Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Introducing My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin

A guy at a children's book writing conference is about as rare as a Bigfoot or UFO sighting. But Brooks Benjamin is not only a successful middle grade author, he's also everywhere. Attend a book event in the Midsouth and you'll see him there!

Today, Brooks is celebrating the paperback release of his first novel. I've been so excited to read this one, so I figured to take the opportunity to help give his big release a push. You have to admit this is one intriguing title! Scroll down to read all about it and order your copy.


Football hero. Ninja freestyler. It's seventh grade. Anything is possible.

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 in this kid-friendly humorous debut by Brooks Benjamin.

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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. 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. He’s still not very good at it.

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  1. Benjamin this sounds great! I'm predicting huge success in your future:)

    Hey, Steph, do you know if your publisher is going to be doing autographed copies of Splash? That was a neat idea when they did it last time.

    1. Thanks, Sandra!!! Those are always available, thanks to a Nashville bookstore called Parnassus Books. You just put in notes what you'd like signed at checkout.


  2. Wow, I love the premise of this one. I'm sure tempted to read this one!

  3. Congrats, Benjamin!!! Wishing you great success!!!

  4. Sounds great! And Benjamin sounds like a lot of fun to hang out with, so enjoy your conference time together!

  5. This looks delightful, perfect for that age group that constantly tests the boundaries.

  6. Jonathan Roth4/11/17, 4:40 PM

    Thanks, Stephanie, for highlighting one of the cool men in kidlit! We do exist, and you may occasionally spot us near the men's restrooms at conferences, which we have spaciously to ourselves (sorry, gals).

  7. Love the title! Thanks so much for sharing this, Stephanie!

  8. Sounds like an awesome read. :)