Big Nate Strikes Again

218p. 978-0-06194-436-9.
Gr 3—6—Peirce's second book about Big Nate is clever and funny. For Mrs. Godfrey's newest special project, a research assignment on a great American, the sixth grader gets paired with the perfect A-plus student, Gina. Horrible as this seems, something great also occurs—Nate is picked as a Fleeceball team captain and has a chance to win the coveted Spoffy (Sports Played Only for Fun) trophy. Unfortunately, he is late to the gym when players are chosen, and Gina is on his team. The pacing of the text and the black-and-white comic-book illustrations give the story a fun and carefree rhythm. Readers will be delighted to pick this up and find great characters who will stay with them.—Patty Saidenberg, George Jackson Academy, New York City
Nate (Big Nate) is partnered with grade-grubbing archnemesis Gina Hemphill-Toms for a research paper. Peirce gets the details of a sixth-grade boy just right: the humiliation of first love, monotony of school, relentlessness of bullies, etc. The angst is tempered by Nate's talent for making hilarious lists and drawing comics. Even the most jaded middle-grader will find much to laugh about here.

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