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Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon! "Big Nate is funny, big time!"—Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Nate is going for broke in the fourth novel in the hilarious New York Times bestselling series by Lincoln Peirce! This time, Nate and his friends are in the Ultimate Snowdown—a wintry snow-sculpture competition against the bullies from Jefferson Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon! "Big Nate is funny, big time!"—Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Nate is going for broke in the fourth novel in the hilarious New York Times bestselling series by Lincoln Peirce! This time, Nate and his friends are in the Ultimate Snowdown—a wintry snow-sculpture competition against the bullies from Jefferson Middle School, who beat P.S. 38 at EVERYTHING! But as the rivalry between P.S. 38 and Jefferson Middle School escalates, will Nate be able to save the day? And finally win against his biggest rivals? This hilarious, comic-strip adventure is perfect for reluctant readers and fans of Jeff Kinney and Raina Telgemeier. Includes a sneak peek of Big Nate Flips Out!


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Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon! "Big Nate is funny, big time!"—Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Nate is going for broke in the fourth novel in the hilarious New York Times bestselling series by Lincoln Peirce! This time, Nate and his friends are in the Ultimate Snowdown—a wintry snow-sculpture competition against the bullies from Jefferson Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon! "Big Nate is funny, big time!"—Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Big Nate is going for broke in the fourth novel in the hilarious New York Times bestselling series by Lincoln Peirce! This time, Nate and his friends are in the Ultimate Snowdown—a wintry snow-sculpture competition against the bullies from Jefferson Middle School, who beat P.S. 38 at EVERYTHING! But as the rivalry between P.S. 38 and Jefferson Middle School escalates, will Nate be able to save the day? And finally win against his biggest rivals? This hilarious, comic-strip adventure is perfect for reluctant readers and fans of Jeff Kinney and Raina Telgemeier. Includes a sneak peek of Big Nate Flips Out!

30 review for Big Nate Goes for Broke

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    One of my students is a huge fan of Big Nate, and when he bought it at our recent book fair, and read it in one day, I knew I had to read it as well. What a fun, fun book! And I loved the emphasis put on both creativity and teamwork in this book in the Big Nate series. A great addition to our library!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sahal Sajeer

    Nate Wright is about to have the biggest blast when he hears that his school, P.S. 38, is going to close down for a short notice. This means that he gets to mingle with friends, relax and enjoy drawing comics galore! But, all that changes when P.S. 38 announces that studies will continue in Jefferson, the mortal enemy of P.S. 38. The thing is, P.S. 38 hasn't beaten Jefferson in ANYTHING, so Nate and his gang are ready for a thrashing. But all that changes when the find Jefferson's 'Achilles' Hee Nate Wright is about to have the biggest blast when he hears that his school, P.S. 38, is going to close down for a short notice. This means that he gets to mingle with friends, relax and enjoy drawing comics galore! But, all that changes when P.S. 38 announces that studies will continue in Jefferson, the mortal enemy of P.S. 38. The thing is, P.S. 38 hasn't beaten Jefferson in ANYTHING, so Nate and his gang are ready for a thrashing. But all that changes when the find Jefferson's 'Achilles' Heel' and use it against them in the upcoming snow sculpture contest. Will P.S. 38 finally beat Jefferson, or will they still remain the total underdog. Find out in Big Nate Goes for Broke by Lincoln Peirce, a story about comedy, courage and rising up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex_E1

    This is the second Big Nate book I've read and I just love these books so much. This book mainly talked about Nate's school's students competing against the Jefferson's school. The Jefferson school is the life long winner and Nate's school is a total loser. I liked this book because it tells us a moral: there are never total winners, everyone have a weakness. This tells us this life lesson, that could help us manage our feelings when we get frustrated, when we lose or when we met their kind of s This is the second Big Nate book I've read and I just love these books so much. This book mainly talked about Nate's school's students competing against the Jefferson's school. The Jefferson school is the life long winner and Nate's school is a total loser. I liked this book because it tells us a moral: there are never total winners, everyone have a weakness. This tells us this life lesson, that could help us manage our feelings when we get frustrated, when we lose or when we met their kind of situation.

