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Welcome to my attempt at blogging. I am a true to heart bibliophile. Here I will discuss and review books as I read them. You are welcome to do the same. The only rules are no profanity, no politics, no religion, and have fun!

Saturday, March 16, 2013


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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

about the book

Hashbrown Winters and the Phantom of Pordunce is the 3rd book in Frank L. Cole‘s Hashbrown Winter Series.  Can Hashbrown save the day? This snort-worthy, fun-filled roller-coaster ride of a book is guaranteed to get you giggling – assuming you can pry it away from your kids long enough to read it yourself.

my thoughts

Great story for kids. Just enough 'eeewww' to get kids laughing. Love Hashbrown and his buddies. These books contain the perfect amount of humor for a kid. They will love the kids of Pordunce elementary school, and their adventures. (I love Hashbrown's interactions with 'Thumbs'- a girl who beat him at a marbles competition.) I hope there are more Hashbrown stories.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

about the book:

Nate Rocks Is At It Again . . .

According to Nathan Rockledge, fifth grade has plenty of perks. Oh sure, there’s more work, and he still has to deal with the know-it-all, Lisa Crane. Luckily, there is 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 his 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.

my thoughts

I really love the NATE ROCKS series.  As a mother with a 12 year old boy, I am constantly searching for appropriate books for him to read.  The NATE series fills the bill.   The books are entertaining and imaginative.  The language is challenging without being overpowering.  As most parents are aware, it takes a wonderful storyteller to keep the attention of kids.   Karen is such a storyteller.  My son can sit and read about Nate's adventures in a single sitting.   

This particular book is perfectly timed, Nate's adventures in his school are perfect reading.  Nate's imagination is what brings these books to life.  When Nate actually becomes the hero of his school, it is not imagination but reality.  

We started reading about Nate's adventures last year, when Nate was a fourth grader.  He's now advanced to the fifth grade.  I hope we get to continue to see Nate grow.  I'd love to see his adventures continue.

about the author

Karen Pokras Toz lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. Karen’s middle grade children’s 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 www.karentoz.com

(bio taken from Karen's goodreads page.

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