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The Resource Nick of time, Ted Bell

Nick of time, Ted Bell

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Nick of time
Title
Nick of time
Statement of responsibility
Ted Bell
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Nick McIver is no ordinary boy, fighting pirates, beating Nazis at their own game, and traveling through time
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Review
  • Gr. 5-8 In 1939, Nick McIver finds a sea chest washed up on the island in the English Channel where he lives. Soon after, he and his younger sister run afoul of the menacing pirate Billy Blood, who seems to have stepped right out of the eighteenth century, as well as a group of Nazis patrolling the waters in an experimental U-boat. Inside the chest is a time machine (built, naturally, by Leonardo da Vinci) and a cry for help from another Nick McIver, who was a captain in Lord Nelson's fleet. It's hard to imagine a more fail-safe recipe for a successful middle-grade adventure than pirates, Nazis, and time travel, but the ingredients never quite cohere. Pages are peppered with exclamation points in lieu of earned excitement, and readers may stumbleàthrough the nautical terminology as well as a few inevitable temporal anomalies. There is a wave of publicity in store for this, though, so expect considerable interest for this slightly overengineered but still engaging seafaring and time-skipping adventure. Sequels? Count on it. -- Chipman, Ian (Reviewed 04-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 15, p46)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 6-9 This is an immensely appealing book about 12-year-old Nick McIver, son of a lighthouse owner, who lives on Greybeard Island off the coast of Great Britain in 1939. Opening with a thrilling near-fatal sailboat excursion, the action kicks into high gear when Nick finds a sea chest containing a mysterious glowing globe. Hunted by pirates from the past who seek the globe, a time-travel device, Nick finds himself bouncing back and forth in time fighting exceedingly nasty pirates, Napoleon's naval forces in 1805, and Nazi spies in 1939. Nick is the pluckiest, most likable boy-hero since Robert Lewis Stevenson's David Balfour (Kidnapped ). With great battle scenes; lots of nautical jargon; and themes of courage, integrity, and honor, this book will appeal to restless boys who can never find books written just for them. Three huzzahs and a great big 21-gun salute to Bell for his first novel for kids. Hopefully, it won't be his last. Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK --Jane Henriksen Baird (Reviewed May 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 5, p120)
  • The author of several Ian Fleming–style thrillers for adults reworks his lengthy self-published 2000 debut into a windy, labored and even longer doorstopper. On the eve of World War II, 12-year-old Nick receives an appeal for help from a Napoleonic-era ancestor about to get blown out of the water while trying to get vital information to Lord Nelson. The desperate message comes with a portable time machine, so off Nick hies to 1805, leaving his six-year-old sister paired with a hypercompetent inventor/British Intelligence Officer to capture an experimental Nazi supersubmarine. Linking the twin plotlines is Billy Blood, a vicious pirate with another time machine and a penchant for holding wealthy children from various eras for ransom—aboard, conveniently, the very French warship that is attacking Nick's ancestor. Needless to say, after extended sea battles Blood is foiled (but not killed, so look for sequels), the children rescued, the sub captured and the dispatches delivered, all amid many gaps in logic and massive contrivances. Bell should have left this one in his sea chest. (Fantasy. 11-13) (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
265876
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bell, Ted
Dewey number
JF
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Middle School
  • 950
Intended audience source
Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 9
Reading level
  • 6.3.
  • 7.4.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Nick McIver time adventure
Series volume
0001
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nelson, Horatio Nelson
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Nelson, Horatio Nelson
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Nelson, Horatio Nelson
  • Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815)
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • Boys
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Pirates
  • Kidnapping
  • Rescues
  • Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
  • Pirates
  • Kidnapping
  • Rescues
  • Time travel
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Fantasy
  • Channel Islands
  • Boys
  • Kidnapping
  • Pirates
  • Rescues
  • Great Britain Miscellaneous Island Dependencies
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Nick of time, Ted Bell
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn180753845
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
Extent
x, 434 pages
Isbn
9780312380687
Lccn
2008013634
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)180753845
Label
Nick of time, Ted Bell
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn180753845
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
Extent
x, 434 pages
Isbn
9780312380687
Lccn
2008013634
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)180753845

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