Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective (Nate the Great Series)

Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective (Nate the Great Series)

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by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Mitchell Sharmat, Martha Weston
     
 

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Nate, the great detective, and his dog, Sludge, are off to San Francisco! They're going to visit Nate's cousin Olivia Sharp. She's a detective, too, and a very busy one.

Olivia isn't around to solve her case number 22. Her client, Duncan, has lost his joke book. He tells Nate that if the book isn't found—and soon—the world will come to an end. Nate

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Nate, the great detective, and his dog, Sludge, are off to San Francisco! They're going to visit Nate's cousin Olivia Sharp. She's a detective, too, and a very busy one.

Olivia isn't around to solve her case number 22. Her client, Duncan, has lost his joke book. He tells Nate that if the book isn't found—and soon—the world will come to an end. Nate takes the case. He and Sludge cruise up and down and around San Francisco in the limo, tracking down clues. Sticky, icky clues, big and small clues, all-around-the-town clues that take them to a pancake house, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and finally to a place that seems wrong but could be right. Can Nate the Great keep the world from coming to an end? Can he solve his first out-of-town case?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Nate the Great is off to San Francisco to see his detective cousin, Olivia, and explore the city. But when he arrives, he gets a surprise. Olivia is not there to greet him. She is out trying to solve a case she has to wrap-up within three hours after Nate's arrival. Olivia is trying to find a missing joke book. When Nate receives a desperate call from the book's owner on Olivia's phone, he joins the case. Nate's search for the joke book takes him all over San Francisco, from its famous Golden Gate Bridge to a small pancake house full of sticky syrup. With his faithful canine sidekick, Sludge, by his side, Nate scours the city for the missing jokes. Will he find the joke book in time to save the day? And where will he find Olivia, whom he has not seen since he arrived? This is an entertaining romp through a California city filled with mishaps and adventure. The "Extra Fun Activities" section at the back of the book is a gold mine of information and projects about San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and even a recipe for Joke Stew. Young readers both familiar with and new to the series will enjoy Nate's San Francisco adventure. 2002 (orig. 2000), Yearling/Random House, Ages 7 to 9.
—Caitlyn Payne <%ISBN%>0440418216
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Another successful installment in this series for beginning readers. Nate solves his first out-of-town case when he and his dog Sludge visit his cousin Olivia, a fellow detective in San Francisco. Her limousine driver picks him up at the airport and takes him to her house because Olivia is busy working on several cases. When her friend Duncan calls and explains that he has lost his joke book and must have it by 2 p.m., Nate decides to step in and give his cousin some assistance. Youngsters will enjoy the suspense and the short, fast-moving chapters. The colorful cartoon illustrations reflect the action in the text and help to keep the story moving.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Nate the Great is back and in fine form. In this latest story, he has come to San Francisco to visit his wealthy cousin and fellow detective, Olivia Sharp. Olivia, unable to meet him at the airport due to the demands of her detecting schedule, sends her chauffeur and fancy limo to pick him up. After going up and down the hills of San Francisco, they arrive at Olivia's house. Even though Nate is slightly out of his element in San Francisco, being in a strange city, unaccompanied by his usual entourage of friends, it doesn't take him long to become drawn into a case—the case of the lost joke book. Olivia's friend Duncan has lost his brand-new joke book, desperately needs the punch line to a joke, and needs to have it in three hours. Nate, resourceful and inventive as always, solves the mystery. The illustrations, done in the style of Marc Simont, are less distinctive than Mr. Simont's and are somewhat tepid in comparison, but are perfectly fine. Young readers, though they'll notice the difference in style, will still feel that they're in Nate's familiar world. As usual with the Nate the Great books, this story will be great fun for the first- or second-grade reader. (Easy reader. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440418214
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/08/2002
Series:
Nate the Great Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
136,787
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Born in Portland, Maine, in 1928, Marjorie Weinman Sharmat dreamed of becoming a writer. Little did she know that she would be the author of more than 70 books for children of all ages. Another of her childhood dreams, that of becoming a detective, has also been realized in her most popular Nate the Great series, begun in 1972.

Many of Sharmat's books have been Literary Guild selections and chosen as Books of the Year by the Library of Congress. Several have been made into films for television, including Nate the Great Goes Undercover, winner of the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival Award. Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden has been named one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

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