Showing posts with label Karen Pokras Toz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Karen Pokras Toz. Show all posts

Friday, January 17, 2014

#BookExcerpt: Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas by Karen Pokras Toz #PromoBookTours

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Title: Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas
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Author: Karen Pokras Toz
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Description: Ballet and baking pies – these are two of twelve year old Georgie Harris’ favorite things. When her parents decide to move closer to her grandmother’s nursing home, Georgie quickly learns the bad news: dance lessons are too expensive in this new town.

Instead, Georgie spends most of her time baking pies to bring to her grandmother at the Willow Lakes Nursing Home. There she meets Eve, who inspires Georgie with stories of having danced with a world famous Russian ballerina many years ago.

As Georgie and Eve’s friendship evolves, their tales intertwine in this feel good story showing dreams really can come true.

Excerpt:
“My mom says you can come this weekend if you want … you know, for a visit. Do you think you can?”

“That would be so cool!” Amber yells into the phone at full blast.

I seriously wish she would warn me before she does that.

“I know!” I yell back equally as loud. It’s only fair, right?

“I’ll ask my mom when she gets home. Can I let you know tomorrow? She should be here in a few minutes to take me to dance class.”

“Call me tomorrow as soon as you can. Speaking of dance, how’s it going?”

“Oh, you know, it’s not all that. Those pointe shoes kill my toes, and Miss Helene has just been so tough on us. She doesn’t even let us take a break to get water.”

I smile. “Thanks ... but we both know Miss Helene doesn’t have a mean bone in her. So really, how are classes going this year? It’s okay, you can tell me the truth. Hearing about it is the closest thing I’ve got to actually doing it.”

“Well, if you’re sure you really want to know—”

“Georgie! Come on!” Brandon yells. “Let someone else have a turn!”

“In. A. Minute!” Ugh, brothers. “I do! I really want to know,” I plead to Amber. “Spill it … quickly.”

“Okay, but I’m only telling you this because you’re making me.” Amber hesitates before continuing and then starts talking super fast. “Dancing on pointe is incredible. At first I felt really clunky, and yes, the shoes do hurt a bit, but after a while you get used to them. Georgie, I’m telling you, I feel like a real ballerina. I can do all kinds of moves that I was never able to do before. Being on pointe makes ballet that much greater. Sometimes I close my eyes and pretend I’m on stage – just like Paulina.”

I wipe a single tear as it rolls down my face. I’ve just got to find a way to make some money.

Purchase the book:
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About the author:

Karen Pokras


Karen Pokras Toz writes middle grade and adult contemporary fiction. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, First Place in the Children’s Chapter Books category and the Grand Prize overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as winning first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature, and placing Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. Her books for children include the Nate Rocks series, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name, and Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas. For adults, she recently published Chasing Invisible. A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. For more information, please visit www.karentoz.com.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

#BookTour: Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas by Karen Pokras Toz #PromoBookTours

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From the Award Winning Author of Millicent Marie is Not My Name

Ballet and baking pies – these are two of twelve year old Georgie Harris’ favorite things. When her parents decide to move closer to her grandmother’s nursing home, Georgie quickly learns the bad news: dance lessons are too expensive in this new town.

Instead, Georgie spends most of her time baking pies to bring to her grandmother at the Willow Lakes Nursing Home. There she meets Eve, who inspires Georgie with stories of having danced with a world famous Russian ballerina many years ago.

As Georgie and Eve’s friendship evolves, their tales intertwine in this feel good story showing dreams really can come true.

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About the author:

Karen Pokras

Karen Pokras Toz writes middle grade and adult contemporary fiction. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, First Place in the Children’s Chapter Books category and the Grand Prize overall in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as winning first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature, and placing Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. Her books for children include the Nate Rocks series, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name, and Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas. For adults, she recently published Chasing Invisible. A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. For more information, please visit www.karentoz.com.

