Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Buzz: Nate Rocks The Boat by Karen Pokras Toz: Middle Grade Adventure and Humor

Nate Rocks the Boat“This book is perfectly created for the middle grade reader.” ~ Ritesh Kala, Amazon Review
Our book buzz segment today features Nate Rocks The Boat by Karen Pokras Toz the exciting followup to Nate Rocks The World (a multiple award winner). The adventure continues for middle grade readers as they get to follow Nate to summer camp. These are perfect books for boys (and girls) in the 7-12 age bracket. Don’t worry about having to read them in order. Nate Rocks The Boat can easily be read as a stand alone book but we warned that the young reader in your world will want the first book also. Our suggestion is to get both books: Nate Rocks The World (4.7 stars, 39 reviews, $2.99) and Nate Rocks The Boat (4.9 stars, 15 reviews, $2.99). We are sure they will not dissappoint the young reader in your life.
“Nate Rocks is back and better than ever! Author Karen Pokras Toz sticks with a formula that works in her sequel Nate Rocks the Boat.” ~ Stacey Rourke, Amazon Review
“Although predictable from an adults point of view I think this has the perfect amount of excitement to keep the target age engaged (8-12 years). The terminology used, the voice and the little details are all age appropriate, if I was a parent of a child in this age group I would definitely be buying the whole series. ~ MJ, Amazon Review
Book Description: The Adventure Continues… With fourth grade finally winding down, 10-year-old Nathan Rockledge is looking forward to a fun and relaxing summer at home with his friends. That is, until his mom decides he has to go to overnight camp with his annoying older sister. When his best friend Tommy decides to tag along, Nathan thinks maybe his summer won’t actually be so bad. After all, he does get to be away from his mom’s awful cooking for an entire six weeks. Amongst Color War competitions, a flaky counselor, and a bully named “No-Neck,” Nathan turns to his trusty sketchpad, transforming himself into Nate Rocks: 10-year-old extraordinaire. His speedboat ready for action, Nate saves the day time and again from the perils of floods, snakes, ghosts, and even the most wanted criminals.
Join Nathan, Tommy, Abby, and a whole new cast of characters as Nate Rocks once again proves nothing can hold him back. … Read more on Amazon.

About the Author: Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife and mom. Karen grew up in 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, which won First Place for Children’s Chapter Books and the Grand Prize Overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for a Global E-Book Award for Pre-Teen Literature. In 2012, Karen published the second in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat, followed by middle grade novel, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).
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“Readers who enjoy the narrative style of Judy Blume will appreciate the youthful voice that comes through in the dialogue. There aren’t just a whole lot of really good books out for middle grade boys that are written where they can relate to the worries and angst of 8 or 10 year old younger siblings. Something else I think young readers will appreciate is the descriptive details interwoven throughout the story. I had no trouble picturing the camp, the games or the final adventure.” ~ LAS Reviewer, Amazon Review
Praise for Nate Rocks the World
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.
Nate Rocks the World

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