Brooks Benjamin lives in Tennessee with his wife and their daughter--a 75-pound mutt who is wonderfully spoiled. When he's not writing, Brooks enjoys drinking coffee, eating pizza, playing video games, and reading as much as he possibly can.
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Category: middle grade
Genre: contemporary, humor, sports
Themes: family, friendship, bullying, competition, being yourself, diversity
Suggested for: ages 9-13, grades 4-8
Author's Time Zone: Eastern
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About the book: 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.
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