Four foot eight inches, almost 14, not athletic, bullied at school, overshadowed by his sports star brother, that’s Nate Foster. But wait, there is more to Nate. He and his best friend Libby are Broadway musical fans. Instead of swearing, they name the biggest Broadway flops. They act out Broadway musicals in Libby’s basement. Nate’s big dream is to be on Broadway. A small town boy takes on New York city
A plan is made; Libby is Nate’s coach in planning his escape to New York to try out for a part in E. T. the Musical. Nothing can go wrong, or can it? Nate Foster is naive, funny, clueless, and totally engaged in his own world. In addition to help from Libby via cell phone, Nate makes an unplanned connection with his want to be actress Aunt, Heidi.
This book provides a looks at the world of children in theater. From the over bearing theater Mom to the first timer with no experience and a lot of luck. Come along for the adventure.
A much needed title for the grades 4-8 reader who wants a good story with a gay or questioning character. Nate isn't sure about his sexuality, even if others seem to be.
A 2014 Stonewall Book Award Honor title, Better Nate Than Ever is a delightful story of a young teen looking to validate himself in a community and family that doesn’t appreciate his uniqueness. Also noted as A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Publishers' Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Slate Favorite Book of the Year.
288 pages, Ages 9-13 978-1442446892
Watch for the sequel Five, Six, Seven, Nate!