Nate Rocks the World

Nate Rocks the World

by Karen Pokras Toz


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Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz

2012 UP Author Award Runner Up for Best First Chapter & Best Cover

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984860807
Publisher: Grand Daisy Press
Publication date: 11/28/2011
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 7 - 13 Years

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).

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Nate Rocks the World 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Brenda C More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda C. for Readers Favorite Nate Rockledge is a ten year old boy dealing with fourth grade, he isn't into girls or sports, instead he likes to draw in his sketch book and he is pretty good at it! While he is drawing his imagination takes him on fantastic adventures where he is always saving the world, but when something happens and he really needs to save the day can he do it? I loved Nate, his character is so relate-able, the relationship that he has with his sister seems very typical, and the way he describes his mother's cooking often had me laughing out loud, but I found it touching that he was determined not to hurt his mom's feelings so he kept his thoughts about her cooking to himself.My favorite parts of the story were the adventures that Nate's imagination takes us on, the author writes them in such a smooth, detailed way that I could just imagine them actually happening. The way this story was written it actually felt like I was seeing things thru the eyes of a ten year old. From the ordeals that he has with Lisa Crane, to the spats he has with his sister, or spending the evening at his best friend Tommy's house, each scene comes to life and seems so realistic. I loved the positive relationship that Nate has with his parents. While I think the cover art on this book will capture the eye of a young boy, but the story inside will certainly capture their imaginations.As an older person I found myself thoroughly enjoying the story, it sort of reminded me of the books I read when I was a kid. I think Nate and his adventures would make a great television or cartoon series. A great book that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone. On a scale of one to five I would give this book a six because it's just that good.
Rita V More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite Nate Rocks the World is a quirky, laugh out loud, feel good book written by Karen Pokras Toz. Nate Rockledge is an ordinary ten year old boy who dislikes sports, is irritated by his tormenting older sister and is frustrated by his over-meddling parents. He is like any other pre-teen boy except, he has something the other kids do not have. He has a unique and rare creative outlet which allows him to be a Super Hero or a World Series Champion on a whim! Life for a fourth grade boy is tough enough, but classmate Lisa Crane, likes to push Nate's buttons on a daily basis. When life's challenges get tough, Nate is able to escape into a different world with his imagination, daydreams and drawings. Through his alter ego, 'Nate Rocks', he can conquer the world with Captain Asteroid and defeat villains such as the Evil Doctor Shadow. When he becomes Nate Rocks, he can do anything and face all of his fears, but will Nate be able to do the same in real life situations? Karen Pokras Toz truly writes a masterpiece on paper with Nate Rocks. The cover of the book is captivating and catches the interest of the reader immediately. Each chapter flows smoothly and the plot is solid. Children, ages 9-14 will be able to relate to this book the best, but not limited to this age group. This book is perfect for any grade school child, whether it is boys or girls because they can relate to the difficulties and frustrations of life at that age. Children will also be able to escape their own reality right alongside with Nate. Society today seems to push children to be competitive, to be in sports, to excel at everything they do, when in fact, children just want to be children. They want to play super heroes, daydream and be allowed to have an imagination. This book encourages the magic that is missing from our children's lives and inspires children to follow their dreams. This book is one that children will definitely want to read and not put down. Karen Pokras Toz hits "Nate Rocks" right out of the ballpark!
Anne B More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite In Nate Rocks The World, we meet none other than Nathan Rockledge, aka Nate Rocks, a ten year old boy with a delightful imagination. He’s always the last kid chosen for sports but in his imagination he’s a major league play and he can hear the crowd around him screaming, “Nate, Nate, Nate, Nate,” unfortunately it is usually his mother calling him to dinner. By the way she is a terrible cook and not very good at sewing either. Nate’s dreams take him out west along with his spurs, to the White House where the President depends on Nate to find the spy, and into space where once again comes to the rescue of the world. Nate has a pesky, bossy, mean big sister. She loves to pick on him. His father likes to tell the same stories over and over and acts like it is the first times he’s ever told it. Nate and his best friend Tommy are trying to find really cool costumes for Halloween. When they all head to Florida for winter vacation things start to go wrong but just maybe Nate can save the day. Nate Rocks The World by Karen Pokras Toz brings us a tale that will please girls, boys and adults. The target audience is boys 9-12 however; I think much broader audience will enjoy this book. This book is right up there with “Middle School: Worst Years of My Life” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” I very much enjoyed both books but think both authors better keep an eye on MS Toz, she is their competition. The characters are sure to delight all readers. Readers will find to plot easy to relate too. I just ordered copies for my grandsons. Please MS Toz more Nate!
