“The Nate series by Tim Federle is a wonderful evocation of what it’s like to be a theater kid. Highly recommended.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the musical, Hamilton
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award
Encore! Nate Foster’s Broadway dreams are finally coming true in this sequel to Better Nate Than Ever that Publishers Weekly calls a “funny, tender coming-of-age story.”
Armed with a one-way ticket to New York City, small-town theater geek Nate is off to start rehearsals for E.T.: The Broadway Musical. It’s everything he ever practiced his autograph for! But as thrilling as Broadway is, rehearsals are nothing like Nate expects: full of intimidating child stars, cut-throat understudies, and a director who can’t even remember Nate’s name.
Now, as the countdown to opening night is starting to feel more like a time bomb, Nate is going to need more than his lucky rabbit’s foot if he ever wants to see his name in lights. He may even need a showbiz miracle.
The companion novel to Better Nate Than Ever, which The New York Times called “inspired and inspiring,” Five, Six, Seven, Nate! is full of secret admirers, surprise reunions, and twice the drama of middle school...with a lot more glitter.
This sequel to Federle's charming debut, Better Nate Than Ever, finds 13-year-old Nate Foster with a part on Broadway in E.T.: The Musical. Arriving from small-town Pennsylvania, Nate is ready to have his horizons expanded, but not every new experience delights: power struggles and personality clashes add pressure to the fast-tracked rehearsal schedule. (The territory disputes remind Nate of a "junior high school cafeteria but with more glitter.") He must also make peace with his own diminishing role: the choreographers have no use for a pudgy kid who can't dance, and it turns out Nate isn't E.T.'s understudy, he's E.T.'s understudy's understudy. Readers learn a bit more about Aunt Heidi, but Nate's parents remain offstage, and best friend Libby appears mostly on Skype, often with bad news about her mother's health. Even the large, colorful cast of the show can't deprive Nate of the spotlight in this funny, tender coming-of-age story, which doubles as an insider account about growing up on stage that will appeal to every budding theater geek. Encore! Ages 10 14.
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A perfect novel for anyone who ever felt different
Both of the books in this series nail it in a way that is shockingly perfect. Hard to believe that Mr. Federle can so effortlessly summon what it is like to be a self conscious misfit of a kid with dreams of leaving his small town world behind.