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Big Nate Goes for Broke (Big Nate: Novels #4)

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Big Nate is going for broke in the fourth novel in the hilarious New York Times bestselling series by Lincoln Peirce! Includes a sneak peek to Big Nate Flips Out!

Mighty Jefferson Middle School always wins. Then Nate decides it's time to go from zeroes to heroes! Will Nate crack under the pressure of the "Ultimate Snowdown"? Or lead P.S. 38 to its biggest victory ever?

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published 2012)
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One of my students is a huge fan of Big Nate, and when he bought it at our recent book fair, and read it in one day, I knew I had to read it as well. What a fun, fun book! And I loved the emphasis put on both creativity and teamwork in this book in the Big Nate series. A great addition to our library!
Julian Joseph
The title of the book I finished reading was Big Nate: Goes For Broke.
The author of this book is Lincoln Peirce. It is a fictional book and has 216 pages.

The Main Characters are Nate, Dee Dee, Francis, Teddy and the Jefferson Middle School students.

The book is about a boy named Nate, who complains that the Jefferson students always win everything, which is proved by the fact that Jefferson won at everything against Nate's school, P.S. 38 for the last few years. Dee Dee says no one truly wins eve
Edward Creter
Big Nate is still off the cuff and funny as ever in volume four! Nate is queasy knowing that some GIRL is a better doodler of comics than himself, and now, thru the reverse therapy of his art teacher, is made to work with her for the school paper. BUT: competition heats up from the school next door from older kids who are better than Nate and his school chums! Nate won't let that down! Now he has to come up with something fast to beat the older kids at their own game..IF he can play a game THEY ...more
Ms. Yingling
Peirce, Lincoln. Big Nate Goes For Broke.
Nate is glad that he and his friends have been allowed to put together the only cool club in the school-- the Doodlers. When their advisor says that they need to recruit girls, Nate approaches DeeDee, who (while a bit dramatic) has done awesome posters for the dance. Unfortunately, DeeDee thinks that Nate is asking her to the school dance, so he gets roped into going. While there, Nate is impressed that DeeDee is actually pretty cool-- she tells everyone
I love this book. It was truly funny and enjoyable. The reason why I love this book is because its funny, it has drama, it has action, and it has a snowball down contest(which is building stuff from snow).

The setting of this book is outside,at Mr.Rosa,at Jefferson Middle School, p.s 38, and the school gym.This book is (realistic fiction)because Nate deal with stuff other kids might have to face.This book is person vs person.An this book Nate has to deal with Nolan (from Jefferson).Nate has a pr
Daniel Valastro
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Title: Big Nate goes for Broke.

Genre: Humour
Audience: The intended audience is kids 8 to 14.

Characters: Nate Wright, Dee Dee, Teddy and Francis.

Nate Wright : Nate is at school he plays basketball for PS.38 team. He is also in the doodles club they draw cartoons.

Dee Dee: She is a chatterbox and Nate lost the bet to ask Dee Dee to join their doodler's club. They then became good friends.

Teddy: Teddy is one of Nate's best friends he is in the doodler's club and the basketball club. Ted
This book is about a boy named Nate, who is the leader in his cartooning club, but is always getting bullied by a boy named Randy from Jefferson middle school, their arch enemy school. One day Nate's school floods and they have to move into Jefferson for a week. Oh ya and by the way, Nate's school has never beaten Jefferson at anything, so Nate HAS to be the first. What will Nate beat Jefferson at? Jefferson is good at everything! I would recommend this book to anybody who likes a good laugh.
Jaime Leroy
In the style of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate is a story intermingled with comics. In this installment of the Big Nate series (which can be read as a stand alone), Nate and his friends are frustrated because their rival school, Jefferson, beats them at everything. So imagine their dismay when their school, P.S. 38 springs a leak and they have to attend Jefferson while their school is being repaired. At Jefferson, they are bullied and made fun of. When Dee Dee tells Nate that everyone has an Ach ...more
Kim Harris
Now I understand why my students are such big fans of Big Nate. This was a very entertaining book. Nate's school has an ongoing rivalry with Jefferson Middle school, a neighboring school. The problem is, Jefferson beats PS38 at everything. When Nate's school is damaged by a water leak, Nate and his fellow students end up in the very last place they ever wanted to go, Jefferson. Will Nate's school ever beat their rivals?
While Nate was getting ready for the School Dance, a boy sneeked into the boy`s changing room. He stole his clothes, leaving him in just his underwear. Nate saw Dee Dee outside and she offered to lend him her clothes instead. The school danced ended early because the snow that was on the roof, leaked through to the ceiling of the school hall.