  4. 4 out of 5

    CarsonB

    This book was awesome. It has so much humor in this book. It includes a kid named Nate, who's just like me, in middles school, and gets into some trouble. Nates school has a gas leak, so they have to go to their rival school, and stay there for the rest of the trimester. So, will Nate be able to keep it together for the remainder of the trimester? Also, my favorite part is when they do a snowman building competition and they find that Jefferson Middle School cheated, and they finally defeated th This book was awesome. It has so much humor in this book. It includes a kid named Nate, who's just like me, in middles school, and gets into some trouble. Nates school has a gas leak, so they have to go to their rival school, and stay there for the rest of the trimester. So, will Nate be able to keep it together for the remainder of the trimester? Also, my favorite part is when they do a snowman building competition and they find that Jefferson Middle School cheated, and they finally defeated the Jefferson Eagles.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Cute and funny. This series is definitely a winner.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samuel L C2

    This book is very addicting, it's very hard to get off. It's a good book to enjoy and it also has some comic parts to it. Nate does everything odd in the book. Nate's archenemy (Gina) is trying to edit the yearbook but he thought she would make everything about herself some he told his friend (Francis) to be the Co-editor and do stuff to stop her from taking over, this book can be found in Sora. Superpro book, must-read ;). This book is very addicting, it's very hard to get off. It's a good book to enjoy and it also has some comic parts to it. Nate does everything odd in the book. Nate's archenemy (Gina) is trying to edit the yearbook but he thought she would make everything about herself some he told his friend (Francis) to be the Co-editor and do stuff to stop her from taking over, this book can be found in Sora. Superpro book, must-read ;).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tristan Slaton

    Big Nate Goes for Broke by Lincoln Pierce is a story about big Nate and his friends had a snow day and is trying to have the best snow day ever but turns on them. at the school dance the sprinkler system went of and they went home. The next morning Nate, Teddy, and Francis where sledding on Teddy’s new tube when the despised rivals Jefferson came and popped Teddy’s new tube. so the decided to go to nates house. On there way back they saw construction workers at their school. They said “what's go Big Nate Goes for Broke by Lincoln Pierce is a story about big Nate and his friends had a snow day and is trying to have the best snow day ever but turns on them. at the school dance the sprinkler system went of and they went home. The next morning Nate, Teddy, and Francis where sledding on Teddy’s new tube when the despised rivals Jefferson came and popped Teddy’s new tube. so the decided to go to nates house. On there way back they saw construction workers at their school. They said “what's going on here”. The man turned around the water sprinklers system ruined everything and got everything wet and moldy so we have to close PS 38 for a while. the boys screamed with joy and rushed to Nates house. they were planning on meeting the Jefferson at the bus stop and say have fun at school and play all day and have the best week ever. Nate yelled at his dad “DAD DAD GUESS WHAT SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR A WHOLE WEEK”. His dad says I know you're principle sent and email and Jefferson. Nate stopped his dad ugh I don't want to talk about Jefferson. His dad say OK you but you may want to read the email. so Francis starts reading. yes school is closed for a while but we will not miss work. Nate says miss any work what teddy scrolled down they all read NO WE HAVE TO GO TO JEFFERSON SCHOOL FOR A WEEK AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julian Joseph

    The title of the book I finished reading was Big Nate: Goes For Broke. The author of this book is Lincoln Peirce. It is a fictional book and has 216 pages. The Main Characters are Nate, Dee Dee, Francis, Teddy and the Jefferson Middle School students. The book is about a boy named Nate, who complains that the Jefferson students always win everything, which is proved by the fact that Jefferson won at everything against Nate's school, P.S. 38 for the last few years. Dee Dee says no one truly wins eve The title of the book I finished reading was Big Nate: Goes For Broke. The author of this book is Lincoln Peirce. It is a fictional book and has 216 pages. The Main Characters are Nate, Dee Dee, Francis, Teddy and the Jefferson Middle School students. The book is about a boy named Nate, who complains that the Jefferson students always win everything, which is proved by the fact that Jefferson won at everything against Nate's school, P.S. 38 for the last few years. Dee Dee says no one truly wins everything, and that everybody has a weakness. It is easier said than done, as Nate's friends try to look for Jefferson Middle School's weakness. Will they find it? To find out more, read the book. I would recommend this book for people who like cartoon books like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, for example. Thank you for reading!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Layla

    great book and hilarious!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alex F_E2

