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Nick of Time

Wow! Some books sweep you away. Ted Bell’s Nick of TimeNick of Time amazed me, dazzled me, and swept my imagination off to sea. The interweaving of pirate adventures at sea with the threat of German U-boats pre-WWII was accomplished so skillfully that I yearned to join them traveling through time. Ted Bell’s descriptions were so vivid, I could picture every scene in full-color. 

With the exciting action scenes,  I ignored the outside world to focus on this incredible tale. The history was so enticing, I found myself pouring through WWII texts on England’s preparations for war, Churchill’s struggles, and maps of the islands. I wanted to experience sailing and its dangers as Nick was able to do. Curse my landlocked childhood! 

I curled up with this book last weekend while battling the flu, but even the flu couldn’t keep me away from the pages of this story. I was compelled to keep reading until past midnight. The last line of the story gave me hope for many more sequels. Please, Mr. Bell, may I have some more? I know you have written books for adults, but this title was truly amazing and I want to experience it again. Someone will be snatching up the rights to make this into a film soon!  Give us hope that the sequel is on it’s way.

The message of heroism in Nick of Time has clung to me this week. I keep reviewing scenes and conversations from the story. Who are my heroes? What if I could travel through time to meet them? Would I have anything to offer them? Are there small roles in history that we could play that would impact others? How many of us could act as well as seven-year old Kate? Also, what has become of the villain Billy Blood? Where will he strike next?

Middle school students are going to be so hooked by this book. Perhaps I should change to being a MS librarian just so I can help boys in particular find this book. Don’t worry girls, you’ll love this as much as I did and there is plenty to ponder after you’re finished reading. Just don’t think you can read only one chapter before breakfast. I tried and glanced up 80 pages later to wonder what had happened and where I’d been. 

I’ve been craving an adventure story with a good mystery and this arrived in the nick of time to rescue me. Nick of Time will be released in May, 2008, but I can send out some Advanced Reading Copies now to the first ten people to email me. Let’s hope it’s you because everyone wants to be one of the first to read the next great book for kids. 

I’m off to pester the publisher and author for more information.
St. Martin’s Press /St. Martin’s Griffin
Pub Date: 05/2008
ISBN: 0-312-38068-2
448 pages
Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4
$17.95 Hardcover