I, Nate the Great, am a detective. My dog, Sludge, helps me.
I solve easy cases and hard cases. Sometimes I solve strange cases.
Especially for Rosamond. But this summer Rosamond was in Scandinavia.
There would not be any strange cases to solve. That is what
I, Nate the Great, thought until I looked in my mailbox.
I found a big picture postcard from Rosamond. The picture
was of a palace. So far, so good. There was a message from Rosamond.
I was in Norway.
Now I am in Sweden. I was in this palace today. I did not see the king. I
did not see a detective. I lost something on my trip. I don't know where.
I need your help.
If you don't help me, I will have to ask the King of Sweden to take the
P.S What I lost
is very tiny and works only at night. It lives in dark places. It looks
smart like you and thinks hard like you but it has a very long nose so it
probably thinks through its nose instead of its head but I'm not sure about
Rosamond was even
stranger in Scandinavia than she was at home. I, Nate the Great, could not
take a case that was thousands and thousands and thousands of miles away. I
threw Rosamond's card in the wastebasket.
The next day I got
Here are the
If you don't take
the case, call Sweden. Ask for Rosamond. If you take the case, you don't
have to call.
P.S. If you don't
take the case, I will hire that king. I will call him up. I will send him
cards. I will knock on his palace door. I will get him.
I stared at
Rosamond's card. There was a nice stamp on it. There was a man's picture on
the stamp. He looked like a king. He did not look like anyone who would want
to be hired by Rosamond. I began to think. This could be my biggest case
yet. It was international.
Rosamond had lost
something in a foreign country. Maybe in a palace. Maybe I could even save
the King of Sweden from Rosamond. i wrote a note to my mother.
Somebody lost something in Scandinavia. I am going to find it, I will not
leave the neighborhood. I will be back.
This case was a big
blank. Rosamond had not sent her address. I did not know what she lost or
when she lost it or what country she lost it in. How could I even begin ? I
decided to start at Annie's house. Annie and Rosamond are good friends.
Sledge and I went to
Annie's house. Annie was out front with her dog, Fang. " am on a case," I
said. "Rosamond lost something somewhere in Scandinavia. What do you know
about her trip ?"
"I helped her pack,"
"What did she pack
?" I asked. "Was it anything that looked smart and had a long nose ?"
Fang looked up.
He thought I was
talking about him.
"Rosamond took clothes, shoes, boots for hiking in the mountains, toothbrush
and paste, a hairbrush, and toys for her cats."
"Rosamond took her
cats to Scandinavia ?"
"Yes, she said that
the fish taste better over there."
"What she lost does
not sound like anything that she packed."
"She packed in a
strange way," Annie said. "She had a special place for everything. She put
her left boot on the left side of her suitcase, and her right boot on the
right side. She put her cats' toy mice in her shoes."
"She said her shoes
could be like mice holes for the mice.
Their home. Want to
hear more ?"
"Not if I can help
it," I said.
"Tell me, has
Rosamond written to you ?"
"Well, last week i
got this photo from Norway." Annie pulled a picture from her pocket.
I looked at it.
I saw Rosamond and
her four cats. They were standing in front of a store. It looked like a gift
shop. There were T-shirts and mugs and little figures in the store window.
Rosamond and her
cats were all wearing T-shirts.
Printed on every
shirt was NORGE KJERLIGHET ROSAMOND.
I turned the picture
over. On the back Rosamond had written, "This means Norway Loves Rosamond."
Annie said, "Rosamond told me that she was going to buy T-shirts and have
something printed on them."
"Aha!" I said.
"Since Rosamond didn't lose something she packed, she must have lost
something she bought. Do you have her address ?"
"May I borrow this
"Sure," Annie said.
"Can you find out why Norway loves Rosamond ?"
"I, Nate the Great,
would need a million years to find one clue."
Sludge and I went
home. i got my magnifying glass. I looked at the photo Annie got from