    After reading this book, Sometimes in life, I feel like that I need to go crazy sometimes because of too much stress.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Charley Bayer

    I read the book Big Nate, Goes for Broke. It’s a funny fictional book, it is like a comic novel. The main setting of the book is at PS.38 Elementary, and at Jefferson High School. Some of the main characters are Nate, Teddy, Chad Francis, Dee Dee, and Mrs. Godfrey. Most of the conflict is between the schools, PS.38 vs. Jefferson. The kids from PS.38 vow to beat Jefferson at anything they can. I thought the book was good, and also very funny. But the book didn’t have a purpose, but it was funny I read the book Big Nate, Goes for Broke. It’s a funny fictional book, it is like a comic novel. The main setting of the book is at PS.38 Elementary, and at Jefferson High School. Some of the main characters are Nate, Teddy, Chad Francis, Dee Dee, and Mrs. Godfrey. Most of the conflict is between the schools, PS.38 vs. Jefferson. The kids from PS.38 vow to beat Jefferson at anything they can. I thought the book was good, and also very funny. But the book didn’t have a purpose, but it was funny. There was no information, power, or persuasive factors in the book, but it encourages to never give up. Overall it was a good, entertaining, and funny book. I would recommend this book to just about all kids under 7th grade, unless you haven't been reading enough recently, and need to finish a book in a short amount of time for some reason.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Caleb

    it was my favorite book out of the whole series but I still think that it could have been better

  13. 5 out of 5

    anthony

    My mom just died yesterday day and this got me happy My mom just died yesterday day and this got me happy. So I don’t have a mom any more so I’m fucking sooo sad

  14. 4 out of 5

    Oliver

    Big Nate goes for broke is a very funny, I think the author did a very good job at describing the details

  15. 5 out of 5

    London

    i liked this book because Nate is enraged to find out Jefferson is better than them. Later in the book, he goes to a dance. Trouble starts when the fire alarm goes off. The school is closed and the kids

  16. 5 out of 5

    William Ligabo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My thoughts on the book big nate goes for broke are that he has all of this terrrible luck and is very amusing to read. He is so scared of what will happen on his way to baseball practice. I felt scared for him because he almost fell off a bridge. He also tries to go for a record.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bennett Allen

    Big Nate Goes For Broke by Lincoln Peirce was a very good book. I rally liked how Nate had to go to the rival middle school which he always seems to have problems with while the school is getting the water drained from the gym. It was also cool to compare how Nate has evolved throughout the book and has become more mature. Th only thing I disliked about it was that it seemed like they spent to much time getting the problem and not enough to time solving it. In this book Nate is having a rivalry Big Nate Goes For Broke by Lincoln Peirce was a very good book. I rally liked how Nate had to go to the rival middle school which he always seems to have problems with while the school is getting the water drained from the gym. It was also cool to compare how Nate has evolved throughout the book and has become more mature. Th only thing I disliked about it was that it seemed like they spent to much time getting the problem and not enough to time solving it. In this book Nate is having a rivalry with Jefferson because Nate's school has not won a competition against Jefferson for 7 years. He sets out to beat them at something to break the streak. As this is happening Nate's school has a sprinkler problem and they have to go to Jefferson to have school. Also Nate finds out that they have a doodling club just like Nate's school. Then Nate finally comes up with a competition to have that he can win. And the rest is for you to find out. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read a previous Big Nate but this is a little more for children 5-15 than it would be for an adult. Also this would be suited more for boys than it would be for girls.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maddie Smith

    The book Big Nate: Goes for Broke by Lincoln Peirce is a hilarious book full of fun stories and events of young cartoonist Nate Wright. If you like fiction books, I highly recommend this book and series. Nate Wright, a future cartoonist in the making, is tired of his school always loosing to their rivals from Jefferson Middle School. When Nate's school, P.S. 38, has to be fixed due to a pipe malfunction, Nate and his fellow comrades must go to school at Jefferson for two weeks. Nate is determined The book Big Nate: Goes for Broke by Lincoln Peirce is a hilarious book full of fun stories and events of young cartoonist Nate Wright. If you like fiction books, I highly recommend this book and series. Nate Wright, a future cartoonist in the making, is tired of his school always loosing to their rivals from Jefferson Middle School. When Nate's school, P.S. 38, has to be fixed due to a pipe malfunction, Nate and his fellow comrades must go to school at Jefferson for two weeks. Nate is determined to beat Jefferson at the school's basketball game, but he finds himself in deep trouble when he stood up for Chad in the food court and ended up breaking his wrist. You can only find out if P.S. 38 finally beats Jefferson at something once you've read this book. I recommend this book to anybody who likes to read fiction books. I have read the books in this series many times and find them very entertaining. Even the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney said, "Big Nate is funny, big time." I hope you consider reading this book because I LOVED it! This book has 224 pages.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Noah Moon

