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Nick of Time

Awards: Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List

Recommendations: Booklist; Horn Book; Kirkus Reviews; School Library Journal; VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

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Outstanding Reviews from Children & Adults!

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for NICK OF TIME from students, teachers, librarians, and more!

"In a barnburner of an adventure novel (originally published in 2000), Bell, with more than a nod to Frank and Joe Hardy and Tom Swift, takes readers back to 1939, when villains were truly evil and heroic lads were willing to risk all for king and country... We’ve got chapter cliffhangers, machines and weapons galore, sailing, spying, and pure adventure. Ahoy! Summer reading ahead!" -Horn Book Magazine

“Nick of Time mixes a sense of honor with a story your son will not be able to put down. I know it’s for teenagers but I read it cover to cover and it is FANTASTIC. I can’t wait for my son to read it…Thank you for writing something where boys can be boys….really a tremendous book…it’s about values and virtues and spirit of adventure and sticking up for your little sister…..” -Glenn Beck from the Glenn Beck Show

This old-fashioned adventure adds a new twist to elements of Treasure Island, Horatio Hornblower, and Indiana Jones …  Every middle school boy (and many girls, too) will relish joining Nick on his heroic adventures.  Charming and thrilling, this book could become a classic with its good, clean, swashbuckling fun.” —Voice of Youth Advocates, June 2008

"An immensely appealing book...  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." —School Library Journal, Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK 

“Pirates, the ocean, time travel, and even a bit of history! How could you not want to read it? The book kept me wanting more… I would greatly suggest this book for those that love a bit of time travel and pirates!”   —Megan, 15-YALSA Award Committee Member
“I just got back from vacation and NICK OF TIME  was on top of my pile.  I loved it!  It was truly a combination of all the great adventure books that I've read.  I know that it will be a great sell to boys, but there will be an awful lot of girls (like me!) who will not be able to put it down. Can't wait for a sequel.” —Judy Hobbs, Children's Buyer, Third Place Books

"Nick is the old-fashioned kind of hero, adept at all those skills taught in the Dangerous Book for Boys, while being worried about causing his mother concern.  This book is sure to captivate those seeking a crackling good adventure story and would be a great family read-aloud too."   —Anitra T. Steele, Children's Specialist

Wow! Some books sweep you away. Ted Bell's NICK OF TIME amazed me, dazzled me, and swept my imagination off to sea… The last line of the story gave me hope for many more sequels. Please, Mr. Bell, may I have some more?... Middle school students are going to be so hooked by this book… I've been craving an adventure story with a good mystery and this arrived in the nick of time to rescue me.”  —Diane R. Chen, blogger for SchoolLibraryJournal.com & Library  Information Specialist

"NICK OF TIME is a blast - the best of Robert Louis Stevenson, Horatio Hornblower and Harry Potter. The kid in me loved it, and so did the adult." —James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of the young adult  series Maximum Ride

"A brilliant adventure, hidden within a rolling saga, tucked inside an intriguing mystery.  That's NICK OF TIME.  Ted Bell proves that he's the master of swashbuckling for both young and old."   —Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling author of The Amber Room

“I loved NICK OF TIME!...  The time travel was very cool, especially how the author tied it to historical events (which love to read about).  I had a hard time putting the book down, even when I had homework.  I read at breakfast, and tried to read at dinner, but my mom made me stop...   Awesome book, can't wait for the sequel!” —Grant, 12

 “I really like this book... The whole pirate thing really appeals to me... and especially all the 'secret weapons' and such... are very appealing." —Henry, 13

“It’s hard to explain how much I loved this book. If you can read, read this book! If you can’t read, have someone read it to you!... I love Harry Potter but this book makes Harry Potter seem like a tale that isn’t very exciting... I do have one request though: make a sequel! It would be awesome to see another adventure of Nick and his friends and family! Blood can’t just wander around time forever! I want to read about Blood getting what he deserves." —Whit, 14

“It was almost impossible to put the book down…and I am anxiously awaiting Ted Bell’s second novel.” —Brian,14

 ‘I was always itching for what’s next…” —Zakory, 14

In my lifetime, I have had three books that I have never wanted to end... but the best of all is NICK OF TIME. I have to say that “Nick of Time” was a thrilling, never ceasing, ever changing, three-hundred-and-seventy-five pages of sheer, unrelenting wonderment and enjoyment that I will never forget... The best book I have ever read.”  —David, 12

“As soon as I picked up NICK OF TIME, it kept me on my toes until the very end.  I couldn’t put it down!... It was a true adventure novel with a little twist... He was a very realistic character and I found a lot to look up to in the courage and energy he brought to situations."  —Jason,15