June 2014


Nate the Great

Marjorie Sharmat

It's no mystery that Nate the Great is the coolest kid detective ever! There isn't a case too great or too small for the one and only Nate. With help from his friends, his trusty dog Sludge and a few pancake pick-me-ups along the way, Nate the Great uses smarts, smiles and science to solve the most baffling mysteries that could ever befall a kid in elementary school.


  1. Books about mysteries are some of the most popular books sold in the United States and around the world, but what's the secret to a good mystery? As you read Nate the Great, keep track of the clues Nate uncovers to solve the mystery. Write a mystery of your own by recreating scenes from the book or by using your imagination to create a new story. Share your story with a family member or friend to see if they can solve the mystery!

  2. Describe how Nate the Great solved the mystery of Annie’s missing painting. How did Nate the Great use detective science to explain what happened to the painting?

  3. This year's Summer Reading theme "Fizz, Boom, Read!" featured at public libraries throughout Tennessee inspires children to discover science through reading. Read a book about a scientific topic that interests you and visit one of Tennessee’s museums or science centers to learn more about the subject. This website can help you find a museum or science center near you: www.tnvacation.com/attractions/museums/science/

  4. Nate the Great is a series of more than two dozen detective stories! After you finish reading the Book of the Month, visit your local public library to check out other books about Nate the Great or scientific topics that interest you.