A andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; Notable Book of the Year, a andlt;Iandgt;Publishers' Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt; Best Book of the Year, and a andlt;Iandgt;Slateandlt;/Iandgt; Favorite Book of the Year. A small-town boy hops a bus to New York City to crash an audition for andlt;Iandgt;E.T.: The Musicalandlt;/Iandgt;.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, heand#8217;s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, heand#8217;d settle for andlt;Iandgt;seeingandlt;/Iandgt; a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when heand#8217;s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libbyand#8217;s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. Thereand#8217;s an open casting call for andlt;Iandgt;E.T.: The Musicalandlt;/Iandgt;, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Tim Federleand#8217;s and#8220;hilarious and heartwarming debut noveland#8221; (andlt;I andgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/Iandgt;) is full of broken curfews, second chances, and the adventure of growing upand#8212;because sometimes you have to get four hundred miles from your backyard to finally feel at home.
Tim Federle was born in San Francisco, grew up in Pittsburgh, and began crashing New York auditions as a teenager, landing in five Broadway shows. Timand#8217;sandnbsp;debut novel, andlt;iandgt;Better Nate Than Everandlt;/iandgt;, was inspired by his adventures backstage;andnbsp;andlt;iandgt;Five, Six, Seven, Nate! andlt;/iandgt;chronicles Nate Fosterand#8217;s further exploits in andlt;iandgt;E.T.: The Musicalandlt;/iandgt;. Find the author at TimFederle.com and on Twitter @TimFederle.
Beverly B, July 25, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Aspiring Broadway star, Nate Foster, stole my heart. Nate's adventures and misadventures are comical, touching and a little scary, but Nate perseveres seeing every encounter as a learning experience that will make him better prepared for stardom. His optimism, enthusiasm, wit and ambition are inspirational. His love of musicals gets him harassed by his peers and ignored by his parents, but he does not let that stop him from studying and learning all of the best songs from all of the best plays. When his best friend tells him there is an open audition for ET The Musical in NYC the same weekend his parents will be out of town, Nate sees it as destiny. He sneaks away from his small town and hops a bus to New York 100% convinced he will win the starring role. Even middle grade readers who have never seen a musical will cheer for Nate and his success.
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