Follow Karen:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Literary Addicts / Goodreads
Follow the Book Tour


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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday Climax: Nate Rocks the World Review #IOTours



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Title: Nate Rocks the World
Series:
Author: Karen Pokras Toz
Publisher: Grand Daisy Press
Description: *2012 GRAND PRIZE WINNER PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARDS
*2012 1ST PLACE CHILDREN'S CHAPTER BOOK PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARDS

Ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge cannot catch a break. After all, life as a fourth-grader can be hazardous - what with science projects to deal with and recess football games to avoid. Everyone, including his best friend Tommy, seems to have bad luck when hanging around Nathan. Throw in an older sister who is a royal pain, a dad who is stuck in the past, and a mom who keeps trying to poison him with her awful cooking, and poor Nathan's life as a fourth-grader appears to be completely doomed.

Armed only with his sketchpad, his imagination, and his wits, Nathan Rockledge navigates the perils of the fourth grade in style, to emerge heroic, as Nate Rocks, proving that even a ten-year-old can accomplish great things.
*2012 GLOBAL EBOOK AWARD WINNER: PRE-TEEN CATEGORY
*2012 UP AUTHOR AWARD RUNNER UP BEST 1ST CHAPTER
*2012 UP AUTHOR AWARD RUNNER UP BEST COVER


Review: Nate Rocks the World is a children/YA book. I previously reviews Nate Rocks the Boat back in December which is actually the second book in the series. You get a glimpse at what will happen in book two of what happens in book one, but really you can read them in any order.

Nathan is the primary character in the story, but when he daydreams he becomes Nate Rocks. This happens pretty much any time he is writing/drawing. In this book, Captain Asteroid, the comic superhero he follows currently, shows up time and time again to get Nate to do things he didn't think possible. His imagination runs rampant creating scenarios where whatever he has been doing before the day dream morphs into a situation where a hero is needed and only Nate can solve the problem. It's your standard ten year old day dreams really. What makes the story unique is that by the end of the book, Nathan is actually called to save his sister and her friend from drowning in the ocean. Nate Rocks doesn't make an appearance, instead Nathan is all the hero that is needed. It's a cute story that a young boy will definitely relate to and love.

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Paperback / Kindle
Barnes And Noble - Paperback


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Tour Stops:
11/27 - GoingCrazy!! WannaGo??!! - Promo
11/29 - Good Karma Baby - Review
12/20 - Andi's Middle Grade & Chapter Books - Review
01/10 - Hooks and Book - review
01/10 - Geo Librarian - Review
01/31 - identity discovery - Review
02/21 - Stressed Rach - Review
02/21 - 5 Girls Book Reviews - Review

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thursday Climax: Millicent Marie Is Not My Name Review #IOTours



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Title: Millicent Marie Is Not My Name
Series:
Author: Karen Pokras Toz
Publisher: Grand Daisy Press
Description: Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had.

When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her computer, he decides to publish it as a blog for the entire world to see, including the boy Millie has a crush on. In the midst of all the mayhem, Millie/Amanda discovers she is suddenly Springside Elementary’s most sought after sixth-grade mystery gossip and advice columnist.

But not all is fun and games, as Millie quickly learns, once she realizes feelings are at stake. Nobody, least of all Millie, expects things to turn out as they do in this tale of friendship and respect.

Review: I really enjoyed this story. I found it very interesting to see how Millie reacted to finding her diary turned into a blog. She was very lucky that in her diary she never used people's real names. You may ask yourself, "Why would a 6th grader not write real names in her own diary? It's not like she was planning to let someone else read it." That's a good question. It's one I have as well and honestly cannot answer other than when I was that age, I was always afraid of who might accidentally get a hold of my diary. I used real names in mine, but I can see how that fear just might make someone want to keep names out of even their private writings. Brother's are a strong motivating factor when they are in the same school as you.

