Nate Rocks the Boat

Nate Rocks the Boat

by Karen Pokras Toz


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Nate Rocks the Boat by Karen Pokras Toz

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984860814
Publisher: Grand Daisy Press
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range: 7 - 12 Years

About the Author

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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Nate Rocks the Boat 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
So when I saw this book for free on Amazon I figured K would love to read it, it would be a good chapter book. I was wrong, I think this book was a bit much for K as he seemed like he would enjoy it then soon lose interest. I don't believe it to be the book but more of K not liking a book with no pictures, he would still like to read books with pictures in it. You have Nate who is going to Summer Camp and of course he is not too excited about that is until he gets there and starts pretty much drawing himself becoming Nate Rocks and saving the day time and time again. There are plenty of activities to keep him busy and enjoying camp. The author did a great job with Nate's imagination that I wish my own children had one like him, though I am sure after a while you could find yourself in trouble. There is humor within the story and some giggle moments involving one of the camp counselors which I think kids will like. The sibling rivalry between Nate and his older sister Abby had me think of how K and A annoy one another just like these two and I am sure as they both get older they will be doing almost the same things as both of these characters. I think children who will like adventure and daydreaming would enjoy this book. I plan on reading this to K when he is a bit older as I think he may enjoy it a bit more than he did now.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Once again Nate rocks in "Nate Rocks the Boat", the second book in the 'Nate Rocks' series. A truly fun and entertaining read for middle grade readers. As an adult I totally enjoyed this book and don't worry if you didn't read the first book "Nate Rocks the World"... the book can be read as a stand alone. A total must read, especially for boys around 8-10 years of age! This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
This young adult story is all about Nathan Rockledge. I was slightly confused when I started reading because this actually is the second book in the series. I didn't realize that until I got to the end. I am sure my initial confusion would never have existed if I had actually started with Nate Rocks the World. That said, this story focuses on Nathan's overnight summer camp experience. Normally he would attend a day camp with his two best friends, but this summer has some family issues (not 100% sure what) that has caused his parents to put him over night camp. Nathan is not happy about it, but at least is able to get one of his friends to go with him. Reading about their summer makes me think that Nathan doesn't really enjoy this camp very much. However at the end he indicates that he just might want to go the next year as well. What makes this story interesting, and at times confusing, is that any time you give Nathan a piece of paper and something to write with he becomes Nate Rocks. Nate Rocks is his super hero alter ego. The transition between the characters is so seamless when he becomes Nate Rocks that you actually think the events are really happening. Someone always comes around to shake him out of his daydreaming, until the one time they don't. Nathan and Nate are both capable of doing some amazing things that only a ten year old boy would dream of. It's a cute story. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
YoursAndMineAREOurs More than 1 year ago
Having not read Nate Rocks The World I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book. I was also concerned that it would be difficult to follow without having read the previous book. However, I had no reason to be concerned as even though this is the second book it is more of a stand alone book. I decided to review this book with my youngest son who is ten. He thoroughly enjoyed this book and it even kept his attention which is no easy feat! As a parent I am a huge fan of any book which is interesting enough to hold the attention of our overactive youngest son. I had thought this book would be a snooze fest for me as the mom however I have to admit that I enjoyed it too! Both my son and me are looking forward to reading more about Nate's adventures in Nate Rocks The World, next. I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Nate is your regular, average ten-year-old except than whenever he starts daydreaming, or gets stuck in some peculiar situations, he begins draw comic books in which he doubles as Nate Rocks, a brave and intelligent superhero. Nate’s ideal summer holiday meant hanging out with his best friend Tommy and doing absolutely nothing, chilling out and relaxing all summer long. Unfortunately, his Mom has other plans. She’s convinced Nate should go with his sister Abby to overnight camp. Although that’s