RiteshKala_BookReviews More than 1 year ago
I really did not know what I was getting into when I picked up this book to read. The only thing I knew was that it is absolutely and completely outside the genres I generally read. Why did I pick it up then? For one, I have been trying to expand my reading by getting into completely different genres. You will most likely see me reviewing a chicklit soon! Also, I imagined this to be a `superhero book' and I just couldn't pass up that opportunity. So, here's what I found out through this experiment. I can read genres other than fantasy / scifi / mystery and like them. Also, I found that this book which is suitable for 9-12 year olds to be very interesting. And lastly, this IS a book about superheroes, but not in the traditional "flying, super strength and crime fighting" sense. Nate is a normal 10-yearold. He has all the problems which every kid that age faces. He does not like sports and is always picked last for everything. His sister, Abby takes pleasure in torturing him at every opportunity. He tries to run away from his mother's horrible cooking, but rarely succeeds. His mother insists on making his Halloween costumes even though she can't sew. His dad is quite cool, but he keeps reminiscing about his childhood and boring the kids with oft-repeated stories. And finally, there is the bane of his life, his classmate Lisa Crane who he just can't stand. So what does he do to escape from all these problems? Nate has a passion for drawing and gets lost in the world he creates and draws as cartoons. In fact he keeps getting into trouble as this results in him daydreaming in school, at home, with friends and even while playing games. His stories, which are inspired by life around him, feature him as the hero routinely saving the world from destruction or helping the President in finding a spy. I really liked the fact that in each chapter, we find Nate going on another adventure in this world which he creates. I think this will keep the young readers interested, as they move from one adventure to the next. This also allows the book to be read in parts and helps in kids not getting bored with the story. The author has done a wonderful job of tying these discrete adventures into a wonderful story. All the characters in the book fit perfectly in their roles and no one seems out of place or forced. Although the story is about a normal family with normal issues, the story moves through at a fast pace and does not drag anywhere. This, I think should be necessary for all MG books. Any place where the story lets up even a little bit can result in kids losing interest and not wanting to push through those sections. With kids reading less every day, a book which can keep them hooked throughout should definitely garner interest from parents. Finally, I'd like to say that I loved the ending. While reading the book, I was hoping that the ending does not fizzle out. The author definitely did not let me down on that count. When the time comes and real life calls Nate to action, does he step up to the plate and deliver? Can he be a real life hero and actually save the day? Will he be able to step out of his imaginary world, into the real one and do the right thing? I won't give the ending away, and I'd ask you to read the book to find out. All I will tell you is, I loved the ending where two enemies finally seem to become friends, if only for a little while.
usafe7ret More than 1 year ago
Nathan Rockledge is a 10 year old fourth grader who lives with his parents and older sister Abby in an average town in the United States. In this book Nate encounters the typical experiences of a fourth grader including having to put up with a very annoying older sister who treats him like he is the worst thing that could happen to her. Some of Nate's school experiences include having to work on a school project with a girl who he can't stand, daydreaming in class and getting caught at it, and having a mother who means well but by doing some of the things that she does, makes his life even more embarrassing than ever. Nate would prefer to just draw, read, see the latest Captain Asteroid movie, and hang out with his friends Tommy and Sam. Unfortunately, life isn't as simple as that. There were so many events in this book that I was able to connect to that I feel like the author studied my life before writing the book. Like Nate, I also had no athletic ability when I was in school and therefore was always the last one chosen for pick up games at recess, if I even got picked at all. Nate's mom doesn't see the sense in spending money to purchase something that she can easily make like Halloween costumes and Valentine's Day cards. Although my mom wasn't that bad, I could certainly connect with how Nate felt whenever he had to take them out in public. The humiliation is almost more than one can bear. I was also able to connect with Nate's feelings towards his sister Abby who treats him the same way his classmates do. Although my older sister was not that bad, we weren't the best of friends either as we went through those growing years. This book was such an enjoyable read because the author has made all of the characters so realistic and believable. As I read I found myself really liking Nate and Tommy and disliking Abby. I also liked Nate's Dad as he seems like a pretty good guy who, although a bit clueless (I think he has forgotten what it was like when he was Nate's age), really seems to understand how hard it is for a boy growing up. His mom, although likable, strikes me as a typical girl who either didn't have troubles as she grew up or doesn't care and thinks that kids should just "get over it." Either way, I'm sure glad that she wasn't my Mom. I highly recommend this book to boys in the 9-12 years age range. I'm not sure if girls would enjoy it or not but I certainly wouldn't discourage them from reading it. Even if they can't relate, maybe they'll learn something about what boys go through as they struggle to fit in in the upper elementary school grades. The book was easy to read with short chapters which lend themselves to being read in short spurts if necessary. All this being said, there is one thing I didn't care for in the book and that was the way that it ended. I feel like the ending was rather abrupt rather than being worked to a well rounded ending. I look forward to reading the further adventures of Nate Rocks as they come out.
