Ted Bell is the New York Times bestselling author of Nick of Time and The Time Pirate, as well as the bestselling Alexander Hawke series. For many years he was a leading talent in advertising, and won numerous Clios and Cannes Gold Lions and the Cannes Grand Prix. He began his advertising career as a copy-writer at Doyle Dane Bernbach in the 1970s. In 1991, he joined Young & Rubicam, one of the world's largest advertising agencies, as Vice-Chairman of the board and World-Wide Creative Director. Bell retired from advertising in 2001 to write full-time. He lives in Florida and Colorado.
Gr 6-9-This is an immensely appealing book about 12-year-old Nick McIver, son of a lighthouse owner, who lives on Greybeard Island off the coast of Great Britain in 1939. Opening with a thrilling near-fatal sailboat excursion, the action kicks into high gear when Nick finds a sea chest containing a mysterious glowing globe. Hunted by pirates from the past who seek the globe, a time-travel device, Nick finds himself bouncing back and forth in time fighting exceedingly nasty pirates, Napoleon's naval forces in 1805, and Nazi spies in 1939. Nick is the pluckiest, most likable boy-hero since Robert Lewis Stevenson's David Balfour (Kidnapped). With great battle scenes; lots of nautical jargon; and themes of courage, integrity, and honor, this book will appeal to restless boys who can never find books written just for them. Three huzzahs and a great big 21-gun salute to Bell for his first novel for kids. Hopefully, it won't be his last.-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Nick of Time is an American Classic." --Glenn Beck "Nick of Time is a blast--the best of Robert Louis Stevenson, Horatio Hornblower and Harry Potter. The kid in me loved it, and so did the adult." --James Patterson "Nick of Time takes young readers on a thrilling historical voyage . . . definitely not for the faint of heart." --Los Angeles Times "An immensely appealing book. Three huzzahs and a great big 21-gun salute to Bell for his first novel for kids." --School Library Journal, Starred Review "This old-fashioned adventure adds a new twist to elements of Treasure Island, Horatio Hornblower, and 'Indiana Jones' . . . Every middle school boy (and many girls, too) will relish joining Nick on his heroic adventures. Charming and thrilling, this book could become a classic with its good, clean, swashbuckling fun." --Voice of Youth Advocates "Bell's narrative never lacks for excitement . . . for younger readers . . . this book will become an instant classic." --KLIATT "A brilliant adventure, hidden within a rolling saga, tucked inside an intriguing mystery. That's Nick of Time. Ted Bell proves that he's the master of swashbuckling for both young and old." --Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Amber Room "In an adventure many times his size, Nick travels time to defeat both Napoleon's plot and a secret experimental Nazi submarine in this vibrant and enchanting book." --Jordan Weisman, co-author of the New York Times bestselling Cathy's Book "Wow! Some books sweep you away. Nick of Time amazed me, dazzled me, and swept my imagination off to sea. . . . I've been craving an adventure story with a good mystery, and this arrived in the nick of time to rescue me." --SchoolLibraryJournal.com "Nick of Time is one heck of an adventure! Filled with colorful characters, non-stop action, scary pirates, nasty Nazis, technically advanced submarines, rousing old-time sailing ships, thrilling battle scenes, heart-pounding sea voyages and nail-biting espionage, this story has it all. . . . If you are looking for a thrill and a new hero, this is it." --TeenReads.com "Nick of Time reminded me of Brian Jacques, one of my favorite authors. Everything clicks together perfectly . . . I really like the era and technology of World War II, especially the 'secret weapons' . . . the whole pirate thing really appeals to me . . . The time travel idea is cool, and what's even better is that da Vinci created it!" --Henry Willshire, age 13