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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442374195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442374195
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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"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."--Anne Ursu, author of Breadcrumbs

The Nate series by Tim Federle is a wonderful evocation of what it s like to be a theater kid. Highly recommended. --Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the musical, Hamilton" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Tim Federle is the award-winning author of the autobiographical novels "Better Nate Than Ever "and its sequel "Five, Six, Seven, Nate!" (Lambda Literary Award winner), which were named best books of the year by the "New York Times" and the American Booksellers Association, respectively, and called one of the best new middle grade series by "School Library Journal". "The Great American Whatever "was inspired by an accident near Tim s high school in Pittsburgh that changed the community forever. It is his first novel for young adults. Connect with the author on Instagram and Twitter at @TimFederle, and at TimFederle.com. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I've read this and the earlier one (Better Nate than Ever) and loved them both. Not just for young people (I'm 65!), though I think they would be wonderful reading for any teen or... well, for a person of any age. Touching, funny, heart-warming, sharply observed, and a fascinating insight into what it's like to get into musical theatre, especially for a young person. The characters are real, imperfect and bruised by life, but an underlying trust in people's capacity for goodness and love shines through. The message comes through clearly (though never stridently) that what's most important for any and all of us is to be ourselves, accepting ourselves fully as we are. A great message, that everyone could do with hearing.
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I loved Better Nate Than Ever, and couldn’t wait for this sequel. It didn’t disappoint. You can’t help but love Nate and his journey. It is funny, moving, thought provoking and just beautifully written. I ordered it on Kindle just so I could get it as soon as it was released, but as with its prequel, I loved it so much I will order a paperback to keep on my book shelf.
A definite must for all kids (and for us slightly bigger kids of 40!) with an interest in musical theatre.

I just hope Tim Federle is making this a trilogy as I am already longing for Nate’s story to continue!
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The only problem with Tim Federle is he doesn't write more or enough Nate books. I love this little guy and i'm 42 and reading it is pure escapist joy as you want him to succeed! Read it now!!
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Great sequel never boring! Well written for any age and anyone who has a dream. Written from the heart by Tim.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves many, many standing ovations! 21 Jan. 2014
By Aeicha @ Word Spelunking - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Last year, author Tim Federle exploded onto the middle-grade stage with his debut, Better Nate Than Ever...a book I lovelovelove...well, Federle is back with his debut’s sequel- Five, Six, Seven, Nate- and Federle has once again charmed, entertained, moved, and awed me with his stellar, sparkling storytelling! Broadway musical loving Nate Foster’s wildest dreams are coming true as he heads to NYC to begin rehearsals for E.T.: The Musical! But, Nate soon finds that his wildest dreams may not be exactly how he imagined them to be as he must deal with pushy co-stars, intimidating superiors, his own self-doubt, and the confusing world of first crushes and first kisses.

I’m SO in love with Federle’s pitch-perfect middle-grade voice and this achingly real, endlessly amusing world he has created. Everything I loved about Better Nate Than Ever (the laugh-out-loud humor, poignant honesty, superb characters, etc) is seamlessly carried over into this sequel. In Five, Six, Seven, Nate, we the readers and Nate are plopped into unfamiliar, yet exciting territory: the world of Broadway musical rehearsals. This is a fast-past, whirlwind kind of world and Federle brings his immense first hand experience to the story, creating a wonderfully authentic setting. Like Nate, I was dazzled and mesmerized by this larger than life world, but also intrigued by the many unexpected facets of it. This musical world isn’t all shining lights, shimmering costumes, and lovely voices though, and Federle holds nothing back when exploring the heavily competitive, sometimes deceptive side of this world.

Tim Federle so deftly and awesomely creates and explores this world, that it is impossible to walk away from Nate’s story NOT loving this magical musical world as much as him! But, what I love most about this sequel, and its predecessor, is, that at their core, they are about one special young boy’s coming of age and journey to find out just who he is. The refreshing honesty with which Federle writes, his perfectly delivered sharp wit, and his refusal to shy away from the complex, hard topics (extreme bullying, sexuality, alcoholism, etc), are what make his books stand out among other modern middle-grade books. And, of course, his fantabulous, unforgettable characters help too!

I’m not sure I can fully stress how much I loveadoreamcrazyabout Nate and his BFF, Libby! These characters are so well-written and given such fantastic real layers and just feel so genuine. They no longer feel like book characters, but like long lost friends and kindred spirits. Awkwardly charming, always endearing, and truly unique Nate is such a relatable young character, but also one that is worthy of looking up to. His courage, compassion, and refusal to be untrue to himself are admirable, while his unexpected humorous observations, honest perspective, and contagious excitement at the world, make him amusing and utterly impossible to love. And my girl, Libby?! Oh I love and want to be this spectacular girl! You couldn’t ask for a funnier, stronger, truer friend than this lovely girl. Nate and Libby’s friendship is one of the best written and most genuine and entertaining that I’ve come across in a long time. I really enjoyed the way this friendship organically grew and evolved in Five, Six, Seven, Nate.

