Good day everyone, Paul R. Hewlett here today. There’s a lot going on around here so let’s begin with a recap to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the fantastic promotions going on. First, make sure to check out The Circle of Tivedon Blog Tour. There’s also the Sunshine Syndicate tour and huge giveaway. Our 1000 follower No Strings Attached Giveaway started earlier this week and runs through 21 Jan, with a box of books to a US winner and a $20 Amazon gift card to an international follower. Most current giveaway links are in Sher’s Escucha Means Listen picture book review and giveway. Be sure to visit the blog tour of Rise of the Fire Tamer by Kailin Gow. Check out The Freak of Nature Book Blast too.
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Now on to today’s post. I would like to thank Kathy at I Am A Reader Not A Writer and Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf for hosting the 3rd Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop. Today I am reviewing the Middle Grade novel by author Timothy Davis.
Sea Cutter: Book I in The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe by Timothy C. Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love a good Middle Grade book. It’s my contention that a really good Middle Grade book is as good a read as you’ll find. Sea Cutter is just such a book. It is a wonderful book. It is action packed, entertaining, great imagery, great characters, the list goes on. Author Timothy C. Davis has delivered a hit!
What I liked best: I love the main character Nat. He is a wonderful character. He has his flaws, he’s quite angry his father is gone, and at people trying to take advantage of him and his mother. But he’s a character the reader can identify with and root for. He is a good kid, dealt a raw deal who only wants his father back. I read on hoping that Nat would get some closure and find peace and happiness. Many times throughout the story we are reminded that Nat is just a young boy. Mr. Davis does a great job of not letting us lose sight of that fact. These characteristics bring Nat to life.
There are some really funny moments in this book too. I love the guessing game Nat played with Mr.Barton from the Post Office. Nat is on guess two as to why Ned was late with the mail, “He passed gas on the way and his horse died of the smell.” It may reflect my immaturity, but I laughed heartily at this little game. This is part of a bigger story line that involves waiting on letters to be received and delivered which is tense at times and very important to the story. The guessing highlights the fact that the great story lines couldn’t exist if this was a modern day story.
What missed just a bit: The only miss that I found in Sea Cutter is the fact that at times there are a few words sprinkled in that may be a bit to advanced for your average middle grade reader. Obviously for me,it wasn’t a problem, but perhaps for the younger reader it may be.
Overall: If you’re looking for a middle grade book for your child (particularly young boys) to read, do yourself and your child a favor and pick up Sea Cutter. It is just a tremendous book. It has it all. It starts with the beautiful cover and continues until the final word. Readers will be on the edge of their seat reading to see what happens next. I, for one, am very excited for the next next book in the series, Red Stone.
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