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All Nate Foster has ever wanted to do is get out of Jankburg and land a part in a Broadway musical. His dreams feel impossible, until his best friend Libby hears about an open casting for the role of Elliott in E.T.: The Broadway Musical, a role Nate wants so badly he can almost taste it. With Libby’s help, Nate concocts a wild scheme to run away to New York, wow the casting director at the audition, and land the part of his dreams.

But Nate’s New York adventure may be more challenging than he ever expected.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A charming debut by a rising theater star.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “[A] twinkling adventure tale for the musical theater set.”

    New York Times

  • “The funny, awkward, vulnerable Nate is an insightful and entertaining narrator for this adventurous tale about an ugly duckling learning to experience and embrace his inner swan.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens—with a dash of Lewis Carroll whimsy. As long as Federle wants to tell stories, a new generation of Broadway-loving theater fans has a voice in young adult literature.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Critics are raving about Nate.”


  • “Hilarious and heartwarming.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “What a listening pleasure! Author-read narrations are not always successful, but in this case, Tim Federle is a star. He’s the heart and soul of thirteen-year-old Nate, who is passionate about his acting and knowledge of musicals but disheartened by his family and the bullies at school. He’s also unclear about his sexuality. To the supporting characters, Federle brings vocal nuances that deepen each personality—from an estranged aunt to casting directors and overbearing child stars and parents. Listeners will experience laugh-out-loud moments as Nate and his friend Libby secretly travel from Pennsylvania to New York City to attend auditions for ET, The Musical, just a one-day outing—or, not. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and the 2014 Odyssey Honor.”


  • “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.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Filled with adventure, suspense, plenty of humor, and incredibly unique characters, Better Nate than Ever will be enjoyed by anyone who has ever decided to stop waiting and make their own dreams come true."


  • A New York Times Book Review Notable Book for Children, 2013
  • A 2013 Slate Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2014 ALA Odyssey Award Honoree for Best Audiobook
  • A 2014 Stonewall Book Award Honoree for Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013
  • An Amazon Best Books of the Year for 2013
  • A 2013 Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children/Young Adult Novels
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