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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.

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Tim Federle

Tim Federle is an award-winning writer and former Broadway dancer whose works include the novels "The Great American Whatever" and "Better Nate Than Ever" (both named New York Times Notable Books of the Year) , the bestselling recipe book "Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist," and the Tony-nominated musical "Tuck Everlasting." Originally from San Francisco and raised in Pittsburgh, Tim now splits his time between New York and the Internet. Connect with @TimFederle on Twitter/Instagram.

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