Book Review and Giveaway: Nate Rocks the City by Karen Pokras Toz

Nate Rocks the City

About the book:
Title: Nate Rocks the City
Author: Karen Pokras Toz
Release date: Feb 6, 2014
Pages: 95
Where I got the book: Free from the author in exchange for an honest review

Fifth grader Nathan Rockledge has been counting down the days—and meals—until his class trip to New York City. Now that the big event is finally here, he can barely stand the excitement. After all, isn’t this what being a fifth grader is all about? Oh sure, his Mom is one of the chaperones, his annoying sister Abby is tagging along, and that know-it-all classmate, Lisa, will be there as well. However, none of that matters. Not when he’ll be with his best friends, Tommy and Sam.

While seeing the sights, his teacher wants his class to take notes, but Nathan has other ideas. With paper and pencil in hand, Nathan prefers to doodle, transforming himself into Nate Rocks, boy hero. Amid ninja pigeons to fend off, aliens to attack, and the baseball game of the century to save, will Nate Rocks be able to save the day one more time?

My review:
In this final installment (noooooo!) of Nate Rocks, Nate, his friends, classmates, and family head to New York City for a whirlwind tour. Maybe it only seems quick because the four-day trip means only eleven safe-to-eat meals before Nate has to head back home to suffer his mom’s cooking.

This book (and series) are written for a middle-grade audience, but I love them as much as my twelve-year-old does. Nate Rocks the City is funny and full of imagination and adventure. The writing is great and the story never slows down as Nate goes from one imaginative adventure to another. In the end, he not only gets to be a real-life hero (again), but gets to have a once-in-a-lifetime real-life experience.

Some series kind of wind down as they get further along, but not Nate Rocks. Karen Pokras Toz did a fabulous job of finishing strong.


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