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Sea Cutter: Book I in The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Davis
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

First place winner of 2012 International Digital Awards for Short YA fiction.

It's 1771 and I've just gotten a secret message from Father who - all of New Bedford says - went down with his ship in 1769. I know I promised my old friend Wayland not to put to sea without Mother's permission, but what's more important - keeping a promise or finding Father? If you want to come with me, help me find a ship bound for the South Atlantic, and we'll search together for a legendary island, and Father.

But watch out for a smelly, slim, oily-looking sailor with a tattoo of a viper coiled around his arm. We're going to leave him far behind...

Product Details

  • File Size: 244 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615719015
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services; 3 edition (July 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AII8GK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorite books of all time!! November 23, 2012
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Earlier this year I met author Timothy Davis through Twitter. I was intrigued with his award winning book Sea Cutter Book I: The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe. So much so, I bought the digital copy from Amazon and began reading that very night. I read until my eyelids just couldn't stay open any longer. I finished this great suspense filled sea adventure the next night.

Mr. Davis' Sea Cutter is the First Place winner of 2012 International Digital Awards for Short YA Fiction.

I had originally thought this might be a perfect read aloud for my own children, although this book is geared more towards late elementary and middle school children. So I decided to pre-read Sea Cutter before deciding whether or not to use it as a read aloud for my children. They are 4, 6 and 8. After that first reading a few months ago, I decided it might be too intense for them.

Fast forward a few months, Mr. Davis' book was released in paperback with a beautifully illustrated front cover. Ironically at the same time, I had decided the kids just might be ready for Sea Cutter and planned to begin reading our digital copy in only a matter of days! Mr. Davis and I had continued our online friendship over the months and he offered to send a copy of his beautiful paperback to us as a gift! ~ I do want to make clear that Mr. Davis has never asked for a review. I am doing this because we love Sea Cutter so much! I want to spread the word about this wonderful book.

Our copy arrived on Saturday; the kids opened the package with great excitement! We immediately sat down on the couch and assumed the read aloud snuggle position.

As each chapter drew to a close the children would say read more! After about forty-five minutes had passed I asked if anyone was ready for a break.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book September 3, 2011
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I loved the book it was a really good sea story. My favorite thing about the book was all the ship stuff and going to an island called Pearles Grandes. It was a lot of fun to read and it was very fast-paced.

By: Henry Gottschalk

Note: This review was written by my son, Henry, who is 11. He really liked the book, but sometimes has trouble articulating why. Read it for yourself, you'll like it, too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure Story September 10, 2011
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Two years after Nathaniel's father died in a shipwreck, a package arrived from him. There was a mysterious treasure inside and a note from Nat's father which made Nat believe, even more, that his father did not die! The letter and the treasure were clues about where to find his father, but how could a fourteen year-old boy navigate the seas alone, especially when no one in the village believes his father survived. Nat tricks a family friend (Wayland) into sailing his ship, the Sea Cutter, into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean in hopes of finding his father. Unfortunately an evil stowaway sneaks onto the Sea Cutter and uses Nat to hatch his own plan of getting what he wants. Can Nat and Wayland survive the stormy ocean, a whale attack, starvation, Nat deceiving Wayland and the murderous stowaway hidden on board?

Sea Cutter is the first ebook in the Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe. Mr. Davis' second ebook in the series is titled "Red Stone" and I already have my copy and am looking forward to reading it! Mr. Davis says on his website that he is currently writing a third ebook in the series. Sea Cutter is a historical adventure book and I tend to really like a book like that. This book was VERY thrilling! I think the book would be good for readers aged 9+. There were some tense moments and fighting but nothing that is inappropriate for kids. There were a couple of parts in the book that were predictable but there were also some great surprises to the plot too. My favorite character is Paulo, an orphan that Wayland and Nat meet along their journey. Paulo is kind and an experienced sailor. I really didn't like how Nat was lying all the time, it made me not like him as much as I would have liked to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smashing good yarn and more! July 10, 2011
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Sea Cutter is a fast moving tale about a young man swept from drudgery and loss into high adventure and a wonderful quest. Set in the early 1700s, the action moves from the sea port of New Bedford, to the high seas, to an exotic island and ultimately, home. To an adult reader the characters are strong and clearly delineated archetypes in the tradition of Kidnapped, Mobey Dick and The Odyssey. To a young reader, the action and the people will be memorable. The author underpins his terrific sea story, but doesn't overwhelm it, with a fine moral theme. Outstanding! Very much looking forward to BookII.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Cutter... A must read for young readers July 8, 2011
By Ron
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I must admit although this is a young adult or pre-teen book, I was captivated. It must be the kid in me. Excellent book for anyone who likes plots containing adventures at sea. The adventure isn't the only subject matter that grabs you, it's the internal conflict of the main character that does. As you read on, you can relate to the moral of the story. That's what I liked about it. There are so many books for younger readers that do not express life's simple lessons; I was glad to find that the Sea Cutter does. This book creates a fantastic adventure with an internal conflict most young readers will relate to. There's a subtle lesson learned along with page turning excitement, suspense, gentle kindness along with humor. I would have to put the Sea Cutter in my top 10 for entertaining younger readers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Treasure Island
This definitely had the delicious flavor of Treasure Island, a great for adventurous children about 10 to 14. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. G
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure on the High Seas
I really wish I'd had access to this book when I was teaching. All those rainy Friday afternoons with restless Year 5 & 6 boys! Read more
Published 4 months ago by June Little
5.0 out of 5 stars THOROUGHLY ENGAGING
We love "SEA CUTTER" at our house, brothers 11 & 12 year olds were entertained and frequently discuss the adventures of Nathaniel! Read more
Published 6 months ago by WILMA CONLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rip-roaring sea story!
This review is from: Sea Cutter: Book I in The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe (Kindle Edition)
When Nathaniel Childe's father, Captain Jonathan Childe goes down with his ship... Read more
Published 8 months ago by sagababe
5.0 out of 5 stars Morals in easy pieces
Wonderful story detailing a young boys search for purpose, love and identity. Written in a quick read, non-moralizing manner, very easy to visualize. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Hansen
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick chapter book read
This was a quick read and would be good for an early chapter book reader. The beginning hooked me immediately, which many books fail to do. Read more
Published 11 months ago by L. R. W. Lee, Children's Author
4.0 out of 5 stars An Adventure on the High Sea You Don't Want to Miss!
Sea Cutter: Book 1 in The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe by Timothy Davis takes place in Massachusetts in 1771. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The DMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventures for the Whole Family
I am very pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn't realize that it was a children's/young young adult book when I got it, but even so I couldn't put this book down. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent read
As I was reading this to my granddaughter I couldn't put it down myself. A brilliantly written story of a boy long ago setting sail to find his father with many great adventures... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jeanne
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in the rewrite!
I have read the original book Perlas Grandes for the last 15 years to my 4th grade class. It has always been their favorite book of the year, and many wanted to purchase it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by lou-lou
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More About the Author

Tim Davis got into trouble at age 12 for reading Treasure Island under his blankets by flashlight when he was supposed to be sleeping. When he grew up, he pursued his love of children's literature by earning a PhD in English and teaching Children's Literature at university. He left academia in order to move to the San Francisco Bay Area and teach elementary school under an emergency program that let college graduates teach if they worked in the inner city. Tim Davis still lives in the Bay Area with his family, and recently began writing a series of children's books that he hopes will get some other kids in trouble for reading under the blankets with a flashlight.

Sea Cutter won first place in the 2012 International Digital Awards for Short YA fiction.


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