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Great Big Broadway Shows

For those who love the many charms of old-fashioned theater and movie optimism, we remember the upbeat presence of actor Mickey Rooney in a lifetime of wide-ranging roles. Rooney's ability to sing and dance his way into our hearts is a key to his lasting popularity. Author Tim Federle, whose books include "Better Nate Than Never" and "Five, Six, Seven, Nate," understands the power of musical theater, having been a Broadway dancer himself. Tim turns his experiences into backstage stories enjoyed by readers of all ages. Here he describes what he appreciates in children's literature and how he tries to write with humor, realism, and as a cockeyed optimist:

Find both of Tim's books at Bank Street Bookstore, 610 West 112th Street, (212) 678-1654. Order online at

Great Authors, Great Event

Customers loved meeting authors Carol Weston, left, and Julie Sternberg, right, on Saturday, April 5 as they introduced their chapter books for newly independent readers. Carol holds her book "Ava and Pip" and Julie holds "Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake," the latest in her series of three titles (others include "Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie" and "Like Bug Juice on a Burger"). Passages from the books were eagerly embraced by those who attended the event. For signed copies of Carol's and Julie's books, visit Bank Street Bookstore, 610 West 112th Street at the southwest corner of Broadway or call (212) 678-1654.