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I am a dreamer. I always have been. As a child, if I wasn’t reading, I was acting out scenarios. Oh sure, most of the time they involved me being Marie Osmond, star of my own TV variety show – didn’t we all dream that? No? Well, the point is, my imagination, whether through reading or role-playing, kept me entertained for hours on end.

When I’m asked where I get my inspiration for my character Nate Rocks – a boy who draws cartoons that come to life, my first response is usually: my three children. At the time of creating Nate Rocks, my oldest loved to draw cartoons (he’s since moved on to high school sports), while my two younger children loved to roll play with their toys – my youngest still does – while my daughter has moved on to nail polish and *gasp* boys. My brain can’t help but think like a tween. My kids have educated and immersed me into everything from video games, bodily functions (one of their favorite topics), superheroes, and boy bands.

NRTS BCHowever, even with all that great material, there is also a lot of myself in Nate Rocks. You see, dreams don’t end just because we’re not kids anymore. While, I no longer dream of being a TV variety show star (I’d much rather have a starring move role with John Cusack), I do still have dreams – dreams of reaching out to children who love to read and those who may still need convincing. Imagination is a great gift – encourage your child to read every day.




Nate Rocks Is At It Again . . .

According to Nathan Rockledge, fifth grade has plenty of perks. Oh sure, there’s more work and that know-it-all, Lisa Crane, is still around – but, there’s a lot to look forward to as well: a laser tag birthday party, baseball at recess, and even a cool Halloween dance. Of course, all of that means nothing without the biggest perk of all . . . the class trip to New York City in the spring. If Nathan’s class can raise enough money to go, that is.

Give Nathan paper and a pencil and watch as his imagination turns him into Nate Rocks, hero and fifth grade super star. With adventures abound, Nate saves the day time and again. But will Nate be able to save the fifth grade trip?

Join Nathan, his hilarious family, and his friends, as he rocks the school in another fun Nate Rocks adventure.



KPT PictureAbout The Author:

Karen Pokras Toz lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

Karen’s middle grade childrens’ novels: Millicent Marie Is Not My Name and the Nate Rocks series, have won several awards including First Place for Children’s Chapter Books and the Grand Prize Overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for a Global E-Book Award for Pre-Teen Literature.

Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). Her first adult contemporary novel, invisible, will be released this summer. For more information, please visit



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