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Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges
Charlie and Lola: My Best, Best Friend by Lauren Child and Carol Noble
Day of Doom by David Baldacci
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Finch's Fortune by Mazo de la Roche
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle
The Ghost Prison by Joseph Delaney
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan
Grandma's Gift by Eric Velasquez
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis
Here She Is, Ms Teeny-Wonderful by Martyn Godfrey
Hey! Who Stole the Toilet? by Nancy E. Krulik
How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure
I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
Line 135 by Germano Zullo
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats
Scribble by Deborah Freedman
Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits
Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful by Shane Koyczan
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Your Food Is Fooling You by David A. Kessler
Zak's Lunch by Margie Palatini
Zen Attitude by Sujata Massey

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Five, Six, Seven, Nate!: 05/26/15

cover artFive, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle is the sequel to Better Nate Than Ever. While it's a satisfying conclusion, I really, really, really hope to see more of Nate's adventures on Broadway.

When last we saw our hero, he was called back at the very last minute. Now he's living in Manhattan with his aunt (who reminds me of a modern day Auntie Mame, with less means, but just as much of an off-beat attitude).

So Nate, like Peggy Sawyer of 42nd Street, ends up getting more and more important roles to play in the E.T. musical. Also like Peggy, Nate has to work his butt off to keep up. Unlike Peggy, though, Nate's been spending his entire life preparing for this moment.

It's wonderful seeing Nate find himself in the madness of this E.T. musical. Nate as an E.T. understudy, makes friends with the woman cast to play the alien. It was nice seeing him grow through the mentorship process. There's also a subplot involving a secret admirer which is charming and cute and delightfully sappy.

I really don't know if there are any more Nate books planned. If there are, I will read them. I will pre order them. I will camp out by local bookshop waiting for them to come in. If there aren't, then I am eagerly awaiting whatever the author is working on.

 

 

Five stars

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