BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz
Nate Rocks the World
by Karen Pokras Toz
Nate Rocks Series, Book One
Ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge cannot catch a break. After all, life as a fourth-grader can be hazardous – what with science projects to deal with and recess football games to avoid. Everyone, including his best friend Tommy, seems to have bad luck when hanging around Nathan. Throw in an older sister who is a royal pain, a dad who is stuck in the past, and a mom who keeps trying to poison him with her awful cooking, and poor Nathan’s life as a fourth-grader appears to be completely doomed.
Armed only with his sketchpad, his imagination, and his wits, Nathan Rockledge navigates the perils of the fourth grade in style, to emerge heroic, as Nate Rocks, proving that even a ten-year-old can accomplish great things.
Follow the adventures of ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge as his cartoons and adventures come to life.
MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Ten year old Nate Rockledge has so many crummy things going on: his mom can’t cook, his older sister is super annoying, and he has to end up with the most bratty girl in the fourth grade as a science project partner! Luckily for him, he is a hero–a baseball star, a firefighter, an astronaut–all in his imagination. All he has to do is start sketching.
This was a cool middle grade novel! Nate, who shares my son’s name, is a fun kid with an endless imagination.
Nate and his best friend Tommy are in fourth grade. I think this is a bittersweet age; kids are still young enough to have that childlike innocence, but they are also starting to become painfully aware of the world around them–for example, Nate doesn’t want his parents tagging along while he trick or treats with his friends.
There were plenty of smile and laugh-worthy moments in the book. I loved Nate’s plan to get back at his sister…even though it didn’t turn out quite like he expected. In Nate’s daydreams, the moments were intense but also funny–to imagine a 10 year old doing the things he described!
I have a special spot in my heart for mischievous kids who get themselves into trouble without really having to try. Now Nate Rockledge is among some of my faves–including Ramona Quimby, Judy Moody, and Superfudge!
About the Author
Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife, and mom. Karen grew up in Orange, Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, followed in 2012 by the second book in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).
Author Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads