The Resource Better Nate than ever, Tim Federle

Better Nate than ever, Tim Federle

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Better Nate than ever
Title
Better Nate than ever
Statement of responsibility
Tim Federle
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Language
eng
Summary
An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T."
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Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2014
  • Golden Kite Award for Fiction, 2014.
  • Rainbow List, 2014.
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014.
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults: Top Ten, 2014.
Review
  • Gr 5 – 8 — Irrepressible 13-year-old Nate Foster is certain that stardom awaits, as soon as he can leave his stifling life in small-town Jankburg, Pennsylvania, behind. Using his ever-loyal best friend, Libby, as an alibi, he sneaks away to New York City to audition for E.T.: The Musical . Nate and Libby have an endearing habit of using the names of Broadway flops as stand-ins for foul language. A madcap adventure featuring bossy receptionists, cutthroat fellow performers, and wacky casting directors follows. With the help of an understanding aunt, Nate remains goofy and upbeat in the face of constant criticism and rejection. A fun and suspenseful ending will leave readers guessing whether Nate scores the part or not. Federle's semiautobiographical debut explores weighty issues such as sibling rivalry, bullying, religious parents, and gay or questioning teens with a remarkably lighthearted and humorous touch totally appropriate for young audiences.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, GA --Madigan McGillicuddy (Reviewed March 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 3, p156)
  • /* Starred Review */ Federle’s hilarious and heartwarming debut novel follows 13-year-old musical theater–loving Nate Foster on his meticulously choreographed overnight getaway to New York City to audition for E.T.: The Musical. Catchy chapter titles framed in marquee lights (“This’ll Be Fast: You Might as Well Meet Dad, Too”) and running gags, like Nate’s use of Broadway flops as epithets (“Moose Murders it all to tarnation!”), add to the theatrical atmosphere as Nate breathlessly narrates his backstory and real-time adventures. Federle (who has himself worked on Broadway) combines high-stakes drama with slapstick comedy as Nate travels by Greyhound bus—dying cellphone and dollars in hand—determined to get to the audition, conceal his lack of chaperone, and compete in the cutthroat world of child actors and stage parents. Nate’s desperation to escape his stifling home environment, instant love affair with the city, questions about his sexuality, and relationship with his dysfunctional but sympathetic family add emotional depth. Federle’s supporting characters affirm theater’s “no small roles” adage, and E.T. references abound—like Elliott’s bicycle in the film, this book soars. Ages 9–13. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 17, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 51, p)
  • A story of Broadway dreams tailor-made for the younger side of the Glee audience. Jankburg, Penn., has always been too small-town for 13-year-old Nate Foster's Broadway-sized dreams. Jocks and God rule in the Foster house, which is good news for Anthony, Nate's older brother, and bad news for a boy with a soft spot for jazz hands and show tunes. Thankfully, Nate's best friend, Libby, shares his love of the Great White Way. When Libby learns of an upcoming audition for a Broadway-musical version of E.T., it's too good an opportunity to pass up. With Libby as his cover, the two hatch a plan that will have Nate to New York and back with the role of Elliott firmly in hand before anyone even knows he's gone missing. Alas, things rarely go according to plan. Nate is a quirky and endearing leading man from the start, and anyone who has ever felt out of place will easily identify with him. It's a joy to watch him fall head over heels for a city that couldn't care less about him--in the best possible way. Unfortunately, the cartoonish cover art and a predominantly lighthearted beginning may mislead some readers. Federle's debut addresses--deftly--big and solemn issues in the second half of the novel, particularly with regard to family, sexuality and religion. Bravo, Nate! (Fiction. 8-13)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10170406
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Federle, Tim
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 009-013
  • 930L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.F314
LC item number
Be 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Nate
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Musicals
  • Theater
  • Auditions
  • Musicals
  • Theater
  • Auditions
  • Broadway (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Broadway (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Better Nate than ever, Tim Federle
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
951835
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9781442446892
Lccn
2011050388
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781442446892
Label
Better Nate than ever, Tim Federle
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
951835
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9781442446892
Lccn
2011050388
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781442446892

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