franellan More than 1 year ago
Science projects can be a real challenge or a real drag. Poor Nathan got stuck working with Lisa Crane on his latest project. Not only that, Lisa loves to report his actions to her mother who repeats everyone to his mom too. Is there no privacy or loyalty among kids anymore? So, when Lisa comes over to start working on their project Nathan does what any potential super hero would do, enter his own imaginative world, solve world problems, even help the Phillies win the World Series and let the world know that he is not just a hazard waiting to happen when near him but a really great kid with tons of artistic talent. The story begins with Nathan daydreaming and drawing pictures of himself helping the Phillies win the World Series when his mother brings him out of his revere. Going to school poor Nathan hopes for indoor recess where he can just doodle on his pad, create comic pictures and enjoy his time away from the classroom. But, unfortunately he gets stuck with football that day and he is not very good. Coming home he finds out his mother already knows about his science project, while eating her horrific dinner fit for no one and hoping she won¿t pack if for his lunch the following day, poor Nathan has not choice but to escape back into his own special world where success comes easily and appreciation widespread. If only everyone could see him as he really is. Added to the story is a story who enjoys riding him, a father transfixed on his work and constantly recounts stories from his past reliving each event point by point, sending Nate off to dream world in order cope with reality. Poor Nathan gets stuck working on his science project on Saturday when he would rather spend time at the movies with his best friend Tommy. Captain Asteroid is the movie they want to see and he is totally disappointed that he is stuck at home working on his science project with Lisa who has already decided they would create a Prism much more. While taking notes about the subject something happens that takes Nathan into his own special plane of reality and he hears the voice of his favorite super hero Captain Asteroid who needs him to help with a serious crisis. The world is devoid of color and unless Nathan can figure out how bring it back there was no hope for the world. What would learning about prisms have to do with saving the world from being colorless, find out how Nathan does it and why Captain Asteroid thinks Nate Rocks for you! When Nathan is called to the front of his classroom to present his project and poster it seems Lisa has blindsided him by recreating another poster in her own fashion claiming his was ruined. Voicing his opinion to her went on deaf ears. Going home he decided on his Halloween costume when a unique idea to become a cowboy came from his sister as a strange source and then Nathan reverts back into his dream world as he once again takes on the persona of whatever character or figure that comes into play. So, Nate thinks he is now in a western town and has to save a damsel in distress plus prevent the bandits from taking over town. Can this 10-year-old Nate do it? Then his sister does something to embarrass him on Halloween and it is time to pay her back for all she has done. Why not get even on her birthday. Going to get his father¿s rakes back from a neighbor Nate turns into a Rock Star guitar and all. Is there anything this ten-year old can¿t do? Desmond Harper the real performer had a problem someone made his sk
Audrey_Bounty More than 1 year ago
Nathan Rockledge appears to be your average 10-year-old boy. He doesn't like girls, and his older sister, Abby is constantly torturing him. However, Nate often escapes reality when his imagination takes him off to places like outer space and the wild west! In his imagination, Nate is always saving the day in one situation or another, and sometimes you get put in a situation where experiences from your imagination can help you in real life! The ending definitely leaves it open for a sequel, and I do not believe Nate Rocks will be done having adventures any time in the near future! Very good story for children!
LisaTortorello More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz. As a teacher, I can see many students being interested in Nate and his story even reluctant readers. Nathan Rockledge is a boy who does okay in school, has some friends, but he also loves to draw. Many children will be able to relate to Nathan as his drawings and doodles set him on a course of day-dreams that turn Nathan Rockledge into Nate Rocks where nothing can go wrong. This story also shows a good family dynamic between Nathan and his older sister who always seems to be "going through a phase". A very entertaining read!
