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Better Nate Than Ever Hardcover – February 5, 2013
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Now, I work in a public library. We started with this book down in the children's department. Amazon says ages 9+. I cannot think of any 9 year old that I could possibly give this book to. Honestly, I can't think of any child I would give this book to at all. Nate is definitely showing signs that he wants to be with boys, but he is only 13 and hasn't made that decision yet. There is nothing wrong with that to me. To some parents, they might not feel the same way, or they might just not be ready to discuss that with their children. I wouldn't want to be the person that handed this book to a parent that wasn't ready for their child to read about it. Also, they use a word that starts with "f" and is a derogatory term for homosexual person. (Amazon won't let me say the word in my review, yet it appears many times in a book for children ages 9+???) Again, something many parents don't want their children introduced to. So there is a chance I could find a parent to discuss this with, and they could give it to their child fully prepared for discussion afterward. Unfortunately, I fear that most kids will see the cover and pick it up because it's cute, and these kids very well could have parents that don't want that discussion.
We decided to move this up to the teen section. It is a pretty juvenile story, but I'm hoping some 13 or 14 year old kids who love theater will pick this up and fall in love with it. Also, it might find an audience in people questioning their sexual preferences.Read more ›
Nate is 13, and tormented in school in his home town near Pittsburgh. His one best friend is Libby and she shares his love of musical theater. He embarks on a trip to New York City by himself to audition for E.T. the Musical. I think Federle gets the tone of middle school aged kids exactly right: Whip-smart funny, but also naive and unsure of themselves. I absolutely loved all of Nate's wide-eyed observations about being in New York City for the first time. He's amazed to find Appleby's right next to the bus station! And a cupcake shop on every street.
The author has appeared in several Broadway shows and was the associate choreographer on Billy Elliot on Broadway working with all the children in the show. So he knows the subject matter, and he knows theater kids.
This book is just excellent, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I'm hoping we get a sequel for further adventures of Nate!
In Better Nate Than Ever we follow Nate Foster as he sets out on a big journey to make his dreams come true. Nate dreams of starring in a Broadway show and with the ingenious help of his BFF Libby, he concocts an exciting plan. When his parents go on a weekend trip and leave Nate in the care of his teenage brother, Nate and Libby put their plan in motion and Nate finds himself on an overnight bus trip to NYC and to an audition for E.T.: The Musical. Nate is dazzled by the city, but soon finds that navigating the streets (and people) of the big city isn't as easy as he hoped. And auditioning for a Broadway show is nothing like Nate imagined. But with a little help from a long lost relative and Libby back home, and a lot of courage and heart, Nate has one heck of an adventure and may just see his dreams come home.
Better Nate Than Ever is wildly entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny, surprisingly poignant, and dazzling all over. I simply fell in love with Federle's story, characters, and voice.
Federle brings Nate's story to life with a pitch-perfect and captivating middle-grade voice. Federle captures the often confusing, painful, and cringe-worthy middle-grade years in a way that young readers will relate to and older readers will appreciate. Federle is a fantastic storyteller with buckets of writing talent. Nate's world isn't a perfect one, in fact, it's pretty far from perfect.Read more ›
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Clever! Great fun even if the main character &/or author is a little too enamored of Duane Reade.Published 14 days ago by Brent Winborn
I loved this book so much that I probably can't write a very coherent review. First off, backstage Broadway is a pretty darn irresistible setting, and the author knows his subject... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kate Gilbert
A catchy plot-and-dialogue tale full of humor. Nate is unique. Reading his narration (by the author, of course) reminded me of getting into the autistic mindset through "The... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John McIntyre
I love the characters of Nate and his best friend Libby. Great treatment of a kid trying to find his own way, a little out of step with his peers.Published 2 months ago by reading teacher
My eleven year old read this book. He pointed out some passages to me that he found disturbing and once I read them, so did I. Read morePublished 2 months ago by k_t-smom
A sublime joy! Tim Federle has created a character you want to stay with for book after book. The sequel, "5,6,7, Nate" is terrific as well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A.E. Gronvold
My son had to read this for summer reading so we got the Kindle version! Excellent book! He enjoyed it and so did I. Fun book for grade school and middle school readers!Published 5 months ago by C. Young