    I really enjoy this book. This is one of the books in the series that actually has a story line, unlike the other books, which is only comics. This book is a mixture of comics, and a novel. I enjoy reading this series, and when i read it, I relate it to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I would definite read this book again,and would recommend this book to anyone who likes the comic type books with a story line in it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    James

    You should read the book because it was so hilarious!!! It was the most funniest and silly book i read.lol The book is almost like reading a Diary Of A Wimpy kid book. Its a really great book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Did you ever had that one school you despised as a child ? It could be a rival school, or a school that someone you hated went to, but most of us have had this school before in our lives. This conflict is perfectly shown in this book, Big Nate Goes For Broke. This book perfectly explains how 2 schools fight over literally everything and how school rivalries can get very serious if it gets out of hand. This book focuses on a a whole school trying to find the Achilles' heal of the rival school th Did you ever had that one school you despised as a child ? It could be a rival school, or a school that someone you hated went to, but most of us have had this school before in our lives. This conflict is perfectly shown in this book, Big Nate Goes For Broke. This book perfectly explains how 2 schools fight over literally everything and how school rivalries can get very serious if it gets out of hand. This book focuses on a a whole school trying to find the Achilles' heal of the rival school they have to face, Jefferson Middle School. It's now up to Nate Wright and his whole class, P.S. 38's seventh grade, to find Jefferson Middle School's weakness and exploit it to finally win against them. Nate Wright is in charge of the P.S. doodling club, a group he founded to be a place where anyone who wants can draw whatever they want after school. As a way of expanding the club, one of the teachers suggest that Nate try to add a few girls into the club. Being faced with this task, Nate decides to pick a girl who works as the poster designer for the school DeeDee. As Nate is about to ask DeeDee to join the club, he stumbles his words and DeeDee immediately thinks she's asking him to the dance. She says yes which forces him to go to the dance. During the dance the roof springs a leak, and the place starts flooding so the chaperones rush all the kids out to see their school flooding from the outside. The school is closed for maintenance to work on, and Nate and DeeDee are happy that they don't have to go to school for a while. To their dismay, they figure out from Nate's dad that everyone at P.S. 38 has to attend Jefferson Middle School. Jefferson Middle School is superior to P.S. 38 in every way. It has better food, a better mascot, better sport teams, and even better artists. Nate and his grade feel crushed by how superior the school is and sets out to find a way to beat them. I love the story of this book, it feels more unique than other books similar to this. I feel this book is very relatable, especially for the competitive people who care about the wins to losses ratio of rival schools. The story composition and plot are very well executed, while at the rising action and the climax, it feels very exciting. Like I previously said about this series, Lincoln Pierce, the author, has an amazing sense of pacing. The timing is perfect, and even in the climax it doesn't get to out of hand like other books do at their climax. I feel like literally any competitive person would like this book, as the whole book is about the competitiveness between 2 schools. Another good recommendation is the demographic of the book which is roughly 8-13, which is a perfect age for reading this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sloan

