Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

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by Tim Federle
     
 

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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’sSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Middle schoolers who enjoy acting will find this sequel to Better Nate Than Ever entertaining as well as informative. Nate is now part of the cast for an upcoming Broadway show titled E.T.: The Musical and staying with his Aunt Heidi who also happens to be an actress. The plot realistically describes all the ins and outs of the five weeks leading up to opening night. Poor Nate keeps getting cut from scenes until he has very little to do, say or sing during the entire play. He is definitely an underdog but continues to remain his usual cheerful, bumbling self. His big break comes when he is chosen to play the role of E.T. in a special live TV promotion held in Central Park. Because of his phenomenal memory, Nate saves opening night when Jordan (the star) loses his voice and cannot perform the role of Elliot. Federle is an actor and according to the jacket blurb, these two stories are based on his actual Broadway experiences. The novel, full of humor, authentically depicts the feelings of an ambitious but confused young teenager. Adults who choose titles for their collections should be aware that the issue of homosexuality runs throughout the narrative and some graphic, explicit scenes are included. Consider adding the sequel if the first book is in demand, Reviewer: Sylvia Firth; Ages 10 to 14.
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 5–8—In this encore to Better Nate Than Ever (S & S, 2013), small-town theater geek Nate Foster finds himself in New York City after landing an understudy part in E.T.: The Musical. Everything he's ever studied, including practicing his own autograph, has prepared him for this. From hiding from bullies in the boys' bathroom in the first book, Nate has moved on to more grown-up problems-his voice decides to change during his solo tryout and he's dealing with secret admirers. He backs up all of his emotions and each action with a musical soliloquy, quoting from plays, scripts, and Tony-winning shows. But everything is not all glitz and mirrored disco balls, as he soon learns. Conversations with Libby, his best friend back home, keep him grounded. Everyone could use a little more glitter in their lives, and Nate shares his with those who are willing to celebrate that being an understudy can one day earn you top billing.—Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH
Publishers Weekly
★ 11/04/2013
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. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Jan.)
Anne Ursu
"With wit and panache, Five, Six, Seven, Nate! shows us that though we may face huge obstacles, we can and should still dare to dream big. These books, like their protagonist, have a heart as big, bright, and bold as Broadway."
Booklist
"Readers will cheer Nate along while also relating to him because, as Nate sagely observes, Broadway is just “like a junior high school cafeteria but with more glitter.”
BCCB
"[Five, Six, Seven, Nate!] provides a plot-driven, exaggerated exposé behind the scenes of a Broadway show that’s sure to entertain, and it continues to use Nate’s naïveté and the zany characters of the theatre for laugh-out-loud levity...Nate’s encore—an extravagant companion toTelgemeier’s Drama—will certainly be applauded by his loyal fan base."
SLJ
"Everyone could use a little more glitter in their lives, and Nate shares his with those who are willing to celebrate that being an understudy can one day earn you top billing."
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-11-02
Goodbye, Jankburg…hello, Broadway! Thirteen-year-old Nate Foster is back (Better Nate Than Ever, 2013) in all his hilarious, vulnerable and heartwarming glory and headed "home" to the Great White Way. Cast as Alien Number Seven and the understudy to E.T.'s understudy in the hotly anticipated E.T.: The Musical, Nate is prepared to do whatever it takes to make his dreams come true--even if it means a lot more cardio than he'd ever imagined. Nate navigates the rocky terrain of pushy child stars, stage momzillas and secret admirers with a wit and charm well beyond his years. Readers of the first book will be delighted at the continuation of Nate's practice of substituting names of Broadway flops as swearwords, which he kindly explains for the uninitiated. While humor is clearly one of Federle's strengths, what sets this novel apart is how beautifully he explores Nate's vulnerabilities, particularly with regard to his sexuality, his family and his own self-esteem. Lines such as, "I never sit when I'm on the phone with Dad, because it's the only time I get to practice what it feels like to stand up to him," speak volumes about Nate and will surely resonate with any reader who has ever felt out of place in his own home…or in his own skin. Nate will sing and dance his way right into readers' hearts. This is an encore performance that will leave them standing in the aisles. (Fiction. 9-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442446960
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
01/21/2014
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
395,513
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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