Review! Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford

I am SO EXCITED for today’s review! I am reviewing Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford. When I was offered an ARC of this book, I JUMPEDcaptain at the opportunity because Dean Pitchford wrote a book I LOVED called Captain Nobody. I read Captain Nobody in third grade and the story really stuck with me. It was just an awesome book. When I saw Mr. Pitchford wrote Nickel Bay Nick, I knew I had to read it.

nickelNickel Bay Nick

by Dean Pitchford

272 pages – ages 8+

Published by Putnam Juvenile on October 17, 2013

Sam Brattle was not a happy kid. His dad’s business is not working out, his mom left and Sam is pretty much miserable. One night when he was angry at his dad for not telling him that his mom remarried, Sam  was out breaking windows at an abandoned warehouse. The police show up but Sam gets away by climbing into the neighbor’s yard. When he fell out of a tree he destroyed Mr. Well’s (the neighbor’s) Christmas decorations and Sam is forced to work to pay them off. Little did Sam know that he is about to be caught up in a seven-year-old secret involving the town’s legendary Christmas do-gooder Nickel Bay Nick who is strangely missing this year. Sam soon learns that the fate of the entire town rests on him.

For as much as I was looking forward to reading this book, I am happy to say, Mr. Pitchford did not disappoint! This is an awesome book! Sam is a great main character. He’s pretty cool and very sneaky. I love how Sam is a bad kid but he’s forced into doing something really good (let’s just say blackmail is involved). I like how Sam’s character changes in the story. The plot is full of action and Mr. Pitchford’s writing style is exciting with just he right amount of details. The book not only has the action and spy stuff a kid like me likes, it also has  a great story with characters that I ended up caring about. This is a middle grade Must Read!

This is one of those books I wish I could give more than five bookworms to, but my system only goes to five! Five out of five for Nickel Bay Nick! fivebooks

To learn more about Mr. Pitchford, Nickel Bay Nick and all the other cool things he does, please visit his website HERE.

So I have to tell you a funny story about this book, and Mr. Pitchford.

 This is the conversation I had when I told my mom I get to review Dean Pitchford’s new book:

Mom –  “Dean Pitchford, like the guy who made Footloose, Dean Pitchford?”

Me – “Footloose, like the song we had to dance to in our fifth grade May Day celebration?”

Mom – “YES! The song is from the movie Footloose starring Kevin Bacon, which I just LOVE!”

Me – “You mean Kevin Bacon like that Kevin Bacon game?” (a couple of months ago I read a blog post that mentioned six degrees of Kevin Bacon and I had to ask my Dad about it)

Mom – “Yes, that Kevin Bacon and that Dean Pitchford!”

Me – “Cool, I get to be a degree of Kevin Bacon now!”

SO, here goes:

I read and review the books of the guy (Dean Pitchford) who made a movie starring Kevin Bacon. (2 degrees) WOO!

Cover of "Footloose (Special Collector's ...

Cover of Footloose (Special Collector’s Edition)

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

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46 replies

  1. Erik, great review. That’s great that you were given the ARC from an author you previously read and admired. Also, I think it’s wonderful that your writing continues to open up not only a world of books but fun and interesting topics for discussion.
    I went to high school with the guy who plays keyboard in the Bacon Brothers Band-Yes, as in Kevin Bacon. So, I too, am 2 degrees of Kevin Bacon! 🙂 I also saw the performer, Kenny Loggins, in concert. He wrote and sang Footloose title song. 🙂 Keep up the great review site.
    All the best,

  2. I loved Footloose and that is a most fun story, Erik. I fancy reading that myself. Hooray!

  3. Sounds like great realistic fiction. Like it that the boy is troubled and has a change of heart. Great middle grade book — especially if you think it deserves six stars. That’s interesting that Pitchford is writing MG novels. Kind of like the actor Henry Winkler writing books for kids with SCBWI found Lyn Oliver.

  4. The book sounds great. Especially if you think it deserves more then 5 bookworms! Okay… I don’t think this counts but I want to play…
    Our favorite Sandra Boynton book is “Philadelphia Chickens” (with the CD). The Bacon Brothers sing a song (or is it two?) on that CD. Yeah, Kevin Bacon.
    I’m with your mother, I love that movie. I feel like I’m in junior high school again when I think about it.

  5. This book you talk about seems like one I would enjoy reading since I like MG and YA books, they’re fun and interesting, although they are not the only genres I read .. as you know. 🙂

    I love dance movies! Footloose … Kevin Bacon … was amazing!

  6. More than 5, huh! Whew! I enjoyed that movie back in the day too!

  7. Footloose – sweet! Just hopping over from Robyn’s site. can’t believe I’ve never been here. Glad I found you. Have a nice day!

  8. Great review, Erik. Seems like you really enjoyed this one. Usually, if something is long anticipated (like Erm Christmas) it’s a let-down.

  9. Nice review, Erik. I remember Footloose, but don’t have the excitement your mother has. 🙁 I do think the book sounds great. I am more interested in the one that has stuck with you, Captain Nobody. I’ll have to check out both of these.

  10. After your book review, I want to watch the movie now. You find some cool reads that I wouldn’t find by myself.

  11. Two degrees from Kevin Bacon! Wow! Plus that makes me 3 degrees! Unless I have to count Mom…..

    Love and licks,

  12. I love a book with a dynamic MC. Wow! Kevin looks so young! I guess I did back then, too. 🙂

  13. Such a great book! Dean Pitchford is an amazing writer. I am the casting director for Footloose so I’m also “one degree”! I love your site EriK

  14. Wow! You are 2 degress from Kevin Bacon. That is so cool. You certainly are excited about this book. I love that when someone is very excited about a book. Great review as always.

  15. Thanks, Erik, for giving NICKEL BAY NICK 5- count ’em 5! – Bookworms! And, as Genevieve above noted, now everyone connected to YOU can automatically boast of being Three Degrees of Kevin Bacon!

    • Thank YOU for writing such an awesome book (not that Captain Nobody isn’t awesome – I still remember the story-line CLEARLY. That MUST be awesomeness, since I read it in 3rd grade (I’m in 6th now)!), Mr. Pitchford, AND for taking the time to comment on my blog! Thank you! 😀

  16. Well, and now I’m connected to Mr Bacon too! Yum! Someone I like to be connected to! It’s fun when you get so excited about a book. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Wait a minute, Erik! You’ve never given 6 bookworms? I could’ve sworn…hmmm…maybe? Yeah, it was probably—-SUE! LOL!!!!!!!!!!! Muwahahahahaaaaaaaa 😉

  18. The book covers looked great, but I was distracted by the youngish-look of Kevin Bacon! Haha. We just had an X-men marathon during the holidays, and he was in X-Men the beginning or something like that. Very interesting. 🙂

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