Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Fifth Grade Boy Inside My Head with Karen Pokras Toz #NateRocks

Karen Pokras Toz is rocking a blog tour to celebrate the third book in her Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the School. Today she is telling us about the voices in her head and giving away some great swag. There is one giveaway just for this blog and then a grand prize giveaway for the entire tour.

The Fifth Grade Boy Inside My Head

When I first started writing, I had every intention of writing for an adult audience. That is, until I actually sat down to write. It seems I have a fifth grader stuck in my head, and he is anxious to be heard. Well actually, he was a fourth grader when I first started, but he’s recently moved up.

Even worse, I’ve got his entire family in there, plus some friends and even a few extras. I’ve also got a sixth grade girl there as well as her family and friends. At times it can get a bit crowded as you can imagine, especially when I need to make room for even more characters.

I blame it on my children (those would be my real life children, not the ones stuck in my head). They have immersed me into their world of super heroes, boy bands, friends, dreams, and ambitions – oh yeah and bodily functions – especially the ones that make disgusting noises and smells. I write based on my daily observations, and well, it seems I spend a great deal more time around these children than I do around adults. Their words and their world are what inspire me. Through their eyes, I have a greater appreciation for life. They make me smile on a daily basis.

Sure, there are times when I need to push them aside (referring now to the kids in my head, not my real children), and yes, I am determined to write something grownup still (coming in June – stay tuned!) But I do so love having these children around – both the ones in my real life and the ones in my head. They keep me young at heart.

So if you see me smiling and having a conversation with myself, don’t worry - it’s just me chatting with the voices in my head.

About the Book:

First Nate Rocks the World . . .
Then Nate Rocks the Boat . . .
Now 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.

About 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

Connect with Karen: Blog * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

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  1. Thanks for being a part of the tour Angela!!

  2. We want to read them because they are FUN! Great for boys, something different, and adventurous!


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