The Nate the Great Series
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat


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Nate the Great is a series of beginning reader detective story chapter books.
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! - Publisher advertisement.
Illustrators: Marc Simont (1-20); Martha Weston (21-24); Jody Wheeler (24-29)
Co-Authors: Craig Sharmat (16, 20); Mitchell Sharmat (17-19, 25-27); Rosalyn Weinman (24); Andrew Sharmat (28-29)
Craig & Andrew Sharmat are Marjorie's sons, Mitchell her husband and Rosalyn Weinman her sister.

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (born 11/12/1928) is an American writer who has written more than 130 books for children and teens. Her books have been translated into several languages and have won awards including Book of the Year by the Library of Congress or have become selections by the Literary Guild.

Initially published by Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, now being reissued by Yearling.

    There are several continuing characters beside Nate and his dog Sludge.
  • Annie, owner of the fierce dog Fang
  • Oliver, described as a pest
  • Rosamond, strange owner of four cats (Super Hex, Big Hex, Plain Hex, and Little Hex)
  • Esmeralda, described as wise
  • Finley and Pip, occasional adversaries

 
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01: Nate the Great - 1972 - For Sale
Nate the Great has a new case! His friend Annie has lost a picture. She wants Nate to help her find it. Nate the Great must get all the facts, ask the right questions, and narrow the list of suspects so he can solve the mystery.

02: Nate the Great Goes Undercover - 1974 - For Sale
Somebody has been raiding Oliver's garbage can each night. How can Nate narrow the long list of suspects down to one? Nate the Great might just have to go under cover . . . under cover of the garbage can lid, that is!

03: Nate the Great and the Lost List - 1975 - For Sale
Although Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, are on vacation, they just can't resist a new case. When his friend Claude's grocery list is lost, Nate sets out to find it before lunch. But lunch draws nearer and the list is still missing. Nate the Great is worried: his reputation is at stake. It looks as if list has vanished--unless Rosamond's strange cat pancakes are somehow at the heart of the mystery.

04: Nate the Great and the Phony Clue - 1977 = For Sale
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.

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05: Nate the Great and the Sticky Case - 1978 - For Sale
A stegosaurus stamp belonging to Nate's friend Claude disappears, and the indomitable Nate the Great is called in on the case. At first, even Nate is stumped -- the stamp has just vanished without a trace! But with clues from the weather and his ever-faithful dog, Sludge, Nate is soon on his way to wrapping up his stickiest case yet.

06: Nate the Great and the Missing Key - 1981 - For Sale
Annie has lost her house key. Now she can't set up for Fang's birthday party. Nate doesn't want to go to a party for Annie's ferocious dog. But he can't resist a mystery. Nate the Great and his trusty dog, Sludge, are hot on the trail!

07: Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail - 1983 - For Sale
Nate the Great has his work cut out for him. Rosamond has lost his birthday present! But how can Nate find his missing present when Rosamond won't tell him what it is?

08: Nate the Great and the Fishy Prize - 1985 - For Sale
Nate the Great is about to enter his dog, Sludge, in the smartest pet contest. But when the prize disappears, it looks as if the contest will flop.
It's a tough case for Nate and Sludge as they search for clues leading to the missing prize. In more ways than one, it's a very fishy business. Can Nate and Sludge find the prize in time?

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09: Nate the Great Stalks Stupidweed - 1986 - For Sale
Nate the Great's friend Oliver has lost the weed he bought at Rosamond's ADOPT-A-WEED plant sale. But it's not just a dandelion or a clover. It's a Superweed! With his dog, Sludge, Nate must search for clues in the woods, the park, and even the library. But is the biggest clue right under his nose?

10: Nate the Great and the Boring Beach Bag - 1987 - For Sale
Oliver's boring beach bag is gone! This is a perfect case for Nate the Great and his trusty dog, Sludge. But there aren't many clues in the sand and surf. Which trail should they follow?

11: Nate the Great Goes Down in the Dumps - 1989 - For Sale
Nate the Great's friend Rosamond has started a future-telling business, but her money box is missing. Nate and his dog, Sludge, visit Claude, who helped Rosamond set up her business, and Finley, who collects boxes for his rat, but they can't seem to help. It looks like the only way to clean up this case is to get down and dirty in the dumps!

12: Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt - 1989 - For Sale
It is Halloween night and all the kids are dressed in scary and funny costumes. Their Trick or Treat bags are getting heavier.
Nate's good friend Rosamond needs his help. Her cat, Little Hex, is missing. Little Hex hates Halloween, so maybe he's hiding. Or is he lost? Nate and his trusty dog Sludge take the case and hunt in the night for Little Hex. They pass robots, pirates, and witches. But where will they find Little Hex?

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13: Nate the Great and the Musical Note - 1990 - For Sale
Nate the Great has just received a strange musical note. The note tells Nate's friend Pip what his mother wants him to do at four o'clock. Their friend Rosamond has turned the note into a riddle. Nate checks Rosamond's garage, but doesn't find any clues. Time is running out for Nate and his dog, Sludge. It's almost four o'clock. Will Nate the Great stay stuck in the middle of this musical riddle?

14: Nate the Great and the Stolen Base - 1992 - For Sale
Rosamund's baseball team has a very unusual second base-Oliver's gloopy purple plastic octopus. But one morning . . . it's gone! Nate the Great must pick up clues so he can find the missing octopus and go up to bat!

