Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ahoy Matey!

Sea Cutter: Book 1 in The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe by Timothy Davis takes place in Massachusetts in 1771. Ever since his father went missing two years ago, Nathanial and his mother have been working hard to make ends meet. Because his father was lost at sea, Nat had to promise his mother he would never go out on a boat. This might be an easy promise for a boy to make, but not one who lives in New Bedford, where whaling and fishing boats are constantly going out to sea. When Nat receives a trunk from his father with a secret message in it, he knows he must try to save him. He convinces Wayland, a family friend, that he has permission from his mom to sail with him, and they are off. They just need to stay away from the evil sailor with the viper tattoo. Can Nat handle being on a boat or will he become ill? Will Nat and Wayland find Nat’s father? Will the pirate who is looking for them catch up with them? Take to the seas and see what is in store for these adventurous sailors.

I would definitely recommend this book to third- seventh graders. This was a quick and interesting read. I like the historical aspects to it and I learned about things I didn’t know about before. Nat is easy to relate to, and you can’t help but hope for the best for him. The story was easy to understand and fast paced. There is a lot of action and adventure! I was on the edge of my seat as I turned the pages, and I was curious to see how everything would turn out for Nat, his dad, and Wayland. Reading about Nat’s experience, I could see how lies might lead to trouble in unexpected ways. This book makes history come to life, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Has anyone else read Sea Cutter: Book 1 in The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe? Or have you read another book by Timothy Davis? We would love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading! ~L

28 comments:

  1. As a sailor my self, this looks like my kind of book, thanks foe posting. Agman.

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    1. Agman- I think you will enjoy this adventure! ~L

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  2. A book that looks like it will appeal to readers of both sexes, not something that is always easy to find.

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    1. Petty- Definitely a book that boys and girls can enjoy! ~L

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  3. This looks like a lot of fun! I haven't heard of it before, but reminds me of several books I really enjoyed when I was that age :)

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    1. Meradeth- Sea Cutter was new to me too- but lots of fun! :) ~L

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  4. How great to hear about an historical fiction for this age group that's fast-paced and action packed.

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    1. Lee- Yes! It was such a fast read I read it in one sitting. :) I love when that happens. ~L

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  5. I love historical fiction and it is nice to see it making a reappearance in the MG. A pirate, sailing adventure sounds like a lot of fun!

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    1. Heidi- I love HF too and it is nice to see so many new books in the genre. :) ~L

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  6. Sounds like a good, fun read. Thanks for posting.

    Nas

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    1. Nas- It is and you are welcome! :) ~L

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  7. Great review :D Never heard of this book before, but oh. It sounds awesome. Glad you liked it :) Nat sounds like a great character :D Thank you for sharing. <3
    Thank you for commenting on my mailbox. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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    1. Carina- Thanks! It was new to me and it was a lot of fun. Nat is an interesting character for sure! :) ~L

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  8. Great review. I have always loved historical novels and did back in the age group this book was written for. Sounds like a great read for them.

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    1. Anna- Thanks! This is a great MG book that will take kids back in time to a very different way of life. Very interesting! :) ~L

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  9. What a beautiful cover. What a neat book. I'll make a note of it.

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    1. M Pax- The cover is intriguing and the book is great. Enjoy! :) ~L

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  10. I always think that I know a ton of authors but you always surprise me!

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    1. Patty- Yeah! I love that we surprise you. :) ~L

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    1. Kelly- It was new to me too! :) ~L

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  12. I haven't read this book or the author but it sounds like something I'd enjoy - I like anything historical :)

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    1. Mshatch- If you like HF then this is a fast read that you will enjoy. :) ~L

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  13. I LOVE this book! :D I think the second in the series is even better (Red Stone)! Mr. Davis writes great adventure for kids.

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    1. Hi Erik- It is so nice to hear from someone else who read and loved the book! I don't have the second one yet, but based on your comment I will have to get it soon! Thanks! ~L

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  14. Thank you, Erik, for making me aware of this wonderful review of Sea Cutter, and thank you, Fairday, for the brilliant write up. Finally, thanks to everyone who left a comment. They warmed my heart. I have a hat-drawing every week for a free paperback of Sea Cutter. Please see simple, simple instructions at http://www.timothydavisauthor.com/index.html. Thanks again to everybody, and my best wishes to you and those you love.

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    1. Hi Timothy- We are so happy Erik let you know about our review! We really enjoyed the book and are so happy to hear from you. We know our readers love to hear from authors. Thanks for letting us know about the hat drawing. How exciting! Thanks for stopping by! :) ~Fairday and Lizzy

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