, and photographic end-papers, the front with ‘the Cepheus region including the Pole Star, Northern hemisphere’, and the back with ‘Alpha and Beta Centauri, also four stars forming the constellation of the Southern Cross, Southern hemisphere’. To both of the paste-down end-papers a hermit crab drawn by Johnny Duddle has been added. (978-0-385-61643-0)
‘Waterstones’ Exclusive Limited Edition’ with black jacket, 5,000 numbered copies (978-0-385-61636-2)
Proofs: 120 copies
Trade pbk: Doubleday, 11 September 2008 (978-0-385-61371-2)
Waterstones black cover trade paperback edition, 10,000 copies 4/ June 2009 (for Fathers’ Day) (978-0-385-61712-3)
Pbk. Corgi, 8 October 2009 (978-0-552-55780-1) (B-format: 978-0-552-55779-5)
Special National Theatre poster cover design: Corgi, 26 November 2009 (978-0-552-56194-5)
Black/gold cover: Corgi, 2012 (978-0-552-16237-1)
Large print: ISIS Large Print, 2009 (Hbk 978-0-7531-8432-5; Pbk 978-0-7531-8433-2)

 US hbk: HarperCollins, 22 September 2008 (978-0-06-143301-6; library edn. 978-0-06-143302-3)
Proofs: c. 3,000 copies
Trade pbk: Harper, 1 October 2009 (978-0-06-143303-0)
Library hbk for Pbk: Turtleback 1 October 2009 (978-0-606-12236-8)

Bulgarian: Haųия, trs. Katia Ancheva, Arkhont-Vood, December 2012 (978-954-422-100-3)

Czech: Národ, trs. Jan Kantörek, Talpress, 2010 (978-80-7197-375-1)

Dutch: Volk, trs. Venugopalan Ittekot, Meulenhoff, 2014 (978-90-225-6054-9)

Finnish: Valtio, trs. Mika Kivimäki, Karisto, June 2009 (978-951-23-5151-0)

French: Nation, trs. Patrick Couton, L’Atalante, May 2010 (978-2-84172-506-9)

German: Eine Insel, trs. ‘Peder Brehnkmann’ (pseud. of Bernhard Kempen), Manhattan, 2009 (978-3-442-54655-8)
Young hbk: CBT-Verlag, 2009 (978-3-570-13726-0)

Hebrew: א׀מה, trs. Yonatan Bar, Kidmat Eden, 15 September 2009 (317-13)
            Winner of the 2010 Geffen Award for the Best Translated Fantasy Book

Korean: Sigongsa, 2010 (978-89-527-5867-5)

Polish: Nacja, trs. Jerzy Kozłowski, Rebis, 2009 (978-83-7510-367-0) new printing 2014

Portuguese: Saida de Emergencia, November 2010

Russian: Eksmo [trs. ?? Tania Samsonova

Spanish: Nación, trs. Miquel Antón, Timun Mas (Scyla), May 2010 (978-84-480-3838-0)

Turkish: Ulus, trs. Niran Elçi, Tudem, 2009 (978-9944-69-381-3)

Background illustration © and by courtesy of  Jonny Duddle