Monday, July 23, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Nate Rocks the Boat (with giveaway!)

The winner of my ARC of The Secret Tree is:
Jessica Haight! 
Woohoo! Email your mailing address to barbarawatson94 (at) gmail (dot) com
and I'll get this special book to you.

Now, today's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday selection . . . 

Nate Rocks the Boat by Karen Pokras Toz is the second book about Nathan Rockledge, aka Nate Rocks, but these books don't need to be read in order, so this one is perfect for summer because Nate is at summer camp! I won a signed copy from Pam Torres and would like to pass it along to one of you. Details on the giveaway are at the end of this post. 

The premise: Ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge isn't sure about spending his entire summer at camp, but his best friend Tommy will be there too, so things look okay. And because Nate has his sketch pad with him and can transform himself into Nate Rocks through his doodles, things will be more than okay. He thinks . . .

What keeps readers reading: The fun! Nate's voice is something readers (especially boys, even reluctant reader boys!) will love. When combined with Nate's imaginary adventures as Nate Rocks, the adventure in this book, well, ROCKS!

What I loved: When Nate transforms to his sketchpad, save-the-day self! Every time he transforms to this "other self," it takes readers a moment to figure it out because Karen Pokras Toz has so cleverly developed these parts of the story. It adds a super-hero Nate character and creates a story within a story.

To enter the giveaway for my signed copy, comment on this post by Sunday, July 29, 2012, by 8pm CDT. As usual, blog followers will get their names in the drawing twice! Winner will be announced Monday, July 30th.

For more middle grade recommendations, hop over to Shannon Messenger's links! 
Happy middle grade reading! 
 

22 comments:

  1. Sounds like a really fun series, especially for boys. Please let someone else win because my TBR list is really big right now.

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  2. I haven't heard of this one - it sounds really neat. I love books that include doodles and drawings.

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  3. I love good recs for boys, especially my reluctant readers. This just sounds like a fun book! Thanks for the rec Barbara!

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  4. Awesome--my protag's name is Nate in my novel 18 THINGS! Need more books for my classroom too:-)

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  5. I remember Pam's review of this. Sounds like a fun read, and we need more boy books.

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  6. I follow this author on Twitter but haven't picked up one of the books yet. Sounds fun!

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  7. This one sounds perfect for my grandkids...and me. Wish me luck!

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  8. This sounds like such a great read for my little guy! He's 8. I think that's about the right age.

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  9. Sounds like a great read for my classroom! Thanks :)

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  10. How fun! We just reviewed Nate Rocks the World two weeks ago on our blog. The second book sounds like it is just as much fun. Thanks for the chance to win this great book.

    I am so THRILLED that I won The Secret Tree. I can't wait to read it! Thanks. :)

    ~Jess
    GFC: Fairday/Jess/DMS (it changes all the time for some reason)

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  11. I've heard really good things about this series. I'm in!

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  12. This is the first I've heard of this one. It sounds like a fun read!

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  13. Yes, sounds like fun - thanks for sharing!

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  14. Thanks for letting us know about this book! I'm always looking for MG books for my boys! :)

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  15. Sounds like a fun read that my kids would like. Thanks for the review and giveaway Barbara!

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  16. I haven't read the first book. I'm really interested to see how she executes the change to Nate Rocks in the narrative.

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  17. I love your book recommendations! Keep them coming :) This one kind of reminded me of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which my girls really enjoy too.

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  18. I really love a good middle grade book. This one sounds great.

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  19. I'm sure readers will identify with a secret superhero self. Sounds fun!

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  20. Wow, Barbara, I'll have to read this. The next book in my "Dewey" series is about Dewey going to camp. And guess what? Dewey has a sketch book. There are no new ideas--just new ways to express them, I guess. :)

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  21. Ooo, this sounds like a winner! Thanks for sharing it with us...and so the list it grows, lol!

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  22. This book sounds like a lot of fun! As an artist, I can't help but love the premise. :)

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