April 12, 2016

My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for MY SEVENTH-GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS! Today I have a great guest post by the author to share with you - and don't forget to enter the giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights
Author: Brooks Benjamin
Genre: MG/YA Contemporary
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte/Random House



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. 


Top Ten Favorite Books and Authors

I'm not one who's usually a glutton for punishment.


But every time a chance to pick my favorite books and authors comes sailing my way, I jump at it. And as soon as I commit to writing the post I inevitably regret it. Not because I can't pick any. Not because I'm tired of answering this question again. No, this topic remains the most absolutely unbearable one for me to discuss because there are just too many to boil down into a TOP X LIST. But still I try. And I somehow manage to pick certain books and authors every single time.

Nevertheless, there remain books out there which didn't make it onto my list, authors whom I've read that should be included but aren't. Titles and characters and stories that go unnoticed by your eyes because of my inability to pass up on this very topic. So I offer my apologies to all the creative works and minds that won't make it onto this one. I'll sleep easy tonight knowing that somehow they'll manage to persevere, they'll find it in their hearts to forgive me, their characters will find others minds to soak into.

*offers up a moment of silence*

And now, with the humblest of hearts and open-widest of arms, I give you...BROOKS BENJAMIN'S NO-REGRET-ADDED TOP 10 FAVORITE BOOKS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER!

1) Better Nate Than Ever series by Tim Federle
These are the books that showed me how brave and honest MG can be.

2) Winger by Andrew Smith
This was my introduction to the humor-heart double punch that is Andrew Smith's writing.

3) The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
I basically live my life by the tenets Roland teaches in this series.

4) Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
There is no book, in my opinion, that perfectly captures the importance of relationships in MG.

5) The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
This book taught me how intelligent humor can really be.

6) The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
I've gushed about this debut a lot, but Jeff's writing is too gorgeous not to mention every chance I get.

7) The Fudge books by Judy Blume
This series turns me into a ten year old every time I reread it.

8) The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
I still believe Hogwarts is real.

9) The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
I didn't read the book until I was an adult, but the movie was my entire childhood.

10) The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Ultimate good guy, ultimate bad guy, ultimate love story.

So there it is. My (totally incomplete) list of top-ten favorites. But these books deserve it. Just like all the other books I've ever raved about. So now, if you don't mind, I'm going to go apologize to my bookshelf and plead my way back into the lives of all the characters I failed to mention today. 

Thanks for stopping by and sharing some of your favorite books with us today Brooks!
Brooks and his wife, Jackie, live in Tennessee with their 75 pound daughter, LeeLoo, a sweet and severely demented German Shepherd mix.

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