    How would you feel if you had a rival, but never won a single event against them, that's exactly what happens in Big Nate Goes For Broke by Lincoln Pierce. Nate Wright is in a doodling club and they need a girl in their club, Nate chooses to ask Dee Dee. Nate is in the middle of the question and Dee Dee assumes that he is asking her to the dance "I know what you were about to ask and sure i'd love to go to the dance with you!". At the dance Dee Dee helps nate out by lending him clothes when Rand How would you feel if you had a rival, but never won a single event against them, that's exactly what happens in Big Nate Goes For Broke by Lincoln Pierce. Nate Wright is in a doodling club and they need a girl in their club, Nate chooses to ask Dee Dee. Nate is in the middle of the question and Dee Dee assumes that he is asking her to the dance "I know what you were about to ask and sure i'd love to go to the dance with you!". At the dance Dee Dee helps nate out by lending him clothes when Randy takes his clothes. Nate is into cartoons and doodling and he has an idea for a contest they can beat jefferson at. He thought of doing a snowball contest. They find out jefferson actually doesn't win fairly and they get called out. Read Big Nate Goes For Broke by Lincoln Pierce to find out how it ends. This book entertained me the whole way through. It had many different conflicts that needed to be resolved. This book was action packed and a lot of fun to read! "Big nate is funny, big time" - Jeff Kinney author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Lincoln peirce has won many awards such as the NY times bestselling author. I think this book is perfect for a boy that is in middle school that likes to read fiction. There are many other Big Nate books as well. I honestly think this book is better than diary of a wimpy kid. Make sure to check this book out!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    There is something about Goes For Broke that is just so great. Its message is incredibly deep compared to the other installments. Nate explains P.S.38's hatred for rival school Jefferson, which is supposedly better than P.S.38 in every single way. (view spoiler)[At first, Nate believes that Jefferson is so perfect that he will never find the necessary weak spot needed to finally beat them at something. That is until the formal introduction of Dee Dee Holloway, who up until that point was only ve There is something about Goes For Broke that is just so great. Its message is incredibly deep compared to the other installments. Nate explains P.S.38's hatred for rival school Jefferson, which is supposedly better than P.S.38 in every single way. (view spoiler)[At first, Nate believes that Jefferson is so perfect that he will never find the necessary weak spot needed to finally beat them at something. That is until the formal introduction of Dee Dee Holloway, who up until that point was only very lightly referenced in the previous installments. The character makes a triumphant debut, not wasting a page in her attempt to show readers how great of a character she is. Through Dee Dee and her analogy to the Greek tale of Achilles' Heel, Nate learns that everyone, even Jefferson, has a weakness, and that it was just a matter of figuring out what that weakness was. And the way Nate finds that weakness, and how he uses it against Jefferson in the end, was absolutely brilliant. (hide spoiler)] For more children’s book reviews and other content, including my own work, check out the blog of an aspiring children’s book author at the Naimoli Children’s Books Blog!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bhavin Mohnani Purswaney

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about Nate who is a student of P.S. 38. A school that has never won Jefferson Middle School and Nate thinks its time to beat them for once.But after the sprinkler malfunction in P.S. 38,the students were moved to Jefferson Middle School until the problem is resolved. After a long thought,Nate suggests an Ultimate Snowdown,the art teachers of Jefferson Middle School and P.S. 38 both agree. While Jefferson Middle School had covered snow over an old suit of armour, .P.S 38 made a very This book is about Nate who is a student of P.S. 38. A school that has never won Jefferson Middle School and Nate thinks its time to beat them for once.But after the sprinkler malfunction in P.S. 38,the students were moved to Jefferson Middle School until the problem is resolved. After a long thought,Nate suggests an Ultimate Snowdown,the art teachers of Jefferson Middle School and P.S. 38 both agree. While Jefferson Middle School had covered snow over an old suit of armour, .P.S 38 made a very creative sculpture without cheating. Victory was theirs, they finally beat Jefferson Middle School. This book does show a boy's encouragement to his fellow students that hope is not lost there is always a chance if you don't give up.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Slow Man

