Nate Rocks the World

Rated 4.43/5 based on 7 reviews
Nathan Rockledge – Just your average fourth-grader, with an overprotective mom, hardworking dad, and pain-in-the-neck big sister? Or the coolest action hero the world (or at least his ordinary, suburban neighborhood) has ever known? Only time will tell. This much is for sure, though: Nate Rocks!

Follow the quirky and imaginative adventures of Nathan Rockledge as his drawings come to life. More

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About Karen Pokras Toz

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

About the Series: Nate Rocks
Follow the adventures of 10 year old Nathan Rockledge as his imagination comes to life starring himself as Nate Rocks.

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Review by: Coral Russell on Feb. 19, 2012 :
This reminds me of Big Nate. It was very interesting and very funny. I would like to see it as a play. He draws a bunch of cartoons because sometimes his mind goes blank and he imagines things. Great reading for boys and girls. I think this would be good for ages 10-18. This review was written by an eleven year old girl.
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
Review by: White Sun Press on Jan. 22, 2012 :
A cute middle grade story about a boy named Nate who lives in his own world, at least part of the time. He struggles with school, a bratty older sister, and the daughter of his mom's best friend, who rats him out on everything and takes credit for their partnered projects at school...and ends on a sweet note where a lot of those struggles are (mostly) resolved. A cute, light read, fun for almost reminded more of books that were around when I was a kid, without a lot of modern bite to it at all.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: SM Johnson on Jan. 11, 2012 :
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!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: D. Robert Pease on Oct. 21, 2011 :
Nate Rockledge isn't your typical ten-year-old. Even when life throws him curve balls (or kick balls as the case may be) he knows exactly how to have a good time. His imagination takes him from hitting the winning home run, to the wild west, to the reaches of space. Your kids will love riding along with Nate as he jumps from one adventure to the next. They'll enjoy every minute of it, because quite simply, Nate Rocks!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Kristy K. James on Sep. 18, 2011 :
When fall weather arrives, I start thinking about Christmas in earnest. And having read so many good reviews for Nate Rocks the World,

All I can say is that Nate would make a great gift for any grade-school child who enjoys reading. Karen Pokras Toz captures the adolescent imagination perfectly in Nate Rockledge.

Think Ralphie in 'A Christmas Story.' If you enjoyed that movie, you'll enjoy this book.

So do your kids (nieces, nephews, grandkids, etc...) a favor and let them have fun as Nate rocks from one adventure to another, all the while having to deal with an annoying sister, a mom who makes life interesting, a fantastic father, and a best friend who is very cool as best friends go.

Even if you're an adult, I bet you'll be grinning at the end. I know because I was. :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Chaz Young on July 29, 2011 :
Wonderfully funny and an engaging read! It brought out the 4th grader in me, and I thoroughly loved it.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Ben Langhinrichs on July 6, 2011 :
Nate Rockledge is ten years old, and he has many of the difficulties boys of his age face. His mother is a truly terrible cook. His father reminisces endlessly about past glories. His thirteen year old sister taunts him mercilessly.

But Nate has a secret. Like a fourth grade Walter Mitty, Nate dreams of heroic adventures where he saves the day, and often the life of the cute Madeline who lives across the street, although Nate! Unfortunately, after saving the day, he is left with little but the comics he draws and the wish that he could do something real. Little does he know how close the chance for real heroics is.

I love the way the author seamlessly blends Nate's real life and his fantasies of heroism and excitement. Middle grade readers, especially on the younger end, will easily relate to the loose boundaries between real life and fantasy, and will also instantly relate to the real trials and tribulations Nate faces with his family and friends.

I can easily recommend this book for both boys and girls in third through fifth grade. I'm glad to have had a chance to read it.

*A review copy was provided by the author upon my request*
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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