the last thing Nate wants, when his buddy Tommy shows up as well, he realizes overnight camp may not be as terrible as he first envisioned. Plus, at least summer camp means he won’t have to eat his Mom’s terrible food for six weeks. Summer camp has never been this exciting before. Imaginative and creative Nate ends up from one hilarious, sometimes even dangerous situation into another. Canoeing, scavenger hunts and kickball turns from ordinary sports into true adventures as Nate Rocks saves the camp from a flood, he saves another kid from being bitten by a rattler, and a lot more! Even camp bullies aren’t safe from Nate Rocks. Like the title of the book suggests, the water often proves to be the source of the danger Nate has to overcome, and every time he does, he does so in typical Nate Rocks fashion. This is a must-read book for all kids, especially boys, of around age ten. The Nate Rocks series shows how young reagers can use the imagination of their brain while still knowing it’s imagination – not real. The adventures happening to Nate are close to home for a lot of kids, and they’ll easily recognize themselves in the characters. I very much enjoyed reading this book, and am keeping my fingers crossed author Karen Pokras Toz decides to write more books in the Nate Rocks series.
MLGarrett More than 1 year ago
Author Karen Pokras Toz has managed to do it again with Nate Rocks the Boat, the follow-up to Nate Rocks the World. I read a digital version of this book to my 10-year-old son as an Advanced Reading Copy, and we laughed throughout. I even took it on my Kindle to the pediatrician's office and read ahead without my son, and I couldn't help but giggle out loud. Nate's voice stays true from one book to the other for the simple fact that Poz is able to accurately portray a day in the life of a 10-year-old boy. Trust me, if you've got a son, you'll likely relate to Nate's adventures. I'll definitely be buying a print version of this book. If you haven't read either Nate Rocks the World or Nate Rocks the Boat, you're seriously missing out! PS - Someone get this author an agent and publishing contract, 'cause she's the real deal!
Gethsemane More than 1 year ago
Eager for the fourth grade to end, Nathan Rockledge is looking forward to spending time with his best friend, Tommy, for the summer. His parents, unfortunately, thwart his plans. They’ve decreed that Nate will be spending the summer at camp, but he’s not going there alone. His older sister is going within him so that she can keep an eye on him in order to make sure he doesn’t get into any trouble. Determined to make the most of the situation, Nate is glad he doesn’t have to spend the summer catering to his sister’s needs. His best friend, Tommy, will be joining him at camp and he’s sure they’ll have a blast together. Nate makes sure to take along his trusty sketch pad and his coloring pencils while also making his preparations for camp. The thought of not having to eat his mother’s dreadful cooking for the next six weeks entices him and he begins to look forward to camp with each day that passes. The thought of making new friends and traipsing through the countryside peaks his interest further, but first he needs to get through the going-away party his mother has put together as well as spending time with the annoying Lisa Crane. Soon, Nate’s adventures begin as they set off towards camp. Using whatever he can find along the way as a canvas, he opens up his imagination to paint vivid pictures of a world only he can see. From saving a kid, working for the FBI, and chasing ghosts away, Nate immerses himself in a myriad of adventures while making the most of his time at camp with every step he takes. This was such a delight to read – a great adventure that will keep the reader’s attention riveted to every turn of the page. Children, and adults alike, will enjoy such a wonderful story. While this is the second book of such a great series, the book can certainly stand alone. I look forward to reading more of Nate’s adventures as they become available. Kudos to Karen for continuing to write such intriguing books!
avalonpriestess More than 1 year ago
Karen has done it again! It's very difficult to find a book that boys will love. Nate fills the bill. My 11 year old son laughed all through Nate. This is the second installment in the Nate series. It's fantastic to read about a great kid who knows how to use his imagination. Nate's adventures from the first book were mostly imaginary. In this book, Nate gets to have actual, real life adventures. Don't be concerned, he uses his imagination plenty! Nate is at Overnight Camp with his friend and (gasp!!) his older, pain in the neck, sister. Karen pays attention to every detail of the story. When you read, you are at camp with Nate. There is a great ending which allows Nate to compete with his sister. I have to say, I never attended camp as a kid, I think I missed out on something. There is a great lesson about friendship in this book. The lesson is given in a fun to read manner. Kids, especially boys, will love this book. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long for Nate's next adventure.