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Sea Cutter: Book I in The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe by [Davis, Timothy]
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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.

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  • File Size: 303 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services; 3 edition (July 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AII8GK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,208,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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A Kid's Review on 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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I'm a complete sucker for nautical adventures. Give me sea captains, a capable but motley crew, swashbucklers, pirates and set me at sea on a mighty sailing ship back a couple of hundred years ago and I'm happy.

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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