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Nate the Great San Francisco Detective (Nate the Great #17)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  232 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 8th 2002 by Yearling (first published September 12th 2000)
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Clinton Brown
In this book Nate the his dog named sludge went to go see Nate's cousin
named Olivia in San Francisco. Then when they got there they started to looked
for her but they did not see her . Then they saw someone with NATE THE GREAT
on a peice of paper. Then they got into a limo and drove all around S.F. .
Then the driver took them to Olivia's house.After that Nate was sitting in a
chair then the phone rang and it was Annie, Rosamond,and Cluade.Annie said she
miss Nate Rosamond said her cats some fish th
My 6 year old son loves to read, especially mysteries and adventure stories, but he has somehow resisted "chapter books" preferring his Tintin comics and non-fiction about ships, trains, and airplanes. Until a smart librarian introduced him to Nate the Great this weekend, that is. He read all of this particular adventure aloud to me in one sitting, which takes Nate and his dog Sludge to San Francisco, where they solve a mystery that was being handled by Nate's detective cousin Olivia.

It's not a
Mark Baker
Nate is visiting his cousin in San Francisco. She is a junior detective as well, and Nate winds up taking on one of her cases - a missing joke book. While I missed the regular supporting characters and found the chapters a little weird, I did still like the book.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Nov 30, 2014 kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids, fic, 2014
was looking for short chapter books to read to a preschooler that would be interesting for her, but not totally dumbed down for a beginning reader - this turned out to be a good option. I think we both enjoyed it (I fondly recall liking Nate the Great a million years back too). decent mystery follow through for such a short book. will be reading more to her!
I don't know why, but I love these little books. They are so subtly funny, but my four year old gets the jokes, and my two year old will actually sit and listen to an entire book if it's Nate the Great (of course his name is Nate, so I suspect he thinks they are about him......) Still any book that holds their attention for it entirety even at this length of story is okay in my book (pun intended). Easy for me to read too because I get tired of the same picture books over and over. This way we g ...more
Nate the great went to San Francisco to see his cousin. She was on a case so Nate the great helped her with it.
Yasuko Takatsuki
2013.4.18 2328words
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
Apr 28, 2011 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: new readers
Recommended to Beth by: elementary school
trying to start reading chapter books to Nate. He had NO, NONE, ZERO interest. He doesn't want to sit still that long. Going to try Little Bear, Henry and Mudge, and others. Mostly I think I will stick to the large picture books. If he had his way, he would be reading all Star Wars, and super heroes, all the time! NO THANK YOU VERY MUCH=) !!!
Oct 07, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Fairly typical book in the Nate the Great series, only this time he is on location in San Francisco and being chauffeured around in a limo. Otherwise, it's pretty much like all the others we've read. We enjoy them, though, and will read more as we come across them in our library.
Feb 28, 2015 Brady rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I like that Nate always eats pancakes,because I like them too.
Haley Hamilton
Read over a couple days. Chapter or two at a time.
Have students predict what will happen each day. Where will be find the book? Will he find it?
Could lead to students reading more of this series
Another good early chapter book for kids. Enough humor and mystery to keep them reading, but not too difficult to understand or read.
Tate Rytky
Good early chapter books for Tate. He likes the simple mystery storylines. And he likes that "Nate" rhymes with "Tate." : )
A good story to use in the study of narrative elements or characterization. A thought provoking solution to a mystery.
Karen Stanford
I love the Nate the Great series and this is another great one! Perfect for those who appreciate stories.
The PandaBat loves Nate the Great. I guess mystery fandom starts young.
Inspired Kathy
An easy reader for kids transitioning from picture books to chapter books.
Jaca Long
the book was great because nate the great had to find a joke book.
Zeinab  Haj Hasan
read it in grade3
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Marjorie Weinman Sharmat is an American children's writer. She has written more than 130 books for children and teens and her books have been translated into several languages. They have won awards including Book of the Year by the Library of Congress or have become selections by the Literary Guild.
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