15: Nate the Great and the Pillowcase - 1993 - For Sale
It's two o'clock in the morning when the telephone rings and Nate the Great learns that Rosamond's pillowcase is missing. Outside, it is damp, dark, and dreary, but a good (yawning) sleuth knows that the hunt must go on. Can Nate find the missing case before his bedroom slippers wear out?

16: Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine - 1994 - For Sale
Nate the Great hates mushy stuff. He spies a big red paper heart taped to Sludge's doghouse. Who left Nate's dog a secret valentine? Nate will solve the case, and then there will be no more mushy stuff. At least that's what he thinks

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17: Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise - 1995 - For Sale
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and someone is eating the flowers in Nate the Great's garden. A green tortoise is slowly, slowly stepping across the lawn, and Nate is slowly, slowly following him. Where does Nate's green guest truly belong? It may take all of Nate the Great's patience and sharp eyesight to find out slowly.

18: Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas - 1996 - For Sale
Annie's dog is unhappy. When Fang is unhappy, everyone is unhappy. Especially Nate the Great. So Nate agrees to sniff out Fang's mysteriously missing Christmas mail. It's cold and snowy. But Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, will try to solve this holiday case in time for Fang to have a crunchy, munchy Christmas.

19: Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden - 1997 - For Sale
Rosamond is visiting Scandinavia when she loses something. She wants Nate the Great to find it, even though he doesn't know what she lost, what country she lost it in, or when she lost it. And he's thousands of miles away. But if Nate doesn't take the case, Rosamond plans to hire the King of Sweden. Nate doesn't want Rosamond to bother the poor king. And he does want the chance to solve his first-ever international case. Can Nate find whatever Rosamond lost without leaving his neighborhood?

20: Nate the Great and Me: The Case of the Fleeing Fang - 1998 - For Sale
Nate the Great needs your help. Annie's dog, Fang, is missing! That's what Nate discovers when his friends throw him a surprise Happy Detective Day party. Where is Fang? As you and Nate track down clues--Fang was learning tricks for the party; he was seen running away from two tiny poodles and following a lady wearing fluffy-bunny shoes--Nate will share his expert detective skills with you so you can sharpen your sleuthing talents.

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21: Nate the Great and the Monster Mess - 1999 - For Sale
Nate the Great loves his mother's Monster Cookies. But now her Monster Cookie recipe is missing! Nate and his dog, Sludge, get to work. They find lots of clues. But which ones count? Will Nate ever eat those wonderful cookies again?

22: Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective - 1999 - For Sale
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?

23: Nate the Great and the Big Sniff - 2001 - For Sale
Nate the Great solves crimes with his dog, Sludge. But this time, Sludge can't help. Sludge is lost! Nate looks high and low. But every clue leads to a dead end until . . . Nate realizes Sludge can help after all!

24: Nate the Great on the Owl Express - 2003 - For Sale
All aboard the Owl Express! Someone on the train is out to get Olivia's pet owl, Hoot. But whooo? Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, hit the rails to help out. Then Hoot disappears! Can Nate solve the mystery?

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25: Nate the Great Talks Turkey - 2007 - For Sale
A giant turkey is on the loose! And everyone is on the case-Nate, his cousin Olivia, his dog, Sludge, and even his friend Claude. But from talking turkey to stalking turkey, will every detective come out a winner?

26: Nate the Great and the Hungry Book Club - 2009 - For Sale
Rosamond has started a book club called Rosamond's Ready Readers. But she claims there's an evil page monster on the loose. This monster has ripped and ruined a page of the cookbook Rosamond uses to make treats for the club.
Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, go to the next meeting of the book club . . . as undercover detectives. All the members are there. They are reading a book when one of Rosamond's Ready Readers discovers that a page is missing. Has the evil page monster struck again?
Nate and Sludge know they have a real case. Their search for evidence takes them to Rosamond's kitchen and to a school book sale where a librarian gives them important clues. Can the pancake-eating detective and his bonemunching partner solve their hungriest case yet?

27: Nate the Great, Where are You? - 2015 - For Sale
Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, want to take a break from solving cases. So they hide out in the woods. But soon they hear familiar voices shouting, "Nate the Great, where are you?" There are many mysteries to solve!

28: Nate the Great and the Missing Birthday Snake - 2018 - For Sale
Rosamond is having a birthday party for her cousin Lizzy! Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, are invited. So are Lizzy's four pet snakes. Nate believes that a good detective knows his limits. Nate does not want to go to a birthday party filled with dangerous, slimy guests. But when one of these "guests" goes missing, Nate and Sludge must face their fears to save the day!

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29: Nate the Great and the Wandering Word - 2018 - For Sale
Esmeralda came up with the perfect name for Rosamond's pet concert. But she lost the pink paper where she wrote the word--and she can't remember what it is. Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, take on the unusual case, and they are soon braving pink papers and barking, oinking, and talking pets. Will Nate and Sludge find the word in time for the show to go on?

The Olivia Sharp Series


Volume 22 "Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective" establishes that Nate the Great and the girl detective Olivia Sharp are cousins.
"I, Nate the Great, have something to say. My cousin Olivia Sharp is almost (but not quite) the world's best detective. I solve mysteries. She's an agent for secrets. You won't forget Olivia. She won't let you."
Olivia sharp is back! Rather than solve mysteries like her cousin Nate, Olivia helps friends with their problems by detecting what's wrong beneath the surface. You'll be won over by Olivia's spunk, eccentricities, and can-do spirit.

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01: The Pizza Monster - 1989 - For Sale

02: The Princess of the Fillmore Street School - 1989 - For Sale

03: The Sly Spy - 1990 - For Sale

04: The Green Toenails Gang - 1991 - For Sale