All of Nate Foster's dreams revolve around starring on Broadway. Living in a town like Jankburg, Pennsylvania doesn't present many opportunities for a thirteen year-old boy whose favorite pastime is singing Broadway tunes. When his best friend, Libby, discovers a casting call for the Broadway version of E.T.:The Musical, she encourages Nate to follow his passion and audition for the part of Elliot.
Together, Nate and Libby hatch an elaborate plan to escape Jankburg for an overnight trip to the Big Apple. Certainly he'll be back the next day with the part of Elliott in hand before anyone knows he's even missing, right? Unfortunately, even the best laid plans go awry.
The reader can't help but fall in love with Nate, idiosyncrasies and all, while he falls in love with New York. With a perfect dose of humor, debut author, Tim Federle, sets the stage for a standing ovation. The light-heartedness at the beginning of the novel, paves the way to the heavier issues of family relationships and sexuality. Full of adventure, unique characters and plenty of laughter, Better Nate Than Ever will have the young reader sneaking a flashlight under the covers into the wee hours of the night. Highly recommended for all those who have never really felt they have quite fit in.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Feb. 5, 2013)
Ages: 9 and up
Pages: 288 (hardcover)
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