Marjorie W. Sharmat

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Marjorie W. Sharmat
Born Marjorie Weinman
(1928-11-12) November 12, 1928 (age 89)
Portland, Maine, United States
Pen name Wendy Andrews
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater Westbrook Junior College
Genre Children's literature
Notable awards Book of the Year Citation from the Library of Congress
Partner Mitchell Sharmat
Relatives Craig Sharmat, one of her sons

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (born November 12, 1928) is an American children's writer.[1] She has written more than 130 books for children and teens and her books have been translated into several languages. They have won awards including Book of the Year by the Library of Congress or have become selections by the Literary Guild.

Perhaps Sharmat's most popular work features the child detective Nate the Great. He was inspired by and named after her father, who lived to see the first Nate book published.[2] One story, Nate the Great Goes Undercover, was adapted as a made-for-TV movie that won the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival Award.[when?] Sharmat's husband Mitchell Sharmat expanded Nate's storyline by creating Olivia Sharp, his cousin and fellow detective. Husband and wife wrote four Olivia Sharp books published 1989 to 1991. During the 1990s, their son Craig Sharmat (then in his thirties) wrote three Nate books with his mother.

In the mid-1980s Sharmat wrote three books published in 1984 and 1985 under the pseudonym Wendy Andrews (below).[3]

Sharmat also wrote the Sorority Sisters series, eight short novels published in 1986 and 1987 (not listed below). They are romantic fiction with a sense of humor. They are set in a California public high school (day school for ages 14 to 18, approximately).

Early life[edit]

Sharmat, who was born in Portland, Maine on November 12, 1928, graduated from Westbrook Junior College in 1948.[4] Sharmat's parents were Nathan and Anna Richardson Weinman. Nathan Weinman was a dry goods manufacturer and dealer. She has one sister, Rosalind.[1]


Many of Sharmat's publications belong to one of the series (below) Nate the Great (from 1972), Morris Brookside (1973–1974), Olivia Sharp (1989–1991), or Duz Shedd (1993–2000).

Morris Brookside[edit]

Illustrated by Ronald Himler:

Duz Shedd, or Genghis Kahn[edit]

Illustrated by Mitchell Rigie:

  1. Hollywood Hound: A Duz Shedd Story (AKA The Great Genghis Khan Look-Alike Contest), 1993
  2. A Dog Star is Born: A Duz Shedd Story (AKA Genghis Kahn: A Dog Star is Born) 1994
  3. Dog-Gone Hollywood: A Duz Shedd Story (AKA Genghis Kahn: Dog-Gone Hollywood) 1994
  4. Dirty Tricks: A Duz Shedd Story, 2000

Nate the Great[edit]

Illustrated primarily by Marc Simont, later by Martha Weston (as chapter books), recently by Jody Wheeler (also as chapter books):

  1. Nate the Great, 1972
  2. Nate the Great Goes Undercover, 1974
  3. Nate the Great and the Lost List, 1975
  4. Nate the Great and the Phony Clue, 1977
  5. Nate the Great and the Sticky Case, 1978
  6. Nate the Great and the Missing Key, 1981
  7. Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail, 1983
  8. Nate the Great and the Fishy Prize, 1985
  9. Nate the Great Stalks Stupidweed, 1986
  10. Nate the Great and the Boring Beach Bag, 1987
  11. Nate the Great Goes Down in the Dumps, 1989
  12. Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt, 1989
  13. Nate the Great and the Musical Note, 1990 (written with son Craig Sharmat)
  14. Nate the Great and the Stolen Base, 1992
  15. Nate the Great and the Pillowcase, 1993 (with sister Rosalind Weinman)[1]
  16. Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine, 1994
  17. Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise, 1995 (with Craig Sharmat)
  18. Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas, 1996 (with Craig Sharmat)
  19. Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden, 1997
  20. Nate the Great and Me: The Case of the Fleeing Fang, 1998
  21. Nate the Great and the Monster Mess, 1999
  22. Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective, 2000 (written with husband Mitchell Sharmat)
  23. Nate the Great and the Big Sniff, 2001 (with Mitchell Sharmat)
  24. Nate the Great on the Owl Express, 2003
  25. Nate the Great Talks Turkey, 2006 (with Mitchell Sharmat; illus. Jody Wheeler)
  26. Nate the Great and the Hungry Book Club, 2009 (with Mitchell Sharmat; illus. Jody Wheeler)

Olivia Sharp[edit]

Featuring Nate the Great's cousin, Olivia Sharp, "Agent for Secrets". Co-written with husband Mitchell Sharmat and illustrated by Denise Brunkus:

  1. The Pizza Monster, 1989
  2. Princess of the Filmore Street School, 1989
  3. The Sly Spy, 1990
  4. The Green Toenails Gang, 1991
  5. Akulakhan, 2002


  1. ^ a b c d e "Picture Books Author of the Month: Marjorie Sharmat". Greenville Public Library (Greenville, RI). Retrieved 10 March 2013.  Short biography and Titles list.
  2. ^ Henneman, Heidi (2002). ""A kid detective who never grows old"". Archived from the original on November 5, 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-17. . 30th anniversary interview of Marjorie Sharmat. BookPage ( Archived 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
      Published with subtitle "Interview by Heidi Henneman" and numerous quotations, not in interview format.
  3. ^ "Author Information: Wendy Andrews". Internet Book List. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
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