Review! Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford

18 Nov

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 JUMPEDcaptain 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.

nickelNickel Bay Nick

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!

This is one of those books I wish I could give more than five bookworms to, but my system only goes to five! Five out of five for Nickel Bay Nick! fivebooks

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!

Cover of "Footloose (Special Collector's ...

Cover of Footloose (Special Collector’s Edition)

46 Responses to “Review! Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford”

  1. ruthz621 November 18, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Erik, great review. That’s great that you were given the ARC from an author you previously read and admired. Also, I think it’s wonderful that your writing continues to open up not only a world of books but fun and interesting topics for discussion.
    I went to high school with the guy who plays keyboard in the Bacon Brothers Band-Yes, as in Kevin Bacon. So, I too, am 2 degrees of Kevin Bacon! 🙂 I also saw the performer, Kenny Loggins, in concert. He wrote and sang Footloose title song. 🙂 Keep up the great review site.
    All the best,


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Hi Ms. Z! YAY! We can be 2 degrees together! Wooo! Mr. Pitchford is a great author (though, he doesn’t write as good a dog story as you! 😀 )!


  2. Catherine Johnson November 18, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    I loved Footloose and that is a most fun story, Erik. I fancy reading that myself. Hooray!


  3. Patricia Tilton November 18, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Sounds like great realistic fiction. Like it that the boy is troubled and has a change of heart. Great middle grade book — especially if you think it deserves six stars. That’s interesting that Pitchford is writing MG novels. Kind of like the actor Henry Winkler writing books for kids with SCBWI found Lyn Oliver.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      Mr. Pitchford writes great books, Ms. Tilton! They have everything a good book can have – plot, excitement, the MC is changed from beginning to end, etc.! 😀


  4. stanleyandkatrina November 18, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    The book sounds great. Especially if you think it deserves more then 5 bookworms! Okay… I don’t think this counts but I want to play…
    Our favorite Sandra Boynton book is “Philadelphia Chickens” (with the CD). The Bacon Brothers sing a song (or is it two?) on that CD. Yeah, Kevin Bacon.
    I’m with your mother, I love that movie. I feel like I’m in junior high school again when I think about it.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

      Heeheehee! I don’t know if it counts, but sure! How many degrees is that? ❓


      • stanleyandkatrina November 19, 2013 at 8:30 am #

        I’ll claim two. 🙂 I’m sneaky like that. 😉
        ~Cool Mom


      • thiskidreviewsbooks November 20, 2013 at 8:41 pm #



  5. Lynn A. Davidson November 18, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    This book you talk about seems like one I would enjoy reading since I like MG and YA books, they’re fun and interesting, although they are not the only genres I read .. as you know. 🙂

    I love dance movies! Footloose … Kevin Bacon … was amazing!


  6. julie rowan zoch November 18, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    More than 5, huh! Whew! I enjoyed that movie back in the day too!


  7. salarsen November 18, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    Footloose – sweet! Just hopping over from Robyn’s site. can’t believe I’ve never been here. Glad I found you. Have a nice day!


  8. ontheplumtree November 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Great review, Erik. Seems like you really enjoyed this one. Usually, if something is long anticipated (like Erm Christmas) it’s a let-down.


  9. KidLitReviews November 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Nice review, Erik. I remember Footloose, but don’t have the excitement your mother has. 😦 I do think the book sounds great. I am more interested in the one that has stuck with you, Captain Nobody. I’ll have to check out both of these.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

      I haven’t seen Footloose yet, so I can’t give my 2 cents (plus, I wouldn’t give you $0.02 anyway… I like my money! 😉 ). Captain Nobody was a good book!


  10. Joanna November 18, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    After your book review, I want to watch the movie now. You find some cool reads that I wouldn’t find by myself.


  11. Genevieve Petrillo November 18, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Two degrees from Kevin Bacon! Wow! Plus that makes me 3 degrees! Unless I have to count Mom…..

