Big Nate Goes for Broke (Big Nate)

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Big Nate Goes for Broke (Big Nate)
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8+
Release Date
March 20, 2012
ISBN
978-0061996610
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Big Nate is going for broke! Mighty Jefferson Middle School always wins. Then Nate decides it's time to go from zeroes to heroes! Will Nate crack under the pressure of the "Ultimate Snowdown"? Or lead P.S. 38 to its biggest victory ever?

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Can't keep this boy down
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Nate is glad that he and his friends have been allowed to put together the only cool club in the school-- the Doodlers. When their advisor says that they need to recruit girls, Nate approaches DeeDee, who (while a bit dramatic) has done awesome posters for the dance. Unfortunately, DeeDee thinks that Nate is asking her to the school dance, so he gets roped into going. While there, Nate is impressed that DeeDee is actually pretty cool-- she tells everyone they are there just as friends, rescues Nate when someone steals his clothes, and generally has fun with him. When their school suffers severe water damage, the students have to have classes in portables at the rival Jefferson Middle School, Nate and his friends vow to beat the overachievers there at something. Nate suffers a broken arm that makes it hard for him to draw, but a little thing like that can't keep a boy like Nate down.
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Nate is so well-meaning but unlucky that I do adore him. It's hard to write a sympathetic character who gets into trouble all the time, but Peirce does a fantastic job. I like DeeDee's character a lot! He also is very adept at writing a coherent story line, and the drawings are an organic part of the story. These are my favorite notebook novels.
seems unrealistic, but is not annoyingly so.
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Everyone has an Achilles' Heel
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This book is hilariously funny, big time. In Big Nate Goes For Broke, P.S. 38 closed down from an error with the fire sprinklers, and the students have to go to Jefferson Middle School. Jefferson always wins and P.S. 38 hasn't won a game against them for seven years. Nate thought that he could win in his next basketball match, but a little 'accident' in the canteen caused him to break his wrist. But then he has a brilliant idea, the Ultimate Snowdown! Can Nate and his pals go from zeroes to heroes? or will they lose, big time.

The characters are great, especially Dee Dee and Nate. Dee Dee is a funny girl who thinks life is one big drama. She makes the tinniest of problems the biggest mess possible. Nate is a funny little chap, he loves cartooning and is very funny. I recommend this book and its counterparts to boys and even girls , between the ages of 8-10.
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