My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights

My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights

by Brooks Benjamin


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ISBN-13: 9780553512533
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 161,993
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

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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My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SMParker More than 1 year ago
My Seventh Grade Life in Tights is hilarious. Buy it for that reason alone. It is such a fun and funny book narrated by Dillon, who is so lovable I wanted to hug him a ridiculous amount. But this book also brilliantly captures the torture and torment of being in seventh grade. Dillon, the main character is trying to figure out who his is, and what he wants. And these things aren’t exactly in line with what his parents want for him, or what his friends think is cool. All the while Dillon has to muscle through his awkwardness, a sweet crush and the social pressures of middle school. I pretty much know nothing about dance. Okay, nothing. But it didn’t matter. At its core, this book is about having heart and staying true to who you are—finding who you are—and valuing friendships. Young readers will find this book hysterical, but they will also identify with Dillon as he navigates the volatile waters of middle school culture—the consequences of choosing a goal that sits outside the mainstream.
KidlitFan2016 More than 1 year ago
I immediately fell in love with Dillon, who begins the story by showing the world his dreams and vulnerabilities through a wardrobe malfunction on you tube. Some characters might throw in the towel right there, but Dillon wipes the sweat from his brow and dances on, while trying like crazy to do the right thing. Unfortunately, it becomes increasingly hard for him to figure out exactly what the right thing is when his Dad, his friends, and the most popular girl in school keep changing the rules on him. A delightful read from start to finish, full of humor and heart.
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
DIZZEE FREEKZ 4-EVA! Dillon Parker has the music in him - he loves being part of a dance crew with his friends Kassie and Carson (and videographer Austin), but he longs to learn some real technique, not just the "ninja freestyle" he invented using karate moves. Kassie and Carson, both veterans of years of dance lessons, insist that Dillon's way is more creative, more true, but he's not convinced. When an opportunity comes up to compete for a dance studio scholarship, Kassie wants Dillon to use it to take a stand against the creativity-stifling studios - but Dillon *really* wants those lessons. Torn between loyalty to his crew and his own desires, Dillon has to learn how to be true to himself. Dillon is a winning protagonist, willing to put up with ridicule if necessary to do what he loves, and his honest nature is refreshing. Benjamin populates his whole novel, actually, with fresh, realistic characters whom I'd love to hang out with, from good-guy football player DeMarcus to the strong-willed Kassie to the eternally sunny Carson - heck, even complicated sorta-mean-girl Sarah is winningly drawn. A delightful dance from start to finish.
MsVerbose More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Dillon wants to be a real dancer, but in middle school, nothing is ever that simple. This book brought back all the emotions. I loved Dillon's heart and passion and determination to keep dancing despite every setback. And it wasn't just Dillon. The entire cast had so much voice, and life. But most of all, I loved how the author showed how easy it is to get caught up in pleasing others instead of yourself. Such a fun, crazy story, middle graders can't help but laugh through the whole thing!
MarisaR More than 1 year ago
I closed the last page of this book with the biggest, happiest, goofiest grin on my face. I’m a huge fan of the underdog and Dillon Parker doing ninja freestyle dancing in his football pants is about as underdog-y as it gets. But Dillon’s enthusiasm and the enthusiasm of his Dizzee Freekz dance crew is so infectious that they don’t feel like underdogs for long. M7GLiT nails middle school life in all its messy but hopeful glory and embraces tolerance and finding yourself. This book--full of snappy dialogue, LOL-funny jokes, and a whole lot of heart--is a keeper! A lot of kids (and grown ups!) are going to fall in love with MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was just plain FUN. And funny! I couldn't wait to turn the pages and dance along with the main character as he struggled between following what he loved and what others expected of him. There are some really great characters in this book and it was certainly entertaining. :)
QuinnenDonnelly More than 1 year ago
