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Nate the Great and the Phony Clue (Nate the Great #4)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  263 ratings  ·  26 reviews
These chapter books introduce beginning readers to the detective mystery genre. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!

Early one morning, a torn slip of paper with the mysterious letters V I T A appears on Nate the Great's doorstep.He and his faithful dog, Sludge, set off to solve this latest mystery.Against
Paperback, 80 pages
Published May 15th 1982 by Yearling (first published 1977)
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Beginning reader
For kindergarten-3rd grade

Nate finds a clue on his doorstep and sets off around the neighborhood with his dog, Sludge, to solve the puzzle and prove that he really is a great detective.

Nate the Great is slightly pompous in his trench-coat and Holmesian hat, but he leaves no stone unturned in his quest to find out what's behind the paper clue on his doorstep. In an apparently adult-free world, he roams the neighborhood with his dog, interrogates his friends for further information
Students who are interested in mystery, and are at the transitional level of reading will really enjoy this story. The child detective doesn't stop at one finding, he goes on to finding a much bigger finding, who exactly wrote the note. This book would be great for students who like making predictions addressing the clues throughout the book or predictions on how the detective is going to find the suspect. Very simple and short read.
Chelsea Kimmey
This book is a transition book that could be used for vocabulary lessons. There are words that most students may not know the meaning too that they can use context clues and other vocabulary strategies to find the meaning
Nate was matching papers together (lik atas to invatations together it was in invitation)?
Mandy Robek
A fun book to show Nate the Great in action.
Natalie Weber
A lot of strategies could be used with this book
Michelle. D.
Nate the Great books aren't that great. I hated them when I was a kid, yet I would always read them.The endings of the books were always the same, they figured out what or who did it. And where are Nate's parents? They just let their son walk around everywhere and question people. That is very irresponsible of them. Nate the Great books always made me fall asleep and always wasted my time. I would not recommend this book to anyone, especially little kids. If kids want real mystery, they should r ...more
Early one morning, a torn slip of paper with the mysterious letters V I T A appears on Nate the Great's doorstep.He and his faithful dog, Sludge, set off to solve this latest mystery.Against ferocious cats, hostile adversaries, and a sly, phony clue -- not to mention a three o'clock deadline -- Nate struggles to prove, once again, that he is Nate the Great.
This series was out when I was a child, I don't know how I never stumbled across them then.

Anyway, this is a very cute book. I bought it for my nephew, and I think he'll like it. The edition I have has bonus materials including jokes, trivia, activities, and a recipe for a log cake that I want to test out with my nephew pretty soon.
We listened to this. He loved it--five stars he says, but since this is my goodreads account, my opinion wins. I did get a little annoyed with the reader of the audiobook overemphasizing "I, Nate the Great" repeatedly. It was like a speed bump in the listening experience. Ian was thrilled to read that the author lives in our city.
Kristine Pratt
As usual Nate is brilliant as he puts together the clues that start with a scrap of paper on his front porch.

I also want to give kudos here to clever friends who try to challenge him. Overall this was a fun book and I really liked the quest for the rest of the message, and enjoyed being surprised by the ending. Great job!
Jun 22, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We love the Nate the Great books and have read many of them. Now we are on a hunt to find the ones we haven't read. This was an entertaining story and we enjoyed reading it together.
At AR BL: 2.6, this chapter book is accessible to students still mastering blending of more difficult words while still giving them a chapter book feel. And, who doesn't like a young man and his dog solving mysteries?
Terri Pray
Read with Jack over two days, he enjoys the Nate the Great series. The sentences are easy and often repetitive, and Nate's fascination with pancakes, clues, and his dog, Sludge, help to keep a child interested.
Angela Barrons
This was a great book to read as a class. We found that a lot of Nate the
Great's details were in the pictures. We had a lot of connections to this
story as well. We love Nate the Great!
PIcked this up at an old bookshop today. This series was a childhood favorite; thought I'd add it to my collection. :)
Cyndi Taylor
Great little mystery for kids. Simple enough for my 5&6 year olds to follow and "hard" enough to keep my 9 year old interested.
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The first book Matt and I read in the Nate the Great series. A fun little read.
Clever puzzle and solution. Comes with extras that we haven't yet explored.
Read with my daughter, Abby, during the summer of 2011.
This one really got my son's creativity going.
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