Aric Davis lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife and daughter.
Nickel Platedby Aric Davis
It was weird to just get a contact out of nowhere. She was a kid, though, I could tell that from just the few minutes on the phone, and kids have a funny way of finding me. I’m pretty sure it’s just the world’s way of reminding me that I owe a debt for Dad. Whoever the girl was, she either needed help or was setting me up. I’ve run enough
It was weird to just get a contact out of nowhere. She was a kid, though, I could tell that from just the few minutes on the phone, and kids have a funny way of finding me. I’m pretty sure it’s just the world’s way of reminding me that I owe a debt for Dad. Whoever the girl was, she either needed help or was setting me up. I’ve run enough angles that I’m sure there are a few people who’d love to get a face-to-face. I’ll die before I go back to foster care, and I’m not ready to start dying just yet.
Nickel is a survivor. Raised by the state in abusive foster homes, he escapes at the age of ten to live his life the way his father wanted him to: not as a civilian, but as a warrior. Nickel pays his way by blackmailing pedophiles he tracks down online, selling marijuana to high school students, and working as a private investigator in between. Money talks, but for kids, Nickel works for free.
This time, it’s Arrow, a beautiful high school girl, who needs help. She believes that her sister Shelby was kidnapped, even though her parents and the police have written her off as a runaway. Nickel takes the case, scouring the internet and the posh suburban streets to find the missing girl. What he uncovers are children for sale and adults with souls black as the devil. Soon Nickel realizes that finding Shelby is one thing — but surviving is another.
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- 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 14 Years
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This book is an exceptional read; It is well written, and surprisingly believable given that the main character is a twelve year old boy who is willing to risk his own life to oust those who would prey on young children. Despite his larger than life character, Nickel, is a genuinely likeable boy who "could use a hug" now and again. The rawness of the protagonist and his very genuine thoughts as they are expressed throughout this edge-of-your-seat story, helps the reader feel very much engaged in the outcome of this superbly written book. One caveat - while the author delicately handles some extremely sensitive issues (child pornography and human trafficking in particular), the fact remains that this book has some fairly mature content throughout. Add to that, the fact that the hero just happens to grow and sell marijuana as a means of supporting himself, and you'll understand why this book is not for younger readers. That being said, there are some life lessons on internet safety and general precautionary measures to be gleaned from the pages of this book. Giving this book a maturity rating based on age; we'd place this book as appropriate for readers 16 years of age and up. CHILDREN'S LITERARY CLASSICS Book Reviews & Awards