Nick of Time

Nick McIver Adventures Through Time (Volume 1)

Ted Bell

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The setting is England, 1939, on the eve of war. Nick and his sister, Kate, begin gathering vital information for Winston Churchill as he tries to warn England of the imminent Nazi invasion. But the Nazis become the least of Nick’s problems after he discovers a time machine hidden in a cove. Unfortunately, the evil pirate Captain Billy Blood, who travels through time capturing little children and holding them for ransom, will stop at nothing to possess the priceless machine. With the help of Lord Hawke, whose children have been taken by Blood, Nick must fight the ruthless pirate on land and sea in two different centuries in a desperate attempt to save his home and his family from being utterly destroyed.

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CHAPTER I
The Jaws of Gravestone Rock • 3 June 1939 •
off greybeard island
Hard a’lee, me boys!” shouted Nick McIver over the wind, “or be smashed to smithereens in the jaws of Gravestone Rock!”
The dog Jip barked his loud agreement.
Nick, at the helm of his small sloop, Stormy Petrel, that af­ternoon, was almost at the end of his .rst day-long voyage around Greybeard Island. He was hard on the wind, making a good seven knots as he tacked homeward. Just now, he was approaching the treacherous reefs that guarded the entrance to Lighthouse

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt of Ted Bell's children's book Nick of Time, narrated by John Shea. Nick of Time is an epic adventure story starring young Nick McIver, who uses a time machine to rescue two young children taken prisoner by pirates. Along the way, with courageous feats of derring-do, not to mention his resourcefulness, our young hero—"the most reliable boy in England"—changes the course of events in two time periods, the Napoleonic Wars and World War II.

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Nick of Time is an American Classic.”  —Glenn Beck

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

Nick of Time takes young readers on a thrilling historical voyage . . . definitely not for the faint of heart.”—Los Angeles Times

“An immensely appealing book. Three huzzahs and a great big 21-gun salute to Bell for his first novel for kids.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“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

“Bell’s narrative never lacks for excitement . . . for younger readers . . . this book will become an instant classic.”—KLIATT

“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

“In an adventure many times his size, Nick travels time to defeat both Napoleon’s plot and a secret experimental Nazi submarine in this vibrant and enchanting book.”—Jordan Weisman, co-author of the New York Times bestselling Cathy’s Book

“Wow! Some books sweep you away. Nick of Time amazed me, dazzled me, and swept my imagination off to sea. . . . I’ve been craving an adventure story with a good mystery, and this arrived in the nick of time to rescue me.”—SchoolLibraryJournal.com

Nick of Time is one heck of an adventure! Filled with colorful characters, non-stop action, scary pirates, nasty Nazis, technically advanced submarines, rousing old-time sailing ships, thrilling battle scenes, heart-pounding sea voyages and nail-biting espionage, this story has it all. . . . If you are looking for a thrill and a new hero, this is it.”—TeenReads.com

Nick of Time reminded me of Brian Jacques, one of my favorite authors. Everything clicks together perfectly . . . I really like the era and technology of World War II, especially the ‘secret weapons’ . . . the whole pirate thing really appeals to me . . . The time travel idea is cool, and what’s even better is that da Vinci created it!”—Henry Willshire, age 13

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Ted Bell

Ted Bell is the New York Times bestselling author of Nick of Time and The Time Pirate, as well as the bestselling Alexander Hawke series. For many years he was a leading talent in advertising, and won numerous Clios and Cannes Gold Lions and the Cannes Grand Prix. He began his advertising career as a copy-writer at Doyle Dane Bernbach in the 1970s. In 1991, he joined Young&Rubicam, one of the world's largest advertising agencies, as Vice-Chairman of the board and World-Wide Creative Director. Bell retired from advertising in 2001 to write full-time. He lives in Florida and Colorado.

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Square Fish
September 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312581435
ISBN10: 0312581432
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 464 pages, Includes black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 950LL

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Macmillan Audio
Macmillan Young Listeners
May 2008
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427204660
ISBN10: 1427204667
AudioAudio Run Time: 11:30
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$29.95

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Macmillan Audio
Macmillan Young Listeners
May 2008
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427204677
ISBN10: 1427204675
Audio Run Time: 11:30
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$14.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2008
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312380687
ISBN10: 0312380682
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 950LL

$17.95

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St. Martin's Griffin
May 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429938501
ISBN10: 1429938501
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
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