Seventh grader Dillon is a bench rider on the football team. But he’s okay with that. The thing is, the football team is his dad’s dream for him. It’s not his. What Dillon really wants, though, is to be a dancer. A real one. Right now, he’s a dancer . . . if doing his ninja freestyle in his best friend’s basement counts. Along with two of his closest friends, Dillon is part of Dizzee Freekz. With crush Kassie leading the Dizzee Freakz, they’re pitted against the traditional dance studio Dance-Splosion, which Kassie turned against after her own bad experience. But when Dillon enters a contest to win a Dance-Splosion scholarship, everything changes. He gets one of the snobbiest girls (basically Kassie’s nemesis) to help him train and he discovers something that seems to go against everything Kassie told him about dance. Could part of what makes dance so great, and so beautiful be the rules and the tradition? His friends want him to slay the audition, and then turn around and tell the Dance-Splosion folks he doesn’t even want their scholarship anyway . . . but what if he does want it? And even more, what if he’s actually becoming a better dancer with instruction? Brooks Benjamin‘s debut novel has so much spunk and heart. Dillon is a charismatic narrator to whom readers will instantly relate. (I honestly spent a bit too much time reading aloud from the book to my husband because so many of the lines had me laughing out loud.) I love the way Benjamin explores aspects of dance culture that are sort of fraught right now. As a fan of So You Think You Can Dance, I’ve watched as the show has grappled over the past couple seasons with the disconnect between traditional dance (which is often quite pricy/exclusive to participate in) and the more accessible hip-hop and street styles. With all of the popularity of dance-themed movies and TV shows, I have no doubt that this book will find a large audience with upper elementary aged kids and middle schoolers. The fact that the author is a school teacher should not come as a surprise to readers. This book feels incredibly attuned the experiences of middle school kids today. I’m going to pull a Mary Murphy and put both Dillon AND this book on the hot tamale train.
MGReader More than 1 year ago
Fun and heartfelt, this book tells the story of aspiring dancer Dillon as he navigates, family, friendships and crushes. The author does a great job with the dialogue and interactions among the kids -- a fun and sweet read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im going to be one. And I have a boy for my teacher his name is Mr. Ambrose. And I will also be with 8th graders. Its spit.
Bieke More than 1 year ago
Well now I’m exhausted. I feel like I’ve just finished a dance marathon. My condition is the worst too so that makes me even more exhausted. But in a good way. Do I even make sense now? Probably not. Whatever. THIS BOOK WAS GREAT, is what I’m saying. I was kinda scared of starting it, to be honest? Because I’ve heard nothing but good things and I was pretty hyped for it. And then I won a copy and the author is, like, the nicest guy ever. I felt so much pressure on me, seriously. What if I hated this? What if I didn’t like it and had to write a negative review? It’d be the worst. BUT I DIDN’T. I freaking loved it. SO VERY MUCH. I was hooked from the start. The writing was perfect and the story was… I wanna say triumphant? Because that’s how I feel now, after finishing it. I was right there with Dillon and the Dizzee Freekz the whole time. Like I was part of them. I was happy when he was happy. I was sad when he was sad. I was synced up to all his emotions and hopes and dreams. It’s such a great feeling when you connect with a character 100%. If I had to point out one thing that… irked me, I guess? But not really in a bad way. It’s just that sometimes Kassie’s reason for her plan seemed really childish at first, but then I got the full story from her side and it didn’t anymore. But for a while their actions seemed childish, but then I reminded myself this is middle grade and they are all like, twelve, so of course they’re childish sometimes. I tend to forget the age of these kids in middle grade books because SO much happens in their lives and it makes them feel older than they are because really, what did you do when you were twelve? I was at home reading and writing silly poems and playing video games. I never went out there to fight Greek gods or defeat an evil wizard. Real life is annoyingly normal and boring. So it was really strange and refreshing to get a set of characters that actually just acts their age. So it’s not really a negative thing in hindsight. I really do need to talk about the characters for a bit too. Because they’re always the most important to me and I really, really loved all of them. I loved all the Dizzee Freekz. Kassie, Carson and Austin were all awesome and unique in their own ways. And I loved getting to know them more and more as the story went on. I liked the small romance that bloomed between Kassie and Dillon and it was all very very slow and way in the background and very innocent too. Just like it should be. I also liked Sarah. Not too much at first, but more and more as I got to know her better. I already mentioned how I connected with Dillon, so no need to say that again. He’s just a really great character that I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know in this book. I kind of want more of him and his ninja freestyle. One thing that stood out to me was this sideplot kind of with one of his teammates from football, DeMarcus. I really liked his story, even though he was just a side character! It brought diversity to the story and I kind of want a companion book or something about him. I really want to get to know him more. Phew, okay. So if you’re a fan of middle grade books, this one should be way up there on your TBR. I’ve read a few MG contemporary books new and I’ve learned that I need to read more of them because they’re all SO amazing. My Seventh Grade Life in Tights was everything I hoped it would be and more. It’s an amazing story about friendship and being yourself and, well, to quote the book “f