Nickel Bay Nick, by Dean Pitchford, is a touching story about second chances for a boy, his dad, a town and a giving stranger.
Nickel Bay Nick, by Dean Pitchford, is a touching story about second chances for a boy, his dad, a town and a giving stranger. The story starts when 11-year-old Sam Brattle, who had a heart transplant as a baby, crosses paths with Nickel Bay Nick, an unknown do-gooder who plants $100 bills around Christmas in boxes on store shelves, in unlocked cars and even in people’s pockets.
When Nick breaks his leg, Sam is forced to take his place. He learns how to return resealed items to store shelves without people noticing, to spot unlocked cars and to be a “putpocket.” Sam starts off as a rude, selfish juvenile delinquent who fights with his dad all the time. By the end of the story, he has changed into a kind and giving person.
Sam isn’t the only one who gets a second chance. Nickel Bay is an old, rundown town with lots of businesses closing, including the bakery that Sam’s dad owns. The bakery is saved and the people of Nickel Bay get happier and more hopeful when Nick visits.
When Sam is training to be Nickel Bay Nick, he learns lots of secrets. The biggest secret is revealed in the end when Sam discovers why Nick came to Nickel Bay, how Nick gets his second chance, and why he gives money away to the people of Nickel Bay. This story is mysterious and exciting. It is definitely on my list of favorite books.