Wow! We are already halfway through the nomination period for this year’s Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. Have you nominated any books yet? All month long, our Throwback Thursday review will feature a Cybils-nominated book.
We’re not going too far back for this review so that we can represent lots of different Cybils categories. So this week we have last year’s finalist (and ultimate winner in the Middle Grade Fiction category: Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford. If you’ve read this title – or any book by Dean Pitchford – be sure to include a link to your review!
by Dean Pitchford
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013
Merry Christmas. Not hardly. Sam Brattle (11) doesn’t have much to celebrate. He and his dad (whose bakery is about to go under) aren’t getting along. His Dad is making excuses on why his Mom doesn’t want to see him, and he’s tired of being the “freak” at school. Sam decides to take out his anger on the windows at school – until the police are called and the chase begins. Again. This isn’t the first time Sam is running from the cops. With a little “help” from his neighbor’s tree, Sam escapes the police. But he doesn’t escape the consequences of destroying Mr. Wells’ property, his past crimes, or facing up to who he is. Although set at Christmas, Sam’s story will resonate with middle grade readers all year long!
Reading Tub review: March 2015
See Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford and other 2014 Cybils Middle Grade Fiction finalists.
See Dean Pitchford’s tweets here @DeanPitchford1
Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews?
Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and teens on our blogs, websites, and via social media.
We write so many reviews that, over time, they get buried by other, newer reviews. BUT! that book we read three years ago will always be new to some reader, somewhere. So why not share that review with a new audience?
Everyone is welcome! Here are the participation guidelines:
- If you reviewed the same book we’re featuring, add your permalink to the original review on the Reading Tub website or in the InLinkz Linkup above.
- Want to (re)share a review you posted in October 2009 but which isn’t our featured book? Add your permalink in the InLinkz Linkup or comments. [No, it doesn’t have to be a book you loved; but it does have to be a review you take a lot of pride in.]
- Add any notes about the review in the comments, please.
The spammers have been having a blast with our Throwback Thursday posts … now its your turn to take back blogging from those nuisances. Add your reviews to our InLinkz linkup above or the comments section below.
Too late for this week’s #TBT linkup for Dean Pitchford’s Nickel Bay Nick?
Our InLinkz linkup is open for one week from publication date. If you didn’t find this post in time, no worries! Add your review on our review page at the Reading Tub.
NOTES: The cover image for Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford links to amazon.com. The Reading Tub has an affiliate relationship with Amazon. 100% of any income from this source is used for our literacy mission.