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The Time Pirate: A Nick McIver Time Adventure (Nick McIver Adventures Through Time) Hardcover – April 13, 2010

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Grade 5–8—This installment in the series finds 12-year-old Nick once again saving the world on several fronts. It's 1939, and he must defend his home, a small British island, against the looming Nazi invasion. But the Nazis are not his only enemies; using a time-travel device invented by da Vinci, he also battles 18th-century pirates who've kidnapped his sister. In a further wrinkle, the pirates, who are equipped with a time-travel device of their own, threaten to change the outcome of the American Revolution. Nick feels compelled to help General Washington and his troops, even though doing so makes him a traitor, because he knows that the support of the United States will become crucial to the Allies in World War II. Swashbuckling action sequences and scenes of derring-do abound. However, hackneyed language detracts from the action, and clichéd stereotypes of Native Americans and African-American slaves make this title seem out of place in contemporary children's literature.—Hayden Bass, Seattle Public Library, WA
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Bell continues the heavily promoted Nick McIver Adventures through Time series with this sequel to Nick of Time (2008), that begins in 1940. As the Channel Islands brace for the coming German invasion, 12-year-old Nick’s sister is kidnapped by a time-traveling pirate, and Nick’s pursuit turns the plot back to colonial America, where the Revolutionary War is brewing. Readers will need to check their plausibility meter from the start of this rip-roaring time-warp tale. An unnecessary prologue, confusing dream scenes, and excessive nautical details may deter some, but the breakneck pacing and wild plot will keep readers hanging on to the end. Grades 5-8. --Lynn Rutan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Series: Nick McIver Adventures Through Time (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312578105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312578107
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mom of 3 book lovers VINE VOICE on April 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
How exciting could life possibly be with no cell phones, computers or video games? Very! While I wasn't head-over-heels crazy about the first book of this series, Nick of Time, Book 2 is a different story (pun intended). Less nautical jargon, same vintage feel and a much better story!

Other than the prologue (which, to me, does nothing except make the book fourteen pages longer), everything about The Time Pirate is fun. The main characters we met in Book 1 are all here again, but Nick is much more front and center than before. In this adventure he travels to 1781 and meets such legendary characters as George and Martha Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. Bad guy Billy Blood has used his own Tempus Machina to threaten the very existence of the United States of America, and in order to save his own dear England from the Nazis in 1940 Nick must fight against her in the decisive battle of the Revolutionary War.

This might be a fun book for middle school teachers to use during a unit on Revolution as much of the story takes place before and during the Battle of Yorktown. There is some battle-related violence, but no bad language...a great book for kids and the rest of us who love to dream about time travel!
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In 1940 the Nazis invade the British Channel Islands. To repel the enemy, teenager Nick McIver teaches himself to fly an obsolete WWI fighter plane that he had found in an abandoned barn. From the air, barnstorming Nick photographs minelayers and patrol boats during the day and conducts bombing raids over Nazi airfields at night.

Meanwhile his enemy pirate Captain Billy Blood wants possession of Nick's time machine. Using his own, he travels to Greybeard Island where he kidnaps Nick's sister Kate, and takes her back to 1781 Port Royal, Jamaica; but he leaves Nick a message that in exchange for his sibling he wants the time machine. Traveling to the late eighteenth century, Nick of Time learns of a plot that could result in Washington's defeat as Blood has amassed an invincible armada.

Fighting in two wars over a century and half apart, heroic Nick hopes to be on time to save his sister and for his side to win twice. Incredibly fast-paced with over the top happenstances, this lighthearted fun teenage pulp fiction is very entertaining though not deep in either era except when blood and tomatoes mix as Nick battles The Time Pirate.

Harriet Klausner
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Time Pirate, Ted Bell's new Young Adult novel and sequel to Nick of Time, comes back full steam ahead with a rip-roaring action packed adventure story for boys and men of all ages! 464 pages of non-stop thrills and chills that will have you on the edge of your seat from page one to the end.

Time Pirate picks up right where Bell left us at the end of Nick of Time, on the island of Greybeard in the British Channel Islands, with 12 year old Nick McIver getting ready for the inevitable coming war. The year is 1940 and as we start out this installment, the Nazis are slowly approaching and inching their way to invading the islands. Nick McIver's friend Winston Churchill is doing his best to forestall the onslaught, but the powers that be have British troops retreating leaving the islands demilitarized and abandoned to fight for their lives on their own.

This story is pretty complex and involves many paralleled events that put Nick McIver and his friends Gunner, Lord Hawke, Commander Hobbes and his adorable little sister Katie, in quite the tailspin as they once again risk their lives for home and country. One day Nick uncovers his father's old WWI fighter plane, a dilapidated old Sopwith Camel. With the help of Gunner, the islands Inn owner, they rebuild and rejuvenate the old plane to it's original glory. After Nick presents his father with his old war prize, Angus McIver teaches his son to fly it himself just in time to do some real live spying and reconnaissance work for Churchill as his daily flights take secret mission photographs of the enemy. Death defying barnstorming scenes with Nick in the air shooting at Nazi's, and German parachuters sailing onto home grounds, have Gunner and Nick realizing it's time to fight.
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THE TIME PIRATE, by Ted Bell, is the second installment in the Nick McIver Time Adventure series (the series has apparently been renamed between the first and second books). Our intrepid heroes, 12 year old Nick McIver, and his fearless little sister, Katie, are still having fascinating adventures and preserving the flow of history. And this time, loyal, duty-bound Nick must betray his country, his beloved England, in order to save it.

Like all young boys, Nick McIver wants to grow up to be hero like his father, a highly decorated WWI ace pilot. The values of loyalty, honor, and duty are part of Nick's very soul. Nazis have invaded his home, one of the British Channel Islands, and Nick knows that he must do whatever he can to protect his home, his family, his friends, and his country. To this end, Nick lovingly restores his father's old WWI Sopwith Camel biplane, takes flying lessons from his father, and conducts secret air raids on the neighboring Nazi compounds. Ever brave, Nick faces his fears and does his duty. But his duty comes on other fronts as well. As we learned in the first book, Nick is in possession of one of two time machines invented by Leonardo Di Vinci. The evil pirate captain, Billy Blood is in possession of the other. Blood plans to change history, by ensuring that the Americans lose their battle for independence. Nick realizes that if America never achieves independence, then she cannot come to the aid of Britain in 1940, and his country will be conquered by the Nazis. Nick must travel back to a critical turning point in the American Revolution and give aid to General Washington. But, to do so will be an act of betrayal against England. Can he do it? Can Nick live with the results of his choices?
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