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Nate Rocks the Boat

(Nate Rocks #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  28 reviews
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. Aft ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published April 20th 2012 by Grand Daisy Press (first published 2012)
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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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 adventu
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Nate Rocks The Boat

Every ten year old should be like Nate Rockledge. He is smart, resourceful and has a great imagination. Even more he can create a whole world just by using his pens, markers and sketchpad entering a world of super heroes, criminals and even ghosts. Nate is really amazing but just how far will he go to get away from his mom’s really bad cooking? Nate is enterprising and smart as I said and with his sketchpad transforms the real world into Nate’s World willed with many adventure
Alicia Marietta
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-books
This is my review copied from my blog,

My Review - 4.5 stars

It has taken me a lot longer to write this blog post & review than it does most. Not because I did not like the book. Not because it was so-so, but instead I have found myself daydreaming and wandering with my thoughts just like Nate! Now, if I could only become a great hero like Nate and save the day! HMMM.......

Karen has a done a delightful job with writing Nate Rocks the Boat. The creativity and
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nate Rocks The Boat is another book in the MG Series “Nate Rocks”. I reviewed the other book in the series, Nate Rocks The World yesterday and very much enjoyed reading and reviewing it. In this new adventure, Nate is back for some fun, hilarious situations in a new setting – namely, summer camp.

Nate is your regular, average ten-year-old except than whenever he starts daydreaming, or gets stuck in some peculiar situations, he begins draw comic books in which he doubles as Nate Rocks, a brave and
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Eager for the fourth grade to end, Nathan Rockledge is looking forward to spending time with his best friend, Tommy, for the summer. His parents, unfortunately, thwart his plans. They've decreed that Nate will be spending the summer at camp, but he's not going there alone. His older sister is going within him so that she can keep an eye on him in order to make sure he doesn't get into any trouble. Determined to make the most of the situation, Nate is glad he doesn't have to spend the summer cate ...more
Rute Canhoto
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Acabei de ler “Nate Rocks the Boat” a 10 de Março de 2012 (pois, antes de ser colocado à venda. Fiz batota, lol!) e atribuo-lhe 4 estrelas.
O que posso dizer? O Nate conseguiu outra vez! Mais uma vez, Nate provou que não importa o tamanho, mas o que conseguimos fazer quando nos empenhamos. A sua imaginação fértil serve-lhe certamente de inspiração.
A autora continua a apresentar-nos o mundo do ponto de vista de uma criança de 10 anos, de uma forma muito bem conseguida. Tal não deixa de ser
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elementary, fiction, boys
10 year old Nathan is just an ordinary 4th grade boy, with a hugely extraordinary imagination! In book 2 of Nate Rocks, Nathan is headed to overnight summer camp. Dad is having to teach at a school for the summer and Mom has to keep an eye on Grandma so Nathan and sister Abby get to spend their summer in the great outdoors. Nathan doesn't think too highly of this idea until his alter ego, Nate Rock kicks it into high gear. As Nathan doodles, Nate Rocks transforms things around him to solve the t ...more
Phaedra Seabolt
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This young adult story is all about Nathan Rockledge. I was slightly confused when I started reading because this actually is the second book in the series. I didn't realize that until I got to the end. I am sure my initial confusion would never have existed if I had actually started with Nate Rocks the World.

That said, this story focuses on Nathan's overnight summer camp experience. Normally he would attend a day camp with his two best friends, but this summer has some family issues (not 100% s
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So when I saw this book for free on Amazon I figured K would love to read it, it would be a good chapter book. I was wrong, I think this book was a bit much for K as he seemed like he would enjoy it then soon lose interest. I don't believe it to be the book but more of K not liking a book with no pictures, he would still like to read books with pictures in it.
You have Nate who is going to Summer Camp and of course he is not too excited about that is until he gets there and starts pretty much dr
Carrie Ardoin
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: tour, posted-on-blog
Nate and his family return from their unconventional vacation, and his sister Abby is actually being nice to him...for about a week. Then she's back to her normal, bratty self. Things get worse when Nate's parents tell him he'll be going to a new, sleep-away camp this summer--and Abby is going too!

Luckily, Nate has his best friend Tommy with him. Can they survive a summer full of kickball, ghost stories, and team competitions?

I didn't enjoy this story as much as I did the first. Nate's imaginati
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nate Rocks the Boat is the 2nd book in the Nate Rocks' series by author Karen Pokras Toz. Once again Nate is off on an adventure, only this time he's at Summer Camp! With is overactive imagination intact, Nate is off on more adventures, once again saving everyone from the imaginary and not so imaginary dangers at Camp Srping Ridge.

Through all his adventures, kids can learn how much fun it can be to use your brain - imagination.

I loved reading Nate Rocks the Boat. It was a fun and entertaining r
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Karen has done it again! It's very difficult to find a book that boys will love. Nate fills the bill. My 11 year old son laughed all through Nate. This is the second installment in the Nate series. It's fantastic to read about a great kid who knows how to use his imagination. Nate's adventures from the first book were mostly imaginary. In this book, Nate gets to have actual, real life adventures. Don't be concerned, he uses his imagination plenty!
Nate is at Overnight Camp with his friend and (g
Becky Corwin-Adams
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book is very interesting and entertaining. It would appeal to children of various ages, especially those who have attended a summer camp. I would recommend this book to parents who are trying to interest their child in attending camp. This book will show them what a fun filled experience camp is.

