Planet B-Boy

The history of breakdancing and b-boy culture is woven into the stories of several young male crews from around the world as they prepare for the Battle of the Year championships in Europe. While the choreography is captivating and athleticism jaw-dropping, it's the backgrounds of the young men and revealing interviews with their families that emotionally connect to the viewer. Hip-hop and breakdancing becomes more about unit and compassion for other people and cultures than who has the best moves.

Lee, Benson. Planet B-Boy: Breakdancing Has Evolved. New York: Arts Alliance America, 2007.


Gym Candy

Mick Johnson’s father could have been an amazing professional football player, but he didn’t follow through. Now Mick, a promising high school football player, lives with the daily pressure of his father’s enormous expectations. Mick tries to do all the right things the right way, but it still doesn’t make him great. Desperate to be the best, he turns to illegal methods, which leads to a shocking ending.

Deuker, Carl. Gym Candy. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007.


Chris thought he knew Winston pretty well after being best friends for ten years. But as he and Win bike across the country after graduating from high school, Chris uncovers more about his best friend Win that leaves him sad, confused, frustrated and at times angry. So when Win takes off unexpectedly, Chris finishes the journey alone, thinking Win took a detour to his uncle’s house. Then a private investigator stuns Chris by saying Win never showed up at his uncle’s, and in fact, Win doesn’t even have an uncle.

Bradbury, Jennifer. Shift. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008.