JL_Whitehead More than 1 year ago
Reading books with the target audience being children has always held a remote curiosity for me. For starters, it allows me the opportunity to read something that is outside of my normal genre of works to review. The curiosity comes because I get to see just how much children's books have changed in the last thirty to forty years. Nate Rocks the World is a far cry from Curious George or Dr. Seuss. This work is written for the more mature individual; a child that falls within the ages of 7 to 12. If the audience were any younger, the language in which the book is written would go over their heads; and if the audience were older, the storyline would be lost since clearly, children are reading stories with more mature themes. Karen Toz manages to capture the imagination of a boy who doesn't have to deal with life's grim realities where he has to grow up too soon. Perhaps this is what makes Nate Rocks the World so enjoyable. Nestled within the pages of Toz's work is the innocence that is clearly lacking for our children in this day in age. She manages to paint images of idyllic childhood situations that only a small boy could dream of, and does it with a flair that is both light-hearted and endearing. Nate Rocks the World transports me to the times of Hopscotch, Mother-May-I, Freeze-Tag and One-Two-Three Redlight, but does it on the terms of a child living in 2013. The story tells of the day to day events within the life of a fourth grader who flows back and forth between his vivid imagination and his normal everyday life with his friends and family. In a word, Nate Rocks! I strongly encourage the author to keep writing in the style that she does, because her work lifts the heart and manages to bring a smile to the face of all who reads it. Hats off to Karen Toz.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
NATE ROCKS!  Karen pens "Nate Rocks the World" with a great imaginative story line that will keep your child engaged from beginning to end. I totally loved the book just like the rest of Nate's adventures. Highly recommended for all children, especially boys in the 8-10 year old range. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
Nate Rocks the World is a children/YA book. I previously reviews Nate Rocks the Boat back in December which is actually the second book in the series. You get a glimpse at what will happen in book two of what happens in book one, but really you can read them in any order. Nathan is the primary character in the story, but when he daydreams he becomes Nate Rocks. This happens pretty much any time he is writing/drawing. In this book, Captain Asteroid, the comic superhero he follows currently, shows up time and time again to get Nate to do things he didn't think possible. His imagination runs rampant creating scenarios where whatever he has been doing before the day dream morphs into a situation where a hero is needed and only Nate can solve the problem. It's your standard ten year old day dreams really. What makes the story unique is that by the end of the book, Nathan is actually called to save his sister and her friend from drowning in the ocean. Nate Rocks doesn't make an appearance, instead Nathan is all the hero that is needed. It's a cute story that a young boy will definitely relate to and love. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
GeoLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Nate Rocks the World is a fun middle school contemporary novel perfect for children who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. Nate is a nice kid who spends a good deal of his time daydreaming about being a hero. Whether it is saving the day at a baseball game or helping a superhero save the planet, Nate enjoys drawing comics of his adventures. But when his help is truly needed, will he have the courage to step in and save the day?
YoursAndMineAREOurs More than 1 year ago
Having already read and thoroughly enjoyed Nate Rocks The Boat I wondered if this book would be a letdown. Boy were my son and I pleasantly surprised! We thoroughly enjoyed Nate Rocks The World as much as if not more than Nate Rocks The Boat. I decided to review this book with my youngest son who is ten. As I mentioned previously I am a huge fan of any book which is interesting enough to hold the attention of our overactive youngest son. It was a pleasure seeing him so engrossed in the story that he literally did not want to put it down! I highly recommend purchasing Nate Rocks The World and Nate Rocks The Boat. These would make great Christmas gifts or a fun activity for parents to share with their children on a snowy day. **I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.**
purplerose75 More than 1 year ago
My review: Reading books for this age group now that I'm a mom is a little weird. In one scene, Nate's father is recalling an incident involving his own father, a marshmallow, and a microwave. My first thought was, "They wouldn't have had a microwave back then." Except that *I* have a ten-year-old, which makes me around same age (if not older than) Nate's parents. And we had a microwave "back then". I know I'm getting old when I'm closer to the age of the parents in the story than the kids. Poor Nate has to deal with his mom's bad cooking, an annoying older sister, and a tattle-tale classmate, when all he really wants to do is draw. His sister irritated me, and his oblivious parents weren't much better. But I loved that the whole book wasn't a constant complaint about his family. It's not completely horrible in their home, and their Christmas morning traditions sound like a lot of fun. I loved the ending, too, but of course, I won't tell you more about that. :-) The 10-year-old's review: It was a really good book. I read it four times. (What he doesn't say is that the afternoon it came in the mail, he and the book immediately disappeared for a couple hours. After he read it, he allowed me to read it, but I had to give it right back.) I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Nate