"Hi" — Tim Federle, professional writer

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An Amazon Best Book of the Year, Five, Six, Seven, Nate! is the sequel to Better Nate Than Ever “that will leave them standing in the aisles” (Kirkus, starred review). Now in paperback, audiobook, and e-book editions.

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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 e-book 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.

His 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.

The sequel, Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, won the Lambda Literary Award and was named a Best Book of 2014 by Amazon and the American Booksellers Association.

Tommy Can’t StopTim’s picture book with illustrator Mark Fearingwas selected as a Spring 2015 Indie Next independent booksellers’ choice. And Tim’s debut YA novel, The Great American Whatever, will be released in March 2016.

Tim is also the author of bestselling cocktail recipe books, including Tequila Mockingbird — which was voted the #1 Cookbook of 2013 on Goodreads (and appeared as a clue on Jeopardy). His next book, Gone With the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist, will be out in October 2015.

Profiles of Tim can be read in The New York Times, Atlantic MagazineTIME Magazine for KidsEntertainment Weeklyand CNN — and his press kit can be accessed here.

News & Appearances


  • I’ll be writing short stories for upcoming anthologies for St. Martin’s (Summer Days & Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins) and Random House (We Need Diverse Books collection)!


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Upcoming appearances

Awards & Press

Praise for Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

Exclusive! Read chapter one at Entertainment Weekly!

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★ “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

an Amazon Best Book of 2014

a Bank Street College Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Book of 2015

winner of a Parents’ Choice Award for audiobooks

an ALA/YALSA 2015 Amazing Audiobook for Young Adults

a Lambda Literary Award winner

an Odyssey Honor Book (audiobook)

a 2014 Junior Library Guild selection

“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

“One of the funniest, most genuine voices I’ve come across in a while.” —Barnes & Noble’s book blog

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

Praise for Tim’s cocktail books

Hickory Daiquiri Dock

“Takes nursery rhymes and twists them into drink ideas and funny stories new parents can relate to.” —Atlantic Magazine

“More fun at a baby shower than a Diaper Genie.” —Tampa Bay Times

An “essential cocktail books to add to your collection.” —Los Angeles Times Daily Dish

“It’s not easy to riff off childhood favorites with such a clean balance of wit and punch, but Federle nails it. The book is a joy to read and would make the perfect holiday gift for any parents (new and frazzled or seasoned pros) that you know.” —Food Network Blog

Tequila Mockingbird

Featured as a clue on Jeopardy!

“Perfect for any book-loving lush. . . it is a gem.” —BuzzFeed

Winner of the “Best Cookbook of 2013” Goodreads Award


Tim on Watch What Happens Live!

Tim on Watch What Happens Live!


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 over 20,000
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.


"The perfect mentor." — CNN


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

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