Nick of Time

Nick of Time

Book - 2008 | First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
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Nick of Time is the first young reader's book written by bestselling author Ted Bell.

In the grand tradition of epic novels like Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island comes a wondrous tale of time travel, adventure, and riches, in which twelve-year-old Nick McIver sets out to become "the hero of his own life."

The setting is England, 1939, on the eve of war. Nick and his younger sister, Kate, live in a lighthouse on the smallest of the Channel Islands. Nick and Kate come to the aid of their father who is engaged in a desperate war of espionage with German U-boat wolf packs that are circling the islands. The information they provide to Winston Churchill is vital as he tries to warn England of the imminent Nazi invasion.

One day Nick discovers an old sea chest, left for him by his ancestor, Captain Nicholas McIver of the Royal Navy. Inside, he finds a time machine and a desperate plea for help from the captain. He uses the machine to return to the year 1805. Captain McIver and, indeed, Admiral Nelson's entire fleet are threatened by the treachery of the French and the mutinous Captain Billy Blood. Nick must reach deep inside, using his wits, courage, and daring to rescue the imperiled British sailors.

His sister, Kate, meanwhile, has enlisted the aid of two of England's most brilliant "scientific detectives," Lord Hawke and Commander Hobbes, to thwart the invading Nazis. She and Nick must face England's underwater enemies, a challenge made all the more difficult when they discover the existence of Germany's supersecret submarine.

In this striking adventure for readers of all ages, Nick must fight ruthless enemies across two different centuries, on land and sea, to help defeat those determined to destroy his home and his family.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2008]
Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780312380687
Branch Call Number: J BEL
Characteristics: 434 pages :,map ;,21 cm


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Shadow_Assassin Jul 20, 2010

this is an awessome story.

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Nov 24, 2015

This book is in the teen collection but it could be read by all ages. Great adventure story.

Apr 22, 2015

I didn't really care for this book (but I am a grown-up, so I might have enjoyed it twenty years ago).

However, my main problem with the book is that Nick McIver's relative from the past has no way to know anything about his future descendents, so how does he know where, when, and to whom to send the time-travelling device? If this issue was addressed in the book, I have to admit that I completely missed it. I kept reading on, waiting to find out how ancestor-McIver knew about his descendent, but I never found out. I had been expecting that he'd sent the time-travelling device to the future after descendent-Nick had already visited him in the past, which would have made some kind of confusing sense, but that is not what happened.

Jan 27, 2015

Amazing book!!! I could read it over and over. Ted Bell Sweeps you away with excellent writing , boggling storyline and unbeatable humor.

Jul 09, 2012

I currently have this book at home, and I am reading it for the, like, 5th time!!! This book is really interesting and funny. ;>

May 29, 2012

An adventure story along the lines of Treasure Island. Set during the Second World War, it features pirates, Nazis,Admiral Lord Nelson,and(of course) time travel.

May 18, 2012

Most certainly an awesome story.

Shadow_Assassin Jul 20, 2010

this is an awessome story.

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Jul 09, 2012

Jinming thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over


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