I am SO EXCITED for today’s review! I am reviewing Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford. When I was offered an ARC of this book, I JUMPED at the opportunity because Dean Pitchford wrote a book I LOVED called Captain Nobody. I read Captain Nobody in third grade and the story really stuck with me. It was just an awesome book. When I saw Mr. Pitchford wrote Nickel Bay Nick, I knew I had to read it.
by Dean Pitchford
272 pages – ages 8+
Published by Putnam Juvenile on October 17, 2013
Sam Brattle was not a happy kid. His dad’s business is not working out, his mom left and Sam is pretty much miserable. One night when he was angry at his dad for not telling him that his mom remarried, Sam was out breaking windows at an abandoned warehouse. The police show up but Sam gets away by climbing into the neighbor’s yard. When he fell out of a tree he destroyed Mr. Well’s (the neighbor’s) Christmas decorations and Sam is forced to work to pay them off. Little did Sam know that he is about to be caught up in a seven-year-old secret involving the town’s legendary Christmas do-gooder Nickel Bay Nick who is strangely missing this year. Sam soon learns that the fate of the entire town rests on him.
For as much as I was looking forward to reading this book, I am happy to say, Mr. Pitchford did not disappoint! This is an awesome book! Sam is a great main character. He’s pretty cool and very sneaky. I love how Sam is a bad kid but he’s forced into doing something really good (let’s just say blackmail is involved). I like how Sam’s character changes in the story. The plot is full of action and Mr. Pitchford’s writing style is exciting with just he right amount of details. The book not only has the action and spy stuff a kid like me likes, it also has a great story with characters that I ended up caring about. This is a middle grade Must Read!
To learn more about Mr. Pitchford, Nickel Bay Nick and all the other cool things he does, please visit his website HERE.
So I have to tell you a funny story about this book, and Mr. Pitchford.
This is the conversation I had when I told my mom I get to review Dean Pitchford’s new book:
Mom – “Dean Pitchford, like the guy who made Footloose, Dean Pitchford?”
Me – “Footloose, like the song we had to dance to in our fifth grade May Day celebration?”
Mom – “YES! The song is from the movie Footloose starring Kevin Bacon, which I just LOVE!”
Me – “You mean Kevin Bacon like that Kevin Bacon game?” (a couple of months ago I read a blog post that mentioned six degrees of Kevin Bacon and I had to ask my Dad about it)
Mom – “Yes, that Kevin Bacon and that Dean Pitchford!”
Me – “Cool, I get to be a degree of Kevin Bacon now!”
SO, here goes:
I read and review the books of the guy (Dean Pitchford) who made a movie starring Kevin Bacon. (2 degrees) WOO!