Rocks The World is one of two stand-alone MG novels written by author Karen Pokras Toz. The other novel, Nate Rocks The Boat, features the same main character, but each can be read seperately, although connected. When I first began reading Nate Rocks The World, I didn’t know what to expect. This is the first ever self-published MG novel I’ve ever read. It certainly didn’t dissapoint – instead it was a new and rewaring experience. What I loved the most about this book, is Nate’s creativity. He can’t stay focused. Give him a pencil, a marker, or whatever you want, and he starts drawing comics in which he acts as the hero and solves mysteries. Unfortunately for Nate, real life isn’t a comic book. While he would like nothing more than to go see the latest captain Asteroid movie with his best friends, he’s forced to stay at home to work on a project for school with a girl he can stand, who tells her Mom everything, and whose Mom tells all of that to Nate’s Mom, because they happen to best friends. Nate is often teased by his older sister Abby, he daydreams in school and gets caught doing so, and although his parents mean well, they always tend to embarass him. Basically, he’s suffering from the same things every fourth grader suffers from, with this exception – if it all gets too much, he starts drawing comics and escapes to his fantasy world. I really enjoyed Nate’s adventures, and his enormous amount of humor and creativity. I can only imagine how much ten-year-olds will enjoy this as well. The book is written more for boys than for girls, but I think a girl would be able to relate to Nate as well. He’s a nice kid, and the events happening to him are easily relatable. For instance, when it’s Halloween, his Mom doesn’t see why she should purchase a halloween outfit for him. Instead she sets off to make one herself. The consequences are disastrous, because as it turns out, Mom can’t even make a proper cape! When Nate’s sister Abby manages to embarrass him even more on Halloween, Nate and his buddies decide it’s payback time. And Abby’s birthday sounds like the best place and location to get even. The humor in this book is amazing, the characters are believable and relatable for parents and childrens alike, and the events are close to home, but Nate’s way to deal with them is original, fun and very enjoyable. A must-read for all MG book fans. I’m looking forward to getting started on the next book in this series. Nate Rocks The World deserves a spot in your book closet right now.
butterfly_readers More than 1 year ago
From the first page the reader is whisked away deep into the depths of Nate’s Imagination. The ten- year old is very realistic and relatable to children his age. You may know a Nate or are a Nate. Nate Rocks is about a ten- year old boy who has an annoying older sister, thinks his mom is trying to poison him with her terrible cooking and is not good at sports. The quirky ten- year old loves to draw cartoons that come to life. I loved every minute of reading this story. It brought me back to the tender age of ten where the biggest problems were what to be for Halloween, dealing with annoying older siblings and school. The most wonderful thing about this book was Nate’s ability to get sucked into a world of imagination. I think every child should experience the joy of creating a world of fantasy. This is a perfect book for 3rd-6th graders.
Gethsemane More than 1 year ago
Armed with a vivid imagination and a passion for drawing, Nathan Rockledge’s world is never dull. It’s his way of dealing with being in the fourth grade as well as having an overbearing thirteen-year-old sister and the pressures of home. Nate can’t help the fact that his imagination runs away with him more times than he can count. His dreams and drawings are the only things that make his life worthwhile, passions from which he’ll never part. His parents aren’t thrilled that he spends most of his time immersed within his imaginary worlds. They want the best for him, even if Nate can’t quite see that as of yet. His sister believes he’s a hindrance within her every day life and she’ll do everything she can to make him feel inferior. Nate isn’t one to be left behind and makes sure he takes turns at upsetting her world whenever possible. After all, sibling rivalries aren’t that much fun unless you can give as much as you get, right? Losing himself in the world around him, Nate is able to perform extraordinary feats in order to save those who need a helping hand. There’s never a dull moment in his life, as there’s nothing he wouldn’t do in order to make sure his world is fine and dandy. With his sketch and coloring pencils in hand, every aspect of the world he lives in comes to life in vivid color. Nate dives into his adventures head on, content in giving a helping hand wherever it’s needed. A world of his making, Nate’s dreams come true in the oddest, yet most intriguing of ways. This allows him to share his passions with his friends and family, even if they don’t understand where he’s coming from in the first place. This was such a delightful read. Karen uses Nate’s passion for drawing to bring to life the unique situations he finds himself in. Each and every adventure is something any child can relate to. The book is beautifully written in a manner that a child of any age can easily understand the story. I enjoyed this first book of a truly wonderful series.
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SM_Johnson More than 1 year ago
I read this myself, and now it's on my list to read with my 8 year old daughter. She likes reading on my e-reader, and I love knowing I have a surprise read for her. Nate was just so much fun - I love his imagination, and how in his daydreams he's always the hero. Give Nate Rocks the World to your kids working on Silent Self Reading - I think they'll like it! I read a Kindle edition, but I'm pretty sure I've seen this title on the shelves at major retailers, too - and trust, it deserves the shelf space!