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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
That's where SEA CUTTER landed me and it did not disappoint. This is a book for middle grade readers; yet author Tim Davis did not dumb it down. Sure, the morals of honor and honesty come through loud and clear; however, the story tosses one on waves and crests, complete with villainous thugs, that will keep kids and adults alike eagerly sailing the story to its end.
The main character, Nathaniel `Nat' Childe is a 13 year-old boy who does not believe that his sea captain father, gone 2 years, is dead. That belief is bolstered into real hope when his father's best friend Wayland comes back from sea and delivers Nat a trunk addressed from his dad. The Captain's trunk contains a secret map to an island of pearl treasures which speeds Nat and Wayland to embark on a spine-tingling adventure.
We find that Nat has the makings of becoming an honorable man in the fact that the teen learns to single-handedly run a business to support his widowed mother and himself by repairing intricate ship instruments. However, when in a quandary to rescue his father, Nat takes to lying to get his way and that comes with severe consequences that propel the reader through this story.
The only small sticking point is that some of Nat's descriptions were not of the vocabulary I'd ascribe to a thirteen year old; nevertheless, the words Mr. Davis has written paint perfect pictures! I enjoyed reading SEA CUTTER and highly recommend it.
Now off to read Book II- RED STONE!Red Stone: Book II in The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe
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I always loved adventure stories, I saw this book in Twitter and although not accustomed to read in English, once I started I could not stop. Read morePublished 17 months ago by blanca Miosi
This definitely had the delicious flavor of Treasure Island, a great for adventurous children about 10 to 14. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Mrs. G
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 morePublished on June 9, 2014 by June Little
We love "SEA CUTTER" at our house, brothers 11 & 12 year olds were entertained and frequently discuss the adventures of Nathaniel! Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by WILMA CONLEY
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
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 morePublished on January 15, 2014 by S. Hansen
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 morePublished on November 18, 2013 by L. R. W. Lee, Author (LRWLee dot com)
Sea Cutter: Book 1 in The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe by Timothy Davis takes place in Massachusetts in 1771. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by The DMS
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 morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Jill
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