There’s so much about the end of this book that gave me the warmest of warm fuzzies and put the biggest smile on my face for hours!

MY FINAL THOUGHTS: I loved Better Nate Than Ever SO much that I was worried the sequel wouldn’t be able to live up to it, but it SO does! With its excellent characters, marvelous storytelling, and big heart, Five, Six, Seven, Nate is simply superb and deserves many standing ovations!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nate is Great 21 Jan. 2014
By JS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I loved Better Nate Than Ever, and was so excited to read Five, Six, Seven, Nate! This sequel delivers in a big way. By turns hilarious and touching, you follow Nate's journey as he starts rehearsals for his first Broadway show. But the road to success on the stage, like the road to finding yourself, is full of potholes. Nate makes his way through the highs and lows with a cast of unforgettable characters. You can't help loving this kid--determined, creative,self-effacing, eager, and kind to others even when it's against his self-interest. My whole family adores Nate, and we love this second book as much if not more than the first.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives us a sneak peak at life behind the show curtain 7 Mar. 2014
By Teen Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! is the sequel to BETTER NATE THAN EVER. In the first book, Nate Foster sneaks off to New York City to audition for E.T: The Musical. He doesn’t get a lead part, but he manages to end up as an understudy for E.T. This second book is the story of his experience in that role.

Nate is not only an understudy for the part of E.T. (actually, he’s the second understudy for that role – a fact he finds out later), he’s also given a speaking part. A very tiny speaking part. He gets to say one line, consisting of one word, “Blurb.” But, anyone who knows anything about theater has heard the saying, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” So in his own words, Nate is going to “act the heck out of” that one line.

During the rehearsals and the preparations for the big show, things don’t go smoothly. They never do, do they? Nate gets a taste of what it’s really like to be an actor on Broadway. Although he has never been to acting school or ever performed in a play other than in community theater, he has to deal with seasoned child stars who have mile-long acting resumes and a director who can’t even remember his name. Also, his natural clumsiness sometimes causes havoc and chaos during rehearsals, but he inadvertently adds life to the finished show because of these mishaps.

Author Tim Federle fills the pages with humor and insight, giving us a sneak peak at life behind the show curtain. He also paints a very realistic picture of a middle grade boy who is discovering things about himself he never really knew. In the process, Federle makes us feel Nate’s pain but revel in his triumphs.

I had a couple of issues with the story, though. For instance, when one of the actors spills a cup of scalding hot coffee on himself, why doesn’t he yell that it’s hot? The only thing he’s concerned about is that it ruins his shirt. Scalding hot coffee should burn too, shouldn’t it? Also, after Nate’s big performance, instead of people saying nice things about him, why are they still putting negative things on Facebook? And, if I hadn’t read the first book, I would have been lost as to what was really happening in this book. I don’t think the author did a very good job of including back story for the reader.

If you read and enjoyed the first book, which I did, I would recommend you read this one. But, if you are jumping into the series with this sequel, I would recommend you read the first book so you get a better understanding of who Nate really is and how he ended up where he is.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nate is great! 10 April 2014
By Michele - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Nate! This book is both funny and sweet. I loved learning about putting on a Broadway show as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond love!!!! 30 Nov. 2014
By K. April Holgate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This book is an Awesome-cake covered in Awesome-sauce with a cherry on top!! That is how much I love it!! If you enjoyed the first book you will be all over this one!

Nate Foster is funny and quirky and genuine. You get to live his excitement of his first Broadway show. It is exciting and dejecting all at one. He truly embodies the idea of there are no small parts. Just being in a Broadway show is a huge feat! He takes the time to appreciate all the small victories along the way.

The supporting cast only gets better with this book. Such kooky Broadway types. I love the whole backstage feel of the book. From an inside POV, it is dead on! Jordan's mom could head the Mommy Mafia on Broadway. And poor Jordan, while he has such talent, you have to wonder does he even want to do this?

The story has some utterly brilliant themes, behind all that Broadway glitter. You have Nate who is deciding who he is, and accepting his own sexuality. The struggle he has fitting into his middle America kind of family. Bullying in many forms, some more subtle than others. In the end the good guy prevails and a glimmer of hope shines through!

I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author Tim Federle, who is fabulous! Usually it is a bad idea to have the author narrate, they rarely succeed as actors. That is not the case here, Tim is so talented and in-tune with his material. He brings Nate to life in a way that you can not help but love. Great pace and voices. Brimming with enthusiasm!

I love this book and the positive messages it conveys. It is tough being a kid without putting all the extra labels on top. I can only hope to find more of this authors fabulous work!!!
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