I found it also very neat to think about a 6th grade girl with a blog. What would one write about? They probably would mostly write about the happenings of school. The idea that someone from school actually found her blog and then everyone in her grade began reading it was a little out there for me. I know I have had to work hard to increase my readers at times, so how did it become so popular within her own school overnight? The best part of this popularity though is what she actually does to help people with it. She learns a lesson on what it's like to be bullied and what it is like to be the bully. Seeing that both situations are wrong is a huge step for her. She discovers that bullies don't happen overnight and that there is normally a very real reason for their behaviors. This story is put into a perspective that I think will help kids understand how to deal with bullying a bit better than some books that just say, "Don't bully." I will definitely be keeping it in mind if I hear of anyone in need of that sort of help.

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Paperback / Kindle
Barnes And Noble - Paperback


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Tour Stops:
11/13 - GoingCrazy!! WannaGo??!! - Promo
12/04 - Andi's Middle Grade & Chapter Books - Promo
12/25 - Good Karma Baby - Promo
12/27 - identity discovery - Review
12/27 - Hooks and Book - review
01/15 - Second Bookshelf on the Right - Promo
01/17 - Jenn's Review Blog - Review
01/17 - 5 Girls Book Reviews - Review
02/05 - Book Reviews by Dee - Promo
02/07 - Stressed Rach - Review

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thursday Climax: Nate Rocks the Boat Review #IOTours


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Title: Nate Rocks the Boat
Series:
Author: Karen Pokras Toz
Publisher: Grand Daisy Press
Description: 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. After all, he does get to be away from his mom's awful cooking for an entire six weeks.

Amongst Color War competitions, a flaky counselor, and a bully named "No-Neck,” Nathan turns to his trusty sketchpad, transforming himself into Nate Rocks: 10-year-old extraordinaire. His speedboat ready for action, Nate saves the day time and again from the perils of floods, snakes, ghosts, and even the most wanted criminals.

Join Nathan, Tommy, Abby, and a whole new cast of characters as Nate Rocks once again proves nothing can hold him back in this second book of the Nate Rocks series.

Review: 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% sure what) that has caused his parents to put him over night camp. Nathan is not happy about it, but at least is able to get one of his friends to go with him. Reading about their summer makes me think that Nathan doesn't really enjoy this camp very much. However at the end he indicates that he just might want to go the next year as well.

What makes this story interesting, and at times confusing, is that any time you give Nathan a piece of paper and something to write with he becomes Nate Rocks. Nate Rocks is his super hero alter ego. The transition between the characters is so seamless when he becomes Nate Rocks that you actually think the events are really happening. Someone always comes around to shake him out of his daydreaming, until the one time they don't. Nathan and Nate are both capable of doing some amazing things that only a ten year old boy would dream of. It's a cute story.

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Paperback / Kindle
Barnes And Noble - Paperback


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nate Rocks the World Book Tour #IOTours



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Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz


*2012 GRAND PRIZE WINNER PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARDS
*2012 1ST PLACE CHILDREN'S CHAPTER BOOK PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARDS

Ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge cannot catch a break. After all, life as a fourth-grader can be hazardous - what with science projects to deal with and recess football games to avoid. Everyone, including his best friend Tommy, seems to have bad luck when hanging around Nathan. Throw in an older sister who is a royal pain, a dad who is stuck in the past, and a mom who keeps trying to poison him with her awful cooking, and poor Nathan's life as a fourth-grader appears to be completely doomed.

Armed only with his sketchpad, his imagination, and his wits, Nathan Rockledge navigates the perils of the fourth grade in style, to emerge heroic, as Nate Rocks, proving that even a ten-year-old can accomplish great things.
*2012 GLOBAL EBOOK AWARD WINNER: PRE-TEEN CATEGORY
*2012 UP AUTHOR AWARD RUNNER UP BEST 1ST CHAPTER
*2012 UP AUTHOR AWARD RUNNER UP BEST COVER


About the Author:
Karen Pokras Toz
Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife and mom. Karen grew up in Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, which won 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. In 2012, Karen published the second in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat, followed by middle grade novel, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