    I have a problem. I can never get tired of reading Big Nate. It’s getting better and better. If not, the magic remains. Mr. Peirce must be doing something right. If you are reading this, Congratulations! You have earned a real fan. You got me hooked. Most of the time I was laughing inside. In this one, we see a lot of Dee Dee, the girl whose drama is beyond compare and with her help, Nate’s plan to win a challenge against Jefferson succeeded. I am very glad Archille’s Heel and Great Brain are ex I have a problem. I can never get tired of reading Big Nate. It’s getting better and better. If not, the magic remains. Mr. Peirce must be doing something right. If you are reading this, Congratulations! You have earned a real fan. You got me hooked. Most of the time I was laughing inside. In this one, we see a lot of Dee Dee, the girl whose drama is beyond compare and with her help, Nate’s plan to win a challenge against Jefferson succeeded. I am very glad Archille’s Heel and Great Brain are explained which made the story very educational. A mixture of words, drawings and comic strips got kids to read more and before you know it, they are reading chapter books and then becoming junior readers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    Celebration time! I love Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate novels, and have since the start. The deepening field of "novel-in-cartoons" literature should make any fan of comic strips happy, and I say the Big Nate novels are as good through the first four as Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and getting better with each installment. As much as I enjoyed Big Nate: In a Class by Himself and Big Nate Strikes Again, Big Nate on a Roll was a notable improvement, and Big Nate Goes for Broke again moves up a Celebration time! I love Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate novels, and have since the start. The deepening field of "novel-in-cartoons" literature should make any fan of comic strips happy, and I say the Big Nate novels are as good through the first four as Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and getting better with each installment. As much as I enjoyed Big Nate: In a Class by Himself and Big Nate Strikes Again, Big Nate on a Roll was a notable improvement, and Big Nate Goes for Broke again moves up a notch or two in quality. The storylines mean more than before, and the characters learn and grow to a greater extent than in the first two volumes. Lincoln Peirce is a fine cartoonist, but he can really write, too, and Big Nate Goes for Broke proves that. A new student club sprouts up every few seconds around P.S. 38 Middle School, or so it seems. In Nate's eyes most of the clubs are dull, girly, or weird, but his club, the Doodlers, is a welcome refuge to anyone who would rather daydream than do schoolwork. At after-school meetings of the Doodlers, cartooning is encouraged, and teachers can't stop the kids from having fun drawing to their hearts' content. When the Doodlers get a glimpse of the advanced artwork of students from the C.I.C cartooning club at rival Jefferson Middle School, however, they aren't happy continuing on the way they've been going. If they are to raise their game to match the artistic endeavors of the Jefferson kids, the Doodlers need to get a makeover, and per Mr. Rosa's suggestion, it starts by recruiting a deeper pool of artists to fill the club. "Making lousy stuff sound good is one of those things ALL grown-ups do." —Big Nate Goes for Broke, P. 121 When Nate is assigned the responsibility of asking drama maven Dee Dee Holloway to become a Doodler, it opens the door to quite an adventure, starting with a fateful school dance that puts the Doodlers on an unavoidable collision course with their wealthy counterparts at Jefferson. One bruised and one broken bone later, Nate and the other P.S. 38 kids have had their fill of unrelenting Jefferson Middle School supremacy, and resolve they have to do something to pull victory from an encounter with them, even if it's only in a contest of minor importance. The trouble is, hard as he thinks, Nate can't come up with any competition the kids from his school would have a prayer of winning. The Jeffersonites are too fast, too strong, too big, too smart, too well-trained, and have ready monetary resources at their disposal the likes of which students from Nate's school can only dream. "Everyone can be beaten! Everyone has an Achilles' Heel!" —Big Nate Goes for Broke, P. 112 Dee Dee insists every giant can be brought to its knees, even the super-kids of Jefferson Middle School, and she looks to Nate to figure out a way to press his strengths to decisive competitive advantage versus the entitled Jefferson students. Nate is a good artist and comedian, churning out comic strips that make teachers and kids laugh out loud, but the artists at Jefferson are at least as talented as he. What do Nate and his fellow Doodlers possess that can't be found in abundance at the middle school across town? If Nate can attack this puzzle laterally and creatively, he just might come up with the perfect contest in which to challenge his rivals. But will he deliver a victory for his school under pressure when they need it most? Lincoln Peirce is an intelligent, funny writer who knows kid lit. I love the reference in Big Nate Goes for Broke to John D. Fitzgerald's Great Brain series of the 1960s and '70s, when Nate says, "I'll give it the Great Brain treatment!" after Dee Dee challenges him to find a way to defeat Jefferson. "Have you ever read the Great Brain books? They're awesome." I totally agree with Nate on that score. The Great Brain books are some of the best I've ever read, and like Nate, Tom Fitzgerald's (a.k.a. the Great Brain) technique of cogitating on an idea overnight to arrive at a workable solution is a method I have borrowed countless times. It made me smile to see it mentioned in Big Nate Goes for Broke. Lincoln Peirce understands kids, artistic and competitive ambition, and the rewards of friendship and of engineering legitimate victory over an ostensibly invulnerable rival after repeatedly running into the brick wall of their dominance, and this book is a party which honors all of that. Good characters and stories, relationships that bend, change, and strengthen realistically between the covers of a single book: it's all here, and makes for an excellent read. I met Lincoln Peirce on his national Big Nate Goes for Broke tour in 2012, and he was as entertaining and individually engaging as I wanted him to be, an ideal ambassador for juvenile literature. I came early enough to the signing event that Lincoln Peirce offered to autograph my book before the festivities started. My copy of Big Nate Goes for Broke is signed, "To Josiah, with best wishes— Lincoln Peirce". I will always treasure it, of course. I believe I would give this book two and a half stars, not just two, and I'm excited to have more Big Nate novels to read; the series is an equally welcome treat for reluctant newcomers to reading and seasoned literates who love a book full of laughs and the antics of a protagonist as uncurbable and unpredictable as Nathaniel Jaden Wright. I hope his adventures never end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    Read the first four in just one sitting, pretty much. I needed some time away from my heavier reading as I'm going through some serious health issues. I needed a break from more thought provoking work and a chance to return to the drama of middle school! Just some fun books that relaxed me, made me laugh, and transported me to the days before I got sick. Ever feel like Murphy's Law, but in a way you can joke about it? Recommended if you enjoy older elementary/middle school reading on occasion, o Read the first four in just one sitting, pretty much. I needed some time away from my heavier reading as I'm going through some serious health issues. I needed a break from more thought provoking work and a chance to return to the drama of middle school! Just some fun books that relaxed me, made me laugh, and transported me to the days before I got sick. Ever feel like Murphy's Law, but in a way you can joke about it? Recommended if you enjoy older elementary/middle school reading on occasion, or are in that age range. Easy, clean books that are humorous too and don't deal with heavy subject matter if you just need something light, fun, and fast.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wataru

