Kid B (Paperback)

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B-boying is the only thing seventeen-year-old Kid B has ever been any good at—but that’s nothin’ to floss about in his racially charged eastern Texas town in the rust belt. He’s been called “wigger” and “jigaboo,” but race doesn’t matter to Kid. Or his krew. What matters is that they represent at the upcoming Throw Down—one of the most cutthroat hip-hop dance competitions in the nation—and that they hold their own against rivals Magno Clique, the roughest gang of b-boyers in town.

Over a hot summer, friendly challenges between the two gangs turn bloody. And though he’s just trying to keep it together with his messed-up family, his friends, and his new girlfriend, Kid is forced to figure out the next steps in his life.

About the Author

Linden Dalecki directed and edited the documentary Breakin’ Away, which screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner and is featured in the full-length Texas b-boy documentary Inside the Circle (2006). Kid B, his first novel, evolved from his story “The B-Boys of Beaumont,” a first-place winner in the Austin Chronicle’s short story contest. Growing up inside the D.C. beltway, Linden b-boyed his way through junior high and high school.

Praise For…

What makes this novel distinctive . . . is the authenticity of Kid's voice. Some of the expressions and language are local to the east Texas hip-hop community . . . but most of the vocabulary is popular urban slang, and Kid B does a good job of describing the various break dance moves that he names, such as windmills, bellymills, suicides, etc. Kid's narration is fully stylized insider hip-hop fo' shizzle, making this an informative ethnography of b-boy culture for outsiders, and a great way to entice readers who are more at home on cardboard than carpet.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780618605668
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 9th, 2006
Pages: 246