Nicking Time

T. Traynor

Out of print

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  • One of the gang is hiding a shocking secret in this memorable adventure.
  • T. Traynor brilliantly recreates the excitement of a boys-only summer, set in the amazingly evoked Southside of Glasgow.
  • Winner of the Kelpies Prize 2012.

An original boys' adventure set in Glasgow's Southside in the late 1970s. Winner of the 2012 Kelpies Prize.

Floris Books
Age Range:
From 8 to 12 years
192 pages
Publication date:
21 Mar 2013


The boys are planning a big summer. When they're not hanging out in their den, running the streets, playing fitba or re-enacting battles, they're planning to break into the old Hampden Park stadium -- is there enough time for it all?

Midge's pals are cool -- Bru's ginger; Skooshie's crazy; Hector's brave and Lemur, well, there's something weird about Lemur. He knows too much.

Like, he tells them a ghost story about two tragic deaths that happened over a hundred years ago. When did Lemur learn so much about the past?

T. Traynor brilliantly recreates the excitement of a boys-only summer in this original adventure set in the amazingly evoked Glasgow's Southside of the late 1970s.

Winner of the 2012 Kelpies Prize.


'This is a highly enjoyable and well-written book, a worthy winner of the Kelpies prize, and an impressive debut by Tracy Traynor.'
-- Armadillo Magazine

'[This book] is clearly no ordinary summer holiday adventure, and is certainly one that will keep you turning the pages as the story unfolds.'
-- Aquila

'The author has created a superbly realized sense of place and we can almost be there, sharing their summer holiday. The characters are believable and the plot is fast flowing, with lots of banter and interaction between the young boys... This was the winner of the Kelpies Prize in 2012 and a well deserved recipient.'
-- The School Librarian

'... this story [is] compelling and Traynor has pulled this off ... Perfect for a confident reader who will stick with the boys right through to the dramatic conclusion.'
-- Carousel

'The characters are likeable, the dialogue is natural, and the narrative is engrossing.'
-- Teen Titles


T. Traynor was born in Glasgow and studied English before going to Greece to work as an English teacher. She now lives near Oxford, where she edits and writes materials for language textbooks and websites. She has two daughters who she finds very useful when she's testing out story ideas. Nicking Time is her first book.


Don't miss the Discover Kelpies website for children with exclusive author interviews, fun stuff and latest gossip on your favourite Scottish stories.

Nicking Time was the winner of Floris Books' Kelpies Prize for new Scottish writing for children. Find out more about the Kelpies Prize and send your manuscript: next year, it could be your book being published!

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