Brooks Benjamin

My Seventh Grade Life in Tights

Author Bio:

In sixth grade, Brooks Benjamin formed a New Kids on the Block tribute dance crew called the New Kidz. He wasn’t that good at dancing back then. But now he’s got a new crew—his wife and their dog. They live in Tennessee, where he teaches reading and writing and occasionally busts out a few dance moves. MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS is his first novel.

Schedule

Friday

9:00-9:30am: Panel – My Writing Journey, from Teen to Today

11:55-12:25pm: Panel – The Struggle is Real

1:35-2:15pm: Signing in SKyPAC Lobby

 Saturday

12:00-12:50pm: Panel Six – Notorious H.A.P.P.Y. @ Zest Juice

2:00-3:00pm: Signing in D93 Radio Station Parking Lot

Book Description:

All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition—so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are.

At first, Dillon’s willing to go along with his crew’s plan, even convincing one of the snobbiest girls at school to work with him on his technique. But as Dillon’s dancing improves, he wonders: what if studios aren’t the enemy? And what if he actually has a shot at winning the scholarship?

Dillon’s life is about to get crazy . . . on and off the dance floor.