Better Nate Than Ever
Better Nate Than Ever
Better Nate Than Ever
Tim Federle
“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 A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A Slate Favorite Book of the Year A small-town boy hops a bus to New York City to crash an audition for E.T.: The Musical in this winning middle grade novel that The New York Times called “inspired and inspiring.”Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for seeing a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom. Tim Federle’s “hilarious and heartwarming debut novel” (Publishers Weekly) is full of broken curfews, second chances, and the adventure of growing up—because sometimes you have to get four hundred miles from your backyard to finally feel at home.

Book Details


  • Juvenile Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Thirteen year old Nate Foster has always dreamed about being on Broadway, but instead he is stuck in Jankburg, PA, being shoved in lockers and bullied by James Madison. Nate's best friend Libby discovers that E.T. is the next Broadway production and encourages Nate to audition. When Nate arrives in New York by himself, he finds that he loves the city and its people. As number 91 on the audition list, Nate swiped his brother's ID and registered as Anthony Foster.

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