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An Amazon Best Book of 2014 (So Far), Five, Six, Seven, Nate! is the brand new sequel to Tim Federle’s Better Nate Than Ever “that will leave them standing in the aisles” (Kirkus, starred review).

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New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Better Nate Than Ever is about a small-town teen who crashes an audition for E.T.: The Musical. Now in paperback, audio, and ebook editions.

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Voted Cookbook of the Year on Goodreads, Tequila Mockingbird features 65 literary-inspired cocktail recipes for recovering English majors — and the people who love them.

About Tim

Tim, Then and Now

Tim Federle grew up in San Francisco and Pittsburgh before moving to New York to dance on Broadway, where he appeared in the original casts of The Little Mermaid and Gypsy before coaching the child stars of Billy Elliot.

Tim’s debut novel for kids,  Better Nate Than Ever — described as “Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens” by Huffington Post — was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2013, a Slate.com Favorite Book of the Year, and a Best Book of the Year by both Amazon and Publishers Weekly.

The sequel, Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, follows Nate Foster’s further adventures onstage and off. It was named a Best Book of 2014 (So Far) by Amazon, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, and is available now.

Tim is also the author of the literary cocktail guide Tequila Mockingbird, which was voted the #1 Cookbook of 2013 on Goodreads. His forthcoming cocktail recipe book for new parents, Hickory Daiquiri Dock, has already been called “More fun at a baby shower than a Diaper Genie” by the Tampa Bay Times.

Profiles of Tim can be read in The New York Times, TIME Magazine for Kids, and CNN — and his press kit can be accessed here.

News & Appearances

Summer 2014

  • My forthcoming cocktail recipe book for new parents, Hickory Daiquiri Dock, is now available for pre-order and is out on December 2, 2014!
  • Check out this new New York Times video in which I talk about the joy of writing for kids (and, inevitably, their parents).

Winter 2014

  • Five, Six, Seven, Nate! gets starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and also Kirkus, who says: “This is an encore performance that will leave them standing in the aisles.”
  • Better Nate Than Ever is named a Best Book of 2013 by the New York Times, Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Slate.com, and the New York Public Library.

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Upcoming appearances

Oct. 3-5

Brattleboro, VT
Brattleboro Literary Festival
Guest judge and speaker
INFO HERE

Awards & Press

Praise for Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

Exclusive! Read chapter one at Entertainment Weekly!

Watch the brand new book trailer for Five, Six, Seven, Nate! 

★ “This is an encore performance that will leave them standing in the aisles.”
Kirkus (starred review)

★ “[A] funny, tender coming-of-age story, which doubles as an insider account about growing up on stage that will appeal to every budding theater geek. Encore!”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“One of the best new middle-grade series.”
School Library Journal

“Anyone who dreams of performing on Broadway and kids who don’t feel like they exactly fit in will enjoy this humorous yet touching story.”
TIME Magazine for Kids

an American Booksellers Association Best Book for Children

a 2014 Junior Library Guild selection

an Amazon Best Book of 2014 So Far

“It’s a book that belongs and longs to be in every 5-8thish grade library in the country.”
—Colby Sharp, librarian and Nerdy Book Club cofounder


Praise for Better Nate Than Ever

“Critics are raving about Nate.” —CNN

a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2013

an Amazon Best Book of 2013

a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013 and Flying Start

a Slate.com Favorite Book of 2013

an ALA/YALSA Top 10 2014 Fiction for Young Adults pick

an ALSC/ALA Notable Children’s Book of 2014

an American Booksellers Association Best Book for Children

the SCBWI Golden Kite Fiction Winner

a Stonewall Honor Book

a Lambda Literary Award finalist

an Odyssey Honor Book (audio book)

“Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens.” —Huffington Post

★ “Hilarious and heartwarming . . . this book soars.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Praise for Tequila Mockingbird

Winner of the “Best Cookbook of 2013” Goodreads Award

“Entertaining and beautifully designed . . . it’s a joy.” —London Evening Standard

“Pun-tastic cocktail delights . . . peruse it to find your book club’s next read (and cocktail).” —Epicurious.com

 

Tim on Watch What Happens Live!

Tim on Watch What Happens Live!

Media

Educators & Librarians

"No one captures Broadway or the kids who want to be a part of it with the humor, insight, and heart of Tim Federle."

— Thomas Schumacher, Tony Award-winningproducer of The Lion King

Tim Federle has visited & inspired thousands
of students as a speaker, guest author, and Broadway master class teacher.

starFor information about Tim’s visits — including educator testimonials and FAQs — check out his SCHOOL VISIT GUIDE.

Resources

"The perfect mentor." — CNN

Contact

Bring Tim to your school or group:
info@timfederle.com

Literary agent:
Brenda Bowen at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates | bbowen@sjga.com

Publicity for Nate books:
Siena.Koncsol@simonandschuster.com

Publicity for Tequila Mockingbird:
Allison.Devlin@perseusbooks.com