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Nate the Great Goes Undercover Paperback – February 15, 1978

4.5 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
Book 2 of 26 in the Nate the Great Series

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Nate the Great has his first night case! "Detective work is not fun and games," Nate explains. "Detective work is dirty garbage cans instead of clean beds. Detective work is banana peels, dishrags, milk cartons, floor sweepings, cigar ashes, fleas, and me..."

It's a tough case. Somebody is raiding Oliver's garbage can each night, but who? The list of suspects is long--Rosamond and Esmeralda, the girls down the street; Rosamond's cats; and all the shrews, moles skunks, birds, and racoons in the neighborhood. Nate courageousely encounters a skunk (nose first) and a telephone pole (head on), but not until he goes under cover of the garbage-can lid does he narrow the suspects down to one.

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Nate the Great has his first night case! "Detective work is not fun and games," Nate explains. "Detective work is dirty garbage cans instead of clean beds. Detective work is banana peels, dishrags, milk cartons, floor sweepings, cigar ashes, fleas, and me..."
It's a tough case. Somebody is raiding Oliver's garbage can each night, but who? The list of suspects is long--Rosamond and Esmeralda, the girls down the street; Rosamond's cats; and all the shrews, moles skunks, birds, and racoons in the neighborhood. Nate courageousely encounters a skunk (nose first) and a telephone pole (head on), but not until he goes under cover of the garbage-can lid does he narrow the suspects down to one.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 300L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: A Yearling Book; New Yearling ed. edition (February 15, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440463025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440463023
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Nate the Great, the youngest detective to ever deliver tough guy lines, is summoned to his newest case by his next door neighbor, Oliver. Oliver is something of a pest because he follows people. It doesn't matter who they are or where they're going, if they catch Oliver's eye he will follow them. He's followed Nate the Great around on a lot of the cases Nate has been given to find things his friends have lost. Oliver's problem sets Nate on his first night case as a detective. Someone is stealing from Oliver's garbage can and dumping the rest all over the place. Reluctantly, Nate the Great takes the case and is followed by Oliver. Along the way, Nate finds out what Rosamond's four cats will eat. It is a very long list, and not at all what Nate needs to know. Researching the case also leads Nate to the local library to study nocturnal animals. However, the real culprit who is stealing Oliver's garbage is a major surprise!
Marjorie Weinman Sharmat is the author of over twenty Nate the Great adventures, including NATE THE GREAT STALKS STUPIDWEED, NATE THE GREAT AND THE BORING BEACH BAG, NATE THE GREAT AND THE HALLOWEEN HUNT, and NATE THE GREAT AND THE MUSHY VALENTINE. She has written dozens of books for young readers. She named Nate the Great after her father. Her books have been named as Children's Choice books and Junior Literary Guild selections, and been picked as Books of the Year by the Library of Congress.
As usual, Majorie Weinman Sharmat writes a sharp and smartly told tale. Nate the Great is one of the best fictional heroes to ever come about for young readers and pre-readers. Reading one of the Nate the Great books to a pre-reader is a fantastic privilege. The first-person, clipped dialogue is pure pleasure for the reader willing to do "voices.
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By A Customer on January 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Nate the Great is a cool detective who solves lots of mysteries. In this story he is trying to find out who is dumping Oliver's trash. We liked it when Nate the Great went undercover to solve the case. The best part was when Nate runs into a "Stinky Surprise"! We think this is a great book for all second graders.
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By Amy Aldrich on September 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Just as much fun as the first one, we're really loving Nate the Great!! In this volume, we join Nate on his first "night case." What is this case? Well, Nate has been hired by his annoying neighbor Oliver whose garbage keeps getting dumped over in the middle of the night...WHO would want to steal GARBAGE?! Nate the Great is on the case in no time flat with a LONG, LONG list of suspects....including just about every neighborhood animal you can think of.

Delivered in the same P.I. voiceover as the first book, Nate the Great continues the great tradition of tough guy private detectives...well, as tough as a kid can get at any rate...I can almost imagine it being read by Leslie Neilson (of spoof flick fame), because there is such an edge of hilarity in each book, that you can't resist getting a total kick out of reading how Nate narrows down the suspects and solves the mystery! Another hit for Sharmat! We're still loving the Nate the Great series and plan to read many more!!
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A Kid's Review on January 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
Nate the Great Goes Undercover

Written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

If you like to solve mysteries, you would like to read Nate the Great Goes Undercover by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Nate the Great has a challenge ahead of him. The challenge is: Who is tipping over Oliver's garbage can? Nate and his dog Sludge set out at night to solve the mystery. They ask friends, look for clues, and they get down and dirty trying to find out what's happening to Oliver's garbage.

Nate the Great books are really fun to read because there is always a surprise at the end. Are you ready to solve a mystery? Pick up Nate the Great Goes Undercover and you will not be disappointed.

Written by: Devan
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It is a great story and the bonus at the end is the educational questions and information that tie in with the story and the recipes as well. I bought this for my 6 yr old grandson and plan to buy him more of these books.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My 7 year old has some struggles with reading...so the best thing about this series is that he CAN read it with minimal struggle (yet still challenging enough) and he doesn't deem the content 'baby-ish.' Win, win.
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
I recieved this audio from Random House's free audio download. If you can get a copy do get it, its free as well as Holly Blacks's White Cat (Curse Workers) is as well

John Lavelle seems to have great fun in his narration of theis children book. This 13 minutes fly by as you are pulled into Nate's first detective case.

There are a few overlapping vocal shadings. However, on the whole, this audio is good

This is one of those audios that adults will enjoy just as much as the children will

Bennet Pomerantz
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Format: Paperback
This exact book was on of my favorite reads when I first started reading books. I order this and another book (I probably read lol) for my 6 month old son. I want to read it to him and later on he can begin reading to himself or we can read it together
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