Author of Nate Rocks the World - a children's story written for 3rd-5th graders.
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.
Not all is lost however. Give Nathan a sketchpad and a pencil and watch as his drawings transform his otherwise hopeless life into heroic adventures as Nate Rocks. Time and again, Nate saves the day – winning The World Series, fighting evil forces to keep the world from darkness and even saving Christmas. When his sister nearly drowns while swimming in the ocean, Nate Rocks the World one more time, proving that even a ten year old can accomplish great things.
Follow the quirky and imaginative adventures of ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge as his cartoons come to life.
What people are saying about Nate Rocks the World:
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.
-Ben Langinrichs, My Comfy Chair
Nathan Rockledge is in the fourth grade. He likes books more than kickball, eating out more than eating his mother’s cooking at home, and drawing more than anything else. He lives for the next holiday and would like to skip his big sister’s next phase. Most of all, Nate wants to rock the world as a hero who saves the day. Karen Pokras Toz’s telling of Nate’s story will make you hope that Nate’s dream to become a hero will come true. Readers will see the world through Nate’s eyes and will grow to like him as much as I do.
-Connye Griffin, mywritingandeditingcoach.com