    Love and licks,


  12. Michelle Isenhoff November 18, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    I love a book with a dynamic MC. Wow! Kevin looks so young! I guess I did back then, too. 🙂


  13. Marci Liroff November 18, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    Such a great book! Dean Pitchford is an amazing writer. I am the casting director for Footloose so I’m also “one degree”! I love your site EriK


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

      That is so cool!!! Thank you for commenting on my blog! Please stop by again! 🙂


  14. Darlene November 19, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Wow! You are 2 degress from Kevin Bacon. That is so cool. You certainly are excited about this book. I love that when someone is very excited about a book. Great review as always.


  15. Dean Pitchford November 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Thanks, Erik, for giving NICKEL BAY NICK 5- count ’em 5! – Bookworms! And, as Genevieve above noted, now everyone connected to YOU can automatically boast of being Three Degrees of Kevin Bacon!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

      Thank YOU for writing such an awesome book (not that Captain Nobody isn’t awesome – I still remember the story-line CLEARLY. That MUST be awesomeness, since I read it in 3rd grade (I’m in 6th now)!), Mr. Pitchford, AND for taking the time to comment on my blog! Thank you! 😀


  16. readingwithrhythm November 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Well, and now I’m connected to Mr Bacon too! Yum! Someone I like to be connected to! It’s fun when you get so excited about a book. Thanks for sharing.


  17. writersideup November 21, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    Wait a minute, Erik! You’ve never given 6 bookworms? I could’ve sworn…hmmm…maybe? Yeah, it was probably—-SUE! LOL!!!!!!!!!!! Muwahahahahaaaaaaaa 😉


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 21, 2013 at 7:28 am #

      I once gave 7 bookworms, so there! Now, whose side are you on? Guessing from your name, mine (after all, I AM a writer), but from your action, Ms. Morris’! I am SO confused!!! 😡


      • writersideup November 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

        hehehe…I’m Norway—I don’t take sides! (Actually, enjoying fueling the friendly banter! Muwahahaaaa *snort*)


      • thiskidreviewsbooks November 27, 2013 at 9:18 am #

        I’m half Russian (birth-dad (I’m adopted) came straight from Russia to Ohio where I was born (I live inn PA now)) and half ? because my birth-mom was adopted and she doesn’t know her heritage.). I say I am half Norwegian because of my name-spelling and because I like Vikings. 🙂 I also like seasonal beauty. 🙂


      • thiskidreviewsbooks November 27, 2013 at 9:20 am #

        Wait. You-you FIEND! But you laughed wrong. It’s: MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! *gag/choke* 😉


      • writersideup November 28, 2013 at 2:24 am #

        IF you really want to know how to laugh, learn from THE expert: Vordak the Incomprehensible 😉 😀


      • thiskidreviewsbooks November 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

        MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!” right? I love Vordak’s books (he has even EMAILED me! WOOO!!!)! 😀 MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 😈


      • writersideup November 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

        I love Vordak, too 😀 He’s a really nice guy, I think, and a couple of years ago we had a bunch of emails going back and forth. It was his editor that made me aware of him, actually. I hadn’t picked up one of his books ’til I learned she worked with him. It made me more curious. Once I did, I found his humor hilarious! 😀 I love that he posts AS Vordak 😀


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

        He would kill you/put you in a vat of boiling yogurt for calling him nice. 😈


      • writersideup December 4, 2013 at 12:34 am #

        Oh, my…OH, MY! Me and my BIIIIIG mouth! I wasn’t supposed to reveal that. But then again, hmmmm…now that I think about this…revealing his weakness *rubs chin, stares off into the abyss* Hmmmm…yeeeess…that could work! I’ve just discovered how I can defeat him! That’s it! And before long…I will rule the wooooooooooorld! Muwahahahaaaa!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2013 at 7:07 am #

        Oh no…


  18. Myra GB January 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    The book covers looked great, but I was distracted by the youngish-look of Kevin Bacon! Haha. We just had an X-men marathon during the holidays, and he was in X-Men the beginning or something like that. Very interesting. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 11, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      I haven’t seen any X-Men movies yet. I want to watch all of the Marvel and DC movies at some point, though. 😆


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