    I think the teamwork employed is great, and the climax is well written. Nate seems to be able to make new friends, as he did with Dee Dee. This really emphasizes the rivalry between P.S 38 and Jefferson, with the Jefferson students bullying and teasing the P.S 38 students more than in the other books, though it's probably to get readers to cheer P.S 38 on. Nate's ability to find the Achilles's heel (weakness) improves, and Dee Dee turns out to be correct. It teaches a lesson most of all. Everyon I think the teamwork employed is great, and the climax is well written. Nate seems to be able to make new friends, as he did with Dee Dee. This really emphasizes the rivalry between P.S 38 and Jefferson, with the Jefferson students bullying and teasing the P.S 38 students more than in the other books, though it's probably to get readers to cheer P.S 38 on. Nate's ability to find the Achilles's heel (weakness) improves, and Dee Dee turns out to be correct. It teaches a lesson most of all. Everyone has a weakness and can be beaten.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Remy

    Jealousy and competition is always better in a group. The teamwork off of it is amazing. This is probably the best Big Nate novel- because this time, it's not just Nate who wants to kick butt, but it's the whole of P.S. 38 meeting their ultimate rival. Even worse so when P.S. 38's roof leaks and they're forced to move to Jefferson. Nate's comics gets even better with a collaboration (I absolutely ADORE Dee Dee, okay?) and the story of Achilles is made even better with pure cartooning genius and Jealousy and competition is always better in a group. The teamwork off of it is amazing. This is probably the best Big Nate novel- because this time, it's not just Nate who wants to kick butt, but it's the whole of P.S. 38 meeting their ultimate rival. Even worse so when P.S. 38's roof leaks and they're forced to move to Jefferson. Nate's comics gets even better with a collaboration (I absolutely ADORE Dee Dee, okay?) and the story of Achilles is made even better with pure cartooning genius and spite in the snow. So yeah, this is probably my favourite Big Nate novel. By far.

  30. 4 out of 5

    John Phelps

    Its an all around great book. It makes you laugh, and it does it quite a bit. Nate is very funny and sarcastic. He doesn't like school like every other kid on earth. He has a change in his life during the school year. He tries to become student government and then makes up his mind not to after his friends talk some sense into him about it. In the end, he has a good year and continues on with life. Its an all around great book. It makes you laugh, and it does it quite a bit. Nate is very funny and sarcastic. He doesn't like school like every other kid on earth. He has a change in his life during the school year. He tries to become student government and then makes up his mind not to after his friends talk some sense into him about it. In the end, he has a good year and continues on with life.

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