Down with the Dance

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C.T. Walsh

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Austin Davenport is middle school nerd who discovers someone is preparing to take down the Halloween dance. Can a nerd save the dance, get the girl, and avoid eternal detention? Maybe. Maybe not. But you'll laugh out loud as he tries.



Short Summary

Austin's the biggest loser in middle school with help from his butt-chinned brother. While he quickly ends up in the crosshairs of an overbearing principal, his luck appears to change as a new girl arrives and the Halloween dance is announced...until his brother decides to take down the dance.



Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Austin Davenport

Age: 10

Gender: Male

Role: Logical

Key Traits: Aspiring,Clumsy,Funny,Romantic,Educated,Leader,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Derek Davenport

Age: 11

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Principal Butthaire

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Narcisstic,Crazy,Power Hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: Sophie

Age: 11

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Decisive,Heartthrob,Honorable

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?

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Farcical Press- Self Published

Year Published: 2019

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Austin is starting middle school, the nerdy child with a popular older brother who constantly terrorizes him. He becomes the focus of the principal who continues to blame Austin for trouble, cancelling the Halloween dance because of him. Austin's crush and now girlfriend dumps him when someone releases a photo where he looks to be kissing someone else. He thwarts his brother and the principals' plan , saving the dance and having a great time with his friends.

Overall Rating


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Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: EXCELLENT

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile does not have complete sentences or punctuations. It is a incoherent combination of some plot points. The sentences need to be completed.

Draw of Story

The story dives into the terror of adolescence and starting a new school which is very relatable. Austin is a great character because he doesn't let his circumstances stop him and he finds the courage to makes changes.

Possible Drawbacks

The story focuses on some classic troupes dealing with kids in schools: nerds, jocks, popular kids, etc. This feels a bit outdated and unrealistic to today's youth. All the major plot points can happen without this. The focus could be on Austin and his relationship with his brother, Derrick.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Austin is being terrorized by his brother and the new principal. When he feels like things are turning up for him, he loses his girlfriend and his popularity. When he decides to clear his name and save the school dance, he finds his voice. I would watch the movie for the relatable adolescent angst.

Fanbase Potential

This would have a smaller fanbase. The demographic is definitely tweens which don't find a large audience. The story is entertaining, but is predictable.

Awards Potential

This would not have awards potential. It is not unique or breaking any ground with storytelling or representation. Overall, it is entertaining for the target demographic.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story has some original elements to it, but overall it follows the format of the "growing up, awkward years" story. Austin believes everyone hates him and that life is unfair especially because of his older brother who terrorizes him. The uniqueness lies in his actions. He isn't defeated and speak up for himself in the end. He reconciles with his brother so they can have a better relationship. Austin builds his own community as well. The story would be more unique with a female lead or one with cultural diversity.

Lead Characters

The lead character stands out because he seeks to right the wrongs against him. Just as he is fulfilling some of his desires, they get taken away from him. He doesn't sit and take it but actively changes the circumstances. It is an important lesson for children that age.

Uniqueness of Story

This is a very average story that has some heart. It doesn't stray away from similar plots but is well written and entertaining. There could be more diversity, including other cultures as well as more female representation. It should reflect modern schools and children. The nerd vs. popular kid troupe feels somewhat outdated.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Streaming, Cable

Analyst Recommendation



This story is well written with great lessons for kids of the target demographic. While I am sure it reflects some schools today, it feels like the tide has turned on the stereotypical nerd vs. popular kid theme. The line of what is considered popular and "nerdy" is very blurred. The term nerd feels archaic. There doesn't seem to be a great demand for stories like this and it isn't breaking any ground which makes it a consider.