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Everyone is Talking About Tim Federle

April 25, 2016
The Riveted Team
Believe In Your Shelf

Author Tim Federle is a man who can’t sit still. Literally. From his early days dancing, then choreographing on Broadway to writing about his experiences as a young dancer in Better Nate Than Ever and Five, Six, Seven Nate!, Federle has done much to accurately capture what it’s like to dream of performing on Broadway–and eventually achieving that dream.

Here’s what people are saying:

“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 Hamilton: An American Musical

“This book I needed–and would have adored–when I was a kid. Federle writes from the heart and hits you in the gut–not to mention your funny bone.”
– Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Star of Modern Family

“A smash hit! If there were a Tony Award for books, it would go to Better Nate Than Ever.”
– Alan Menken
Tony and Oscar-winning composer of Newsies and Beauty and the Beast

But Federle didn’t stop with middle-grade books. Drawing on his high school experience, he penned The Great American Whatever, his debut Young Adult novel telling the story of Quinn, an aspiring screenwriter in the months after the death of his sister. Quinn is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister, Annabeth. Of course, that was all before–before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.

Enter: Geoff, Quinn’s best friend, who insists it’s time Quinn came out–at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Quinn’s dragged to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy–a hot one–and Quinn falls, hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually end happily–if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

Here’s what people are saying:

“The Great American Whatever knocked me out. Tim Federle writes with a rare voice–original, authentic, engaging.”
– Rob Thomas
Creator of Veronica Mars and author of Rats Saw God

“A raw nerve of a book–so perfectly tender and funny and true. My heart now belongs to The Great American Whatever. Officially. Completely.”
– Becky Albertalli
Author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

“A Holden Caulfield for a new generation.”
– Kirkus Reviews
STARRED Review

“Federle’s YA debut takes its place in the lineage of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and John Green’s coming-of-age tales.”
– The Horn Book Magazine

You can read an excerpt of The Great American Whatever here.

Federle also recorded the audio for The Great American Whatever, which was an emotional experience for him. Find out why:

Buy the Audiobooks!

The Great American Whateverby Tim Federle

Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before the car accident that changed everything.

Enter: Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—okay, a hot guy—and falls, hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

Also available as an audiobook.

Better Nate Than Everby Tim Federle

“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

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. A small-town boy hops a bus to New York City to crash an audition for E.T.: The Musical.

Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for seeing a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.

Tim Federle’s “hilarious and heartwarming debut novel” (Publishers Weekly) is full of broken curfews, second chances, and the adventure of growing up—because sometimes you have to get four hundred miles from your backyard to finally feel at home.

Five, Six, Seven, Nate!by Tim Federle

“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

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award

Encore! Nate Foster’s Broadway dreams are finally coming true in this sequel to Better Nate Than Ever that Publishers Weekly calls a “funny, tender coming-of-age story.”

Armed with a one-way ticket to New York City, small-town theater geek Nate is off to start rehearsals for E.T.: The Broadway Musical. It’s everything he ever practiced his autograph for! But as thrilling as Broadway is, rehearsals are nothing like Nate expects: full of intimidating child stars, cut-throat understudies, and a director who can’t even remember Nate’s name.

Now, as the countdown to opening night is starting to feel more like a time bomb, Nate is going to need more than his lucky rabbit’s foot if he ever wants to see his name in lights. He may even need a showbiz miracle.

The companion novel to Better Nate Than Ever, which The New York Times called “inspired and inspiring,” Five, Six, Seven, Nate! is full of secret admirers, surprise reunions, and twice the drama of middle school...with a lot more glitter.

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