Nate Rocks the School by Karen Pokras Toz and Giveaway


Nate Rockledge and gang are back in the third volume of the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the School by Karen Pokras Toz. Now in fifth grade, Nathan, Tommy, and Sam are glad to take advantage of being older. Mom finally concedes to having Nate’s birthday party outside of the house for once. There’s baseball at recess and a cool Halloween dance to help the class raise necessary funds for the annual fifth grade trip to New York City. But when the trip to NYC is  at risk of being canceled, Nate steps up to help with the fundraising committee. With paper and pencil in hand, Nate Rockledge becomes Nate Rocks, saving the town from evil robots and helping recover stolen paintings and cars.

I’ve enjoyed this series since the beginning. In this latest book in the Nate Rocks series, Toz lets loose her imagination and sense of humor once again to come up with a great middle grade adventure story boys will love. Familiar and new characters blend together in this zany story filled with Nate’s mom’s horrible cooking, whiny complaints from know-it-all Lisa Crane, annoying older sister jabs from Abby, Dad’s poor storytelling, and the adventures of one creative boy stuck in the middle of it all. A neat surprise ending winds down this story that moves along at a good clip.

This series keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to see what Nate is up to next.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 138 pages
Publisher: Grand Daisy Press (February 20, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984860878
ISBN-13: 978-0984860876

A Word from Lisa Crane

Hey everyone – it’s me, Lisa Crane. For those of you who have been following this tour, I need to set the record straight. You know what they say – there are two sides to every story. In fact, the only thing in the book, Nate Rocks the School, that’s actually accurate about me is the part where I tell everyone how Nathan got his black eye last summer. Even Abby said it was true, so it must be, right?

Anyway, Nathan makes it sound like he’s doing all the work to try to raise the money we need for our school trip to New York. Well that’s just not true. In fact, if anything, he’s making even more work for us. Yup, that’s right. For example, it was his idea to have two school events, not one.  He’s the one who made us do things on such short notice, and he also did a lousy job trying to get donations. Then to make things even worse, Nathan’s mom insists on making all the food that we’ll sell at the snack table. (Between you and me, everyone in the school knows to stay away from Mrs. Rockledge’s baked goods – even my mom knows that, and she’s Mrs. Rockledge’s best friend!) We’ll barely make any money from snack sales, and that’s usually a big seller!

If you ask me, my ideas for fundraising are so much better. If only Nathan and that best friend of his, Tommy, would listen to me. We’d be done already. When will those boys learn? Anyway – I guess if you want to see how it all turns out, you’ll have to read the book. Just remember what I told you!

Karen Pokras Toz lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. Karen’s middle grade childrens’ novels: Millicent Marie Is Not My Name and the Nate Rocks series, have won several awards including 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. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). Her first adult contemporary novel, invisible, will be released this summer. For more information, please visit


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I received an e-copy of this book from the author through GWR Publicity. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

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Nate Rocks the Boat by Karen Pokras Toz


The adventures and imaginations of Nate Rockledge continue in Nate Rocks the Boat by Karen Pokras Toz.

Having survived fourth grade, Nate is looking forward to spending an entire summer with his friends. His parents have decided he’ll be spending his summer a different way, however–at an overnight summer camp with his older sister, Abby. Ugh! At least he’ll have his best friend Tommy to tag along with. Best of all, his trusty sketchpad can transform him into Nate Rocks, a 10-year-old extraordinaire who battles snakes, floods, ghosts, and criminals.

I was impressed with the first book in this series, Nate Rocks the World, so when I heard Toz had a new book out, I made sure to ask for a copy. This is a middle grade adventure story with a heavy dose of humor. Poor Nate has a mother who can’t cook, an annoying older sister who always tries to ruin things for him, and a father who relives his childhood by telling and retelling numerous stories of his and his brother’s exploits. In this second book of the series, Nate’s plans to hang out at home for the summer get tossed in the air when his mother announces he and Abby are going to summer camp for the next six weeks.

Doesn’t everyone have one of those summer camp horror stories? I know I do. Right off the bat, I want to learn more. Toz relies on her trademark style of imagination, adventure, and humor to bring this story to life. With Camp Spring Ridge counselors, color wars, a no-neck bully, and dining room duty, Nate has a lot going on. Toz immerses the reader in that summer camp experience with a ton of laughs, some Nate Rocks adventures, and a few battle of the sexes antics. This, along with a surprise ending, will keep readers zooming through the pages.

This is a perfect series for reluctant readers and those who enjoy funny adventure stories.

Look for my review of the latest Nate Rocks book tomorrow, Nate Rocks the School.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 142 pages
Publisher: Grand Daisy Press (April 21, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984860819
ISBN-13: 978-0984860814

I received a free e-copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.