Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

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With Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, author Tim Federle delivers an enjoyable sequel to his previous novel Better Nate Than Ever. Fans of musical theatre and young adult literature will embrace Federle’s realistic treatment of adolescent drama both onstage and offstage. In this followup to Nate’s audition adventures in New York City, the hero is rehearsing for the Broadway production of a new musical based on the movie E.T.. Amusing complications unfold when Nate encounters a colorful cast of characters during the tempestuous rehearsal process. As a former drama teacher, I particularly enjoyed the author’s interpretation of his older middle school characters. There is an admirable ring of truth to Federle’s dialogue as well as the depiction of the theatre world, which is understandable given the author’s personal experience performing on Broadway. Federle handles sensitive subject matter (i.e. a young man’s questions about his sexual identity) with valuable insight as well as appropriate humor. What a treat to travel backstage with a protagonist as appealing and funny as Nate; I finished this book with the hopes that future adventures of Nate will be forthcoming.

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Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2014-Jan-21
ISBN 9781442446939 Buy this Book
Issue March 2014
Category Tweens


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