Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $5.99
  • Save: $0.95 (16%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book has already been loved by someone else. It MIGHT have some wear and tear on the edges, have some markings in it, or be an ex-library book. Over-all itâ?TMs still a good book at a great price! (if it is supposed to contain a CD or access code, that may be missing)
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective Paperback – October 8, 2002


See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$5.04
$0.87 $0.01
Best%20Books%20of%202014


Frequently Bought Together

Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective + Nate the Great and the Monster Mess + Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail
Price for all three: $14.32

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Kindle FreeTime Unlimited
Free one month trial
Get unlimited access to thousands of kid-safe books, apps and videos, for one low price, with Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. Get started for free. Learn more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Nate the Great
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (October 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440418216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440418214
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

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?


From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.

About 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.

More About the Author

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat has written every Nate the Great book. Here she collaborates with her husband, Mitchell Sharmat. They live in Tucson, Arizona.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
2
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 8 customer reviews
My son LOVES the Nate the Great series.
Jason Lewis
The book is written with the usual bits of wit and short sentences that make it a good book for young readers.
Mark Baker
My seven year old son has many of the other Nate the Great books, and loved this one, too!
bookbuyer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Nate the Great and his dog Sludge are on vacation to San Francisco. They are supposed to be visiting his cousin Olivia, but when they arrive she is out on several cases of her own.

One of her current cases is finding the joke book that Duncan misplaced. He's desperate to find it so he can keep a promise to tell a joke that afternoon. So Nate begins to try to find the book. Will he be able to track it down by the deadline?

There is much to enjoy about this book. The case is good, and I didn't figure out the logical ending, although I felt foolish for missing the clues. The book is written with the usual bits of wit and short sentences that make it a good book for young readers.

But I found that I missed the usual gang who do show up in a brief cameo. Nothing against the new characters, but they weren't nearly as fun. Plus I found the introduction of chapters a little strange since the book doesn't feel any longer than others in the series.

Still, this is a fun addition to the long running series, and fans of the detective will enjoy the outing.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
I kept seeing references to the "Nate the Great" books being classics and decided to try the first one and this one. The first one was, well, great, and, if "Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective" is any measure, after so many years and so many books the series is still top drawer. (This book is the 22nd in the series, first published in 1999. The illustrations are by a new artist, but in the style of Marc Simont, who did the first 20 books.)

There are some very, very good middle grade noir books that feature a middle grade Sam Spade style detective, and I like them because the tight plotting, snappy dialogue, and clean style is not only entertaining but a good model for young readers and writers. Well, this is basically a chapter book version of that that has the same virtues.

Here, Nate travels to San Francisco and gets to walk a different set of mean streets. We don't have the usual pals this time around, but we get a bit of a travelogue, which is a nice change of pace.

The writing is crisp, which fits perfectly with the noir style and with an early reader's need for sharp, clean, punchy sentences. There is dry humor. There are appealing sidekicks and supporting characters. And, unlike a lot of sloppy mysteries, these books are built on real clues, rigorous logical thought, and common sense. On top of all that, Nate actually displays a bit of that Sam Spade weary hero character that makes noir so special. These really are amongst the most accomplished and stylish of the chapter books and are a happy find.

Please note that I found this book while browsing the local library's Kindle books, and downloaded it for free. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
These Nate the Great books were favorites when I was in elementary school, and they're playing very well for both our freshly-minted 5 year old, and holding the attention of our not-quite-three year old, too.

The sentences are short and the pace is quick. The logical stringing together of seemingly random clues leads to the ultimate solution of the "mystery," and this helps keep the book in rotation. I also appreciate that there's a bit of character development with the recurring cast, because both of my young audience members latch on to this.

I have no doubt that these will be self-reads in the next year or so, but in the mean time, the series is turning into a great nap-time / nighttime session.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son LOVES the Nate the Great series. This one is more of the same, with a cute plot and outcome. Every Nate the Great book comes with a section in the back that has jokes, recipes, experiments etc. for little detectives to try. My son enjoys that as much as the book!

These are easy reads for a 2nd to 3rd grader, which helps build confidence before tackling bigger books! We own several in the series and will continue to build on the collection. A great step into the Encyclopedia Brown and Hardy Boys books!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?