E-mail was sent too all parents saying that the children will need to go to Jefferson School while repairs are being done to the school building. Nate is n
Big Nate Goes For Broke By Lincoln Peirce:
This book is about the school PS 38's bobcats beaten by the Jefferson's middle school in nearly everything but Nate and Teddy and Francis and Dee Dee try to break the Jefferson's winning streak of 7 years then Nate figures there can be a snow-down to make the best snow sculpture ever will Nate win of lose to the Jefferson's once more.
I recommend this book for everyone
No matter what your age, if you're a fan of the Big Nate comic strip, you will love the Big Nate books. Not to date myself too much, but I look at Nate as a modern day younger version of Dobie Gillis. Lincoln Peirce has captured the Middle School mentality and turned it into a continuously hilarious series of books !
Thomas Sederquist
In Big Nate goes for broke the main characters are Nate, Chad,Dee-Dee Nate is this kid who always gets in trouble in class,because he is always drawing comics. His grades are the worst of all he doesn't even listen in class. The school that he goes to is p.s.38, and their enemies are the kids that go to Jefferson middle school. When Nate and his friends were walking home some boys from jefferson started throwing snowballs at them.

Nate's school had a dance and there was a band and all the snow on
this book was hilarious. i can't stop rereading this book and all of the series. if you don't like comics, this is not the book for you. i recommend this book to kids in second grade because it is an easy read. i also recommend this to every one cause of how funny it is.
Big Nate, book four.

Nate comes up with the idea for the coolest after school club ever--the Doodlers. Finally, there is a place where Nate can draw without getting detention! When the club advisor suggests recruiting some girls for the club, Nate balks, but eventually ends up inviting drama queen Dee Dee. This could end up being either the best, or worst, decision of his life.

When P.S. 38 is flooded, Nate and his friends are all set for an extended vacation. Sadly, instead of a vacation, they ha
This is a book whee you can find out how our friends in America live like. It's very entertaining plus, its very well described. It makes the reader want to read the book. It has lots of humor in it so it gets readers attention. One of the reason I like this book is, because it makes the reader "Why did that guy do that? What was it for?" So it gets really interesting when readers finally find out. Second reason is that the organization is well done. You can see that it goes with beginning part ...more
I thought that this book was ok but that it could have had a lot more done. I mean that building a snow man to finaly win is not that great. It might be that I am not snows biggest fan but it had a lot of potential then failed.
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I decided to read this book because I had recently finished the Diary of a wimpy kid book series and heard this book was similar to it. The plot of the story is Nate gets in trouble for drawing in class.So Nate decides to create a drawing club but there are many problems that he faces. My favorite quote in the story is after Nate and his friends beat Jefferson in the snow sculpture contest, and then Nate says to Nolan " No one wins at everything". I like this quote because it is a very funny mom ...more
The main plot of this story took a really long time to kick in. That would be my main complaint about it. The big stuff between PS 38 and Jefferson doesn't start happening until the very end. Other than that, it was just as good as all of the other books in the series.
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When the sprinkler system at school goes haywire filling the school with water and mold Big Nate and his friends think they will get an unexpected 2 week break from P.S. 38. Instead, they get bused to Jefferson Middle School instead – their arch enemies who beat them in EVERYTHING…soccer, battle of the bands, math quiz bowl – everything! The P.S. 38 kids are sick of it. They think hard about what kind of competition they could challenge Jefferson to that would given them a chance at winning…and ...more
Diana Pettis
In this edition of Big Nate, Nate helps his friends by being creative to beat out Jefferson school. Being creative and part of a team is very important.
I love this book this is one of my best books because the writer of the story really had some sense of humour and they keep on mocking each other
Big Nate is a Big Hit! Every kid will want to read this series. Funny characters, each having their own personality that you will love, loath, and all the in between. In this book Nate and all his classmates from P.S. 38 are having to attend Jefferson Middle School, due to flooding damage at their own school. Jefferson is the rival school in the neighborhood that seems to be unbeatable at everything, with a nasty superior attitude to go with it. Nate teams up with his friends to find something t ...more
Hunter Binion
Big Nate Goes for Broke is a great book. I recommend it to 8 to 15 year olds. If you have read and liked Diary of a Wimpy kid books, you would love this. It written by Lincoln Peirce.
It is a story about P.S.38 middle school gym collapsing so they have to go to Jefferson middle school. Nate, Teddy, and Francis hate Jefferson. Dee- Dee could care less. A kid named Nolan was bulling when Nate steps in and falls and breaks his wrist. He can't finish his comic so Dee- Dee does it for him. P.S.38 fin
as good as all the others! i really liked it.
It was so much then Big Nate and feinds.
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Lincoln Peirce is a cartoon artist from Portland, Maine. He lives with his wife and two children, and occasionally gives lectures to students about cartoon creating. Peirce writes the comic strip "Big Nate". Peirce's comic strip, Big Nate, is featured as an island on the famous children's website, Poptropica. Big Nate appears as the first cartoon on The Maine Sunday Telegram in the comics section. ...more
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  • Big Nate on a Roll
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