My childhood self would have loved this book.
Thank you so much to Rachel at https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ and C.T. Walsh for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary physical book and blog tour media kit!
About the Author
Besides writing fun, snarky humor and the occasionally-frequent fart joke, I love spending time with my family, coaching my kids’ various sports, and successfully turning seemingly unsandwichable things into spectacular sandwiches, while also claiming that I never eat carbs. I assure you, it’s not easy to do. I know what you’re thinking: this guy sounds complex, a little bit mysterious, and maybe even dashingly handsome, if you haven’t been to the optometrist in a while. And you might be right.
My goal with my writing is to engage young readers with fun and adventure. With so many competing forms of entertainment available to our kids (and so many of them mindless), I really try to provide a reading experience like no other.
I value the importance of combining fun with learning and life values. My stories are humorous and adventurous with strong characters and solid life lessons with some potty humor sprinkled in. You gotta give the kids what they want…Hey, it’s better to read fart jokes than to play video games, right?
Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.
Meet Austin Davenport, whose fabulous luck landed him on this earth only eleven short months after his brother, Derek, putting them in the same grade. While Austin’s brain power is unmatched, it appears as if his brother got all the athletic gifts and the family butt-chin, meaning their parents love Derek more than Austin, or so it seems.
Join Austin on his journey through the tumultuous waters of middle school as he navigates the swampy and undeodorized hallways and explores the depths of the cafeteria’s seafood surprise.
Oh, and someone is plotting to take down the Halloween Dance, the one that Austin has his sights set on, so he can take Sophie Rodriguez, a girl way out of his league, but who doesn’t seem to know it.
Can he stay one step ahead of the new principal who has it out for him? Will Austin figure out who the perpetrators are? Will he save the dance in time? Will he wear a diaper on a stakeout?
This first in a planned series of twelve will have you ROFLing like you never have before.
The funny and fast-paced nature of this series is meant for middle grade and early young adult readers.
Review (No Spoilers)
Down with the Dance is definitely a book that I would have adored as a kid. It’s got all of the elements that contemporary children/middle-grade books tend to have: exaggerated adult caricatures, a plethora of fart jokes, an awkward protagonist, a peer bully, and an amazing sense of humor.
The book follows Austin Davenport, a middle-schooler who happens to be in the same grade as his evil older (non-twin) brother. His brother is 11 months older than him and I tried to figure out why they’d be in the same grade but then decided that schools are just weird like that and went with it. I have an October birthday and was told that I was lucky I got placed in the “right” grade because of how late in the year it is. One of my friends is 12 days younger than me and was placed in the grade below me. AND YET my cousin who is two months younger than me was placed in the same grade as me. Basically nothing makes sense.
The narration of Down with the Dance is told in first person, something that I thought added much of the humor. Austin is the perfect mix of angst, nerd, and awkward. And he was unexpectedly hilarious. Even though I am a 27 year old adult, I still found this book really enjoyable. It’s definitely not realistic, and the adults annoyed the heck out of me with how irresponsible they all were, but I don’t think the target audience would care about that at all.
Austin’s love interest Sophie Rodriguez was probably my favorite character of the book. She was incredibly kind, understanding, and assertive. Partway through the book there’s the classic misunderstanding trope, but once this is figured out, she is quick to apologize and admit her mistake. I admired her personality a lot.
Austin’s adventures in middle school are far from over! The end of my copy had a chapter preview of the next book and it already sounds like a hoot. Feel free to follow along with the rest of the tour (schedule below) and if you’d like to purchase Down with the Dance, you can find it on Amazon US (affiliate link) or Amazon UK!
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