Website: www.karentoz.com
Blog: http://kptoz.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/karenptoz
Twitter: www.twitter.com/karentoz
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Millicent-Marie-Not-Name-ebook/dp/B009H2Q6DC
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5009570.Karen_Pokras_Toz

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Paperback / Kindle
Barnes And Noble - Paperback


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Tour Stops:
11/27 - GoingCrazy!! WannaGo??!! - Promo
11/29 - Good Karma Baby - Review
12/20 - Andi's Middle Grade & Chapter Books - Review
01/10 - Hooks and Book - review
01/10 - Geo Librarian - Review
01/31 - identity discovery - Review
02/21 - Stressed Rach - Review
02/21 - 5 Girls Book Reviews - Review

This book tour is brought to you by Innovative Online Book Tours

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Nate Rocks the Boat Book Tour #IOTours


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Nate Rocks the Boat by Karen Pokras Toz


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. After all, he does get to be away from his mom's awful cooking for an entire six weeks.

Amongst Color War competitions, a flaky counselor, and a bully named "No-Neck,” Nathan turns to his trusty sketchpad, transforming himself into Nate Rocks: 10-year-old extraordinaire. His speedboat ready for action, Nate saves the day time and again from the perils of floods, snakes, ghosts, and even the most wanted criminals.

Join Nathan, Tommy, Abby, and a whole new cast of characters as Nate Rocks once again proves nothing can hold him back in this second book of the Nate Rocks series.

About the Author:
Karen Pokras Toz
Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife and mom. Karen grew up in Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, which won 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. In 2012, Karen published the second in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat, followed by middle grade novel, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

Website: www.karentoz.com
Blog: http://kptoz.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/karenptoz
Twitter: www.twitter.com/karentoz
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Millicent-Marie-Not-Name-ebook/dp/B009H2Q6DC
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5009570.Karen_Pokras_Toz

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Paperback / Kindle
Barnes And Noble - Paperback


a Rafflecopter giveaway
Tour Stops:
11/20 - GoingCrazy!! WannaGo??!! - Promo
11/22 - Geo Librarian - Review 12/11 - Good Karma Baby - Promo
12/13 - identity discovery - Review
01/01 - Book Reviews by Dee - Promo
01/03 - Stressed Rach - Review
01/24 - Andi's Middle Grade & Chapter Books - Review
01/24 - 5 Girls Book Reviews - Review
02/14 - Hooks and Book - review


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Millicent Marie Is Not My Name Book Tour #IOTours



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Millicent Marie Is Not My Name by Karen Pokras Toz


Twelve-year-old Millicent Marie does not like her name. After all, she was named for a woman who died more than fifty years ago and was not the most loveable member of the Harris family. Her friends call her Millie, but when she writes in her diary she refers to herself as Amanda – the name she always wished she had.

When Millie’s younger brother finds her diary on her computer, he decides to publish it as a blog for the entire world to see, including the boy Millie has a crush on. In the midst of all the mayhem, Millie/Amanda discovers she is suddenly Springside Elementary’s most sought after sixth-grade mystery gossip and advice columnist.

But not all is fun and games, as Millie quickly learns, once she realizes feelings are at stake. Nobody, least of all Millie, expects things to turn out as they do in this tale of friendship and respect.

About the Author:
Karen Pokras Toz
Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife and mom. Karen grew up in Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, which won 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. In 2012, Karen published the second in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat, followed by middle grade novel, Millicent Marie Is Not My Name. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).

Website: www.karentoz.com
Blog: http://kptoz.blogspot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/karenptoz
Twitter: www.twitter.com/karentoz
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Millicent-Marie-Not-Name-ebook/dp/B009H2Q6DC
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5009570.Karen_Pokras_Toz

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Paperback / Kindle
Barnes And Noble - Paperback


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Join Karen Polkras Toz & #IOTours Children's Book Hop!

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From 10/25/12 to 11/23/2013
This is a hop for any and all Mommy Bloggers who want to join in the tours of these wonderful children's books.

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