I really liked the part where Boys White (Nate's team) won the challenge. I felt that Nate deserved this since he had been the underdog for most of the camp experience. It warmed my heart when his te
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is the second book in the ‘Nate Rocks’ series but as with the first it stands alone and doesn’t need to be read in order.

Nathan is going to summer camp but is a little nervous because he is not the outdoorsy type, he much prefers his own company and sketch pad to entertain him. You would think that going to camp for the first time would be eased by the fact that an older sibling was going too….not the case for Nate! Abby tagging along is Nates worst nightmare and when one of the activities
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nate Rocks is back and at it again. This time he is at summer camp, and he is experiencing a lot of new, real-life adventures along with his imaginary adventures.

It is rare to find a book directed toward middle grade boys, and Karen Pokras Toz has done an excellent job bringing Nate to life once again. The trials and triumphs of summer camp are described perfectly and with a lot of humor. Kids will easily lose themselves in this book and feel like they are right there at camp with Nate. Along wi
Tammy Northrup
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: robbie-reviews
Having not read Nate Rocks The World I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book. I was also concerned that it would be difficult to follow without having read the previous book. However, I had no reason to be concerned as even though this is the second book it is more of a stand alone book.

I decided to review this book with my youngest son who is ten. He thoroughly enjoyed this book and it even kept his attention which is no easy feat! As a parent I am a huge fan of any book which is int
Carlie Cullen
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-ya, fiction
What an enjoyable read this was. The characterisation of Nathan Rockledge was great - so typical of a large number of ten-year-old boys. The author has made him so real; he's not sporty and lacks confidence, but he makes up for it with a fabulous imagination in which he becomes 'Nate Rocks', superhero. The story flows seemlessly between Nathan's real adventures and his imaginary superhero ones, where he always saves the day, and back again. Nathan is a very likeable character, but there's no lov ...more
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really like the Nate Rock stories. Nate Rocks The Boat is the 2nd in the series, although you can read this as a stand alone book too.
In this book Nathan goes to Summer Camp with his friend Tommy and his Sister Abby. During his time at Summer Camp Nathan gets lost in a dream world while writing, drawing and ends up drawing cartoons but these cartoons come to life and it’s down to Nate to save the day.

The age range of this book is 7 – 12 years and I think this is correctly aimed. Even though Na
May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Thank you First Reads for my free copy of Nate Rocks the Boat! What a wonderful story for a young boy to read! There is a limited amount of literature that appeals to the youth today, Nate is sure to be a hit! It was reminiscent of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and will be a welcomed addition to my library for the young students that I work with!
The characters are true to life, sibling rivalry, bullies, attempting to fit in,etc! The author most certainly appears to understand the minds and mot
Judy Thomas
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-mg
As a children's librarian, I'm always looking for books that boys will enjoy reading--the Nate Rocks series fits the bill. Full of adventure (even if most of it is in his rich fantasy life), Nate Rocks the Boat takes us to summer camp with Nate where he encounters bullies, ghosts, and runaway vans. This book is easy to read and sure to be a hit with the boys and girls in my library. The book is intended for ages 8-12, but their parents will enjoy it as well. I'm looking forward to the next episo ...more
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway! I love the way that Nate's imagination turns regular life into an adventure where Nate Rocks is the hero! Book is set in a summer camp setting with Nate and his camp friends. Excellent summer read for school age kids. Recommend this book highly for young boys especially! The adventures, real and imagined, that Nate experiences at Camp Spring Ridge make this book such fun! Anyone reading this book will live these Nate Rocks adventures with him as he saves ...more
Stacey Rourke
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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 r
A delightful middle grade series perfect for children who enjoy the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries series. The main character is a fourth grader named Nate whose favorite activity is drawing comics and imagining himself saving the world in a variety of ways. I enjoyed following Nate as he deals with an annoying and obnoxious older sister, avoiding recess kickball, and in this book, overnight camp. This series is light and funny and I highly recommend it.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg
Is it weird that a grown woman can "become" an eleven-year-old boy so easily? Possibly, but Karen does it so well. My own eleven-year-old asked for Nate Rocks the Boat for Christmas and read the book in one evening. When I asked his thoughts on the second Nate Rocks book, he said, "I loved it. It's even better than the first one. The thing I like the most is that his sister isn't as annoying."

We're both already looking forward to the third book!
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Once again Nate rocks in "Nate Rocks the Boat", the second book in the 'Nate Rocks' series. A truly fun and entertaining read for middle grade readers. As an adult I totally enjoyed this book and don't worry if you didn't read the first book "Nate Rocks the World"... the book can be read as a stand alone. A total must read, especially for boys around 8-10 years of age!

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Pam Torres
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
You know what I love about Nate? His frank and honest tone. Jake's tween view of the world is exactly the right combination of sardonic spark and hopeful optimism. This is the perfect book for boys who need to have something happening on every page, either adventure or hilarious banter.

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Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-won
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program on Goodreads.

I gave this to my 10 year old stepson who enjoys the Nate books. He said this one was just as good as the others he has read.
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Karen Pokras is a writer, daisy lover, and occasional baker who will definitely begin playing the piano tomorrow. Always an avid reader, Karen found her passion for writing later in life and now runs all of her stories past the furry ears of her two feline editorial assistants before anyone else. A numbers geek at heart, she enjoys a good spreadsheet almost as much as she loves storytelling. Karen ...more

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