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Nate Rocks the Boat (Nate Rocks series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Pokras Toz
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Book Description

Book Two In the Award Winning Nate Rocks Series

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.

Editorial Reviews


 "What can I say? Nate has done it again! The author continues to show us the world from the viewpoint of a ten-year-old child, in a very well done way."- Rute Canhoto, Author

"Nate Rocks The Boat is a fantastic tale filled with adventure, action and, most importantly, imagination. The "Nate Rocks" series recognizes that it is alright to be different. It also shows the pressure that most kids go through. It is difficult to find books that interest boys but this one is sure to pique their interest. I suggest giving your favorite fourth grader a copy of "Nate Rocks The Boat" and sit back and listen for the giggles." - Anne Billings for Readers Favorite

About the Author

Karen Pokras Toz writes middle grade and adult contemporary fiction (as Karen Pokras). Her books have won several awards including two Readers' Favorite Book Awards, First Place in the Children's Chapter Books category and the Grand Prize overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature. A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her family. For more information, please visit and

Product Details

  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Daisy Press (April 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WC1L9I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it a 5 if I was a boy October 12, 2012
My 10 year old niece received a free copy in order to write a review. This is her review:

What is the book about?

It is about a boy that goes to camp and all the weird things that happen.

What was your favorite thing about the book?

When Nate saves a puppy.

What 3 adjectives describes Nate Rocks the Boat?

Good, exciting, a bit humorous

Who would like this book?

Boys 8 - 13 that like books about the fourth grade or maybe if you are in the fourth grade.

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being I hate it and 5 being favorite book EVER, how do you rate it?

Because I'm a girl I say 4, but if I was a boy then it would be a 5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nate Goes to Camp! July 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Nate is back in the sequel to Nate Rocks the World, in which he is not looking forward to spending the summer at Camp Spring Ridge, as Nate is more of dreamer than an outdoor kid, but he changes his mind when he finds out his best friend Tommy is going to camp too. He thinks that maybe this summer will be great, that is until he learns that his annoying older sister, Abby, is going to the camp too.

He has big dreams about the camp, such as eating great food (well better than his mother's cooking), and meeting new friends, but dreams are just dreams as he realizes that camp isn't exactly what he hoped it would be.

Nate has a hard time fitting in with the other kids. The activities are not what he hoped for as he would rather take out his sketchpad and draw than participate in the silly scavenger hunt. The campers are split into teams and they have to compete in an annual competition, which places Nate against Abby.

If you have never read Nate Rocks the World, do not worry as Nate Rocks the Boat is more of a standalone read. The book is aimed at middle grade readers, but adults can enjoy reading it too. The narration reminds me of the Fudge book series by Judy Blume. I like how the author, Kim Pokras Toz, used humor throughout the tale. Nate has a wild imagination from helping out the FBI to saving the camp from snakes. Nate Rocks the Boat is fun read for readers of all ages.

*I would like to thank Goddess Fish Book Tours for providing me with a review copy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nate is back and he still Rocks! April 22, 2012
Welcome to a new adventure with Nate Rocks! In this book, we may get less of Nate Rocks' adventures and more of Nate's adventures, but, this does not make the book any less fun and interesting. I was really happy to see Nate in action. Seeing him living in the real world, and less in the adventures he creates was wonderful!

This book is perfectly created for the MG reader. In this book, Nate is going to summer camp. I remember the time I dreaded to go on one sponsored by my school. I dreaded being away at a new place, among new kids, and having to adjust to a completely new environment. I dreaded the fact that I would not be accepted, would have to face bullies and I would end up doing something stupid or dangerous. Nate also has to face all these things. But, add to it the fact that is elder sister is going to the same camp, and it gets a whole lot worse. The only solace is that he has his best friend along with him. I can imagine, and somewhat remember going through the same problems that Nate does in this book. Every kid wants to be accepted in school and at camp. Most boys, including me, who have an elder sister feel that their sisters are out to get them. Also, we have all been bullied by someone at some point when we are that age (well almost everyone).

I liked all the small details which the author adds to help create the perfect image of every scene in the book. The car ride to the camp, the arrival, the departure of the parents, meeting other boys in the camp, the really hyper camp supervisor, and all the activities at camp all seemed to come to life in the book. It was like I was right there, alongside Nate, experiencing each and every up and down he was going through. And, I enjoyed every minute!

I did miss the consistent banter between Nate and Lisa.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nate's back!! April 22, 2012
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. With her flare for description Toz gives us the heebie jeebies at a slithering rattle snake about to strike, makes us laugh out loud at an over zealous camp counselor, and snicker behind our hand when Nate takes a horse shoe to the face in a backyard game gone wrong. But in the end we learn that thanks to his active imagination and clever thinking Nate truly does rock! This is a must have for the young readers in your life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Nate Rocks March 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought the Nate Rocks books to read with my children. They loved this book! Having never been to camp, everything was a new experience for them right along with Nate. Their favorite part was the ending, and finding out the true identity of The Bobino. Once again, Nate Rocks and saves the day! We have already started the next book in the series and we all hope that Karen Pokras Toz keeps writing these adventures! My kids will surely be re-reading them for a long while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read August 14, 2012
There isn't much that Nathan Rockledge, aka Nate Rocks, can't do, as long as it's on paper or in his imagination. Actually, Nathan is a pretty resourceful young man. Things may not always work out quite as spectacularly as they do in his daydreams but in a pinch Nate really does rock! But can he handle summer camp, No-Neck and worst of all, his older sister, Abby?

In the sequel to Nate Rocks the World, Nathan is taking on a new adventure that is both exciting and pretty darn scary for someone who isn't particularly fond of being stuck in the woods or being forced to compete against his annoying sister. But from reading book one I knew that Nathan wasn't a quitter and having his best friend, Tommy, along was going to make this whole ordeal a whole lot of fun to watch. Ms. Toz did not disappoint. I did kinda miss the verbal sparing Nathan had with Lisa from book one but there are plenty of new characters introduced at Camp Spring Ridge to fill in the void.

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.

Speaking of the final adventure, I couldn't have asked for a better ending. Ms. Toz weaves in a "moral to the story" sequence of events that will make parents happy to let their kids read these books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++++
Such a cute story. Love this! Would recommend.
Published 2 months ago by S. Unangst
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Summer Camp Tale
The book is very interesting and entertaining. It would appeal to children of various ages, especially those who have attended a summer camp. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Becky C-A
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I thought that this book was great. It is definitely adventure packed. I would recommend this book to someone who like a good adventure. Read more
Published 20 months ago by rtjt3
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and Funny Middle Grade Adventure Story
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. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Cheryl C. Malandrinos
5.0 out of 5 stars Nate
I haven't had an opportunity to read this book yet, but I'm sure that I will like it based on the little paragraph that tells about the book!
Published 24 months ago by Specialkay
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read!
What an enjoyable read this was. The characterisation of Nathan Rockledge was great - so typical of a large number of ten-year-old boys. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Carlie Cullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Nate rocks is awesome!!
This story is full of twists and turns but one surprise you would never think of when you read this book.
Published on February 18, 2013 by Kelli Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Olivia Rose not Lonnie Lehrer
I love this book Nate rocks the boat is about a boy and a black eye and the most embarrassing part was when she kiss me and said you saved my life little
Published on February 17, 2013 by LL
5.0 out of 5 stars Daydreamers Delight
This is my review copied from my blog,

My Review - 4. Read more
Published on February 13, 2013 by BookHeathens
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
It's certainly a really good book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a hilarious boy who daydreams like it's really happening!
Published on February 12, 2013 by Andrea McGehee
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More About the Author

Karen Pokras writes adult contemporary and middle grade fiction under the names Karen Pokras and Karen Pokras Toz. Her books have won several awards including two Readers' Favorite Book Awards, the Grand Prize in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature. Karen is a member of the Society of the Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). For children, her books include the Nate Rocks series, Millicent Marie is Not My Name, and Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas. For adult readers, Karen's books include Chasing Invisible, and her newly released, Whispered Wishes series. A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her family. For more information, visit and

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