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Dropping in with Andy Mac: The Life of a Pro Skateboarder
     

Dropping in with Andy Mac: The Life of a Pro Skateboarder

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by Andy Macdonald, Lauren Monchik (Illustrator), Theresa Foy DiGeronimo
 

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As a baby he flipped himself upside down in his jolly jumper.
As a kid he rode his Big Wheel into traffic.
When he discovered skateboarding, his life was changed forever.

So how did Andy Macdonald go from death-defying stunts in his jolly jumper to world champion skateboarder? In his own words, Andy shares all the ups and downs and the spills and thrills, from

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As a baby he flipped himself upside down in his jolly jumper.
As a kid he rode his Big Wheel into traffic.
When he discovered skateboarding, his life was changed forever.

So how did Andy Macdonald go from death-defying stunts in his jolly jumper to world champion skateboarder? In his own words, Andy shares all the ups and downs and the spills and thrills, from driving to California in a broken-down car and dressing up as Shamu at Sea World to setting world records and giving a speech at the White House. He's traveled the world over with his skateboard under his arm.

Andy's made the road to sweet, sweet success look easy. But this behind-the-scenes look takes you onto the platform of the vert ramp -- to the competitions, the long hours of practice, and more. It reveals a bumpy road to the top that, as Andy will tell you, could be reached only with the guts that skateboarding gave him.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Young fans who can't get enough of their favorite activities will flip for these new titles. Dropping in with Andy Mac: The Life of a Pro Skateboarder by Andy Macdonald with Theresa Foy Digeronimo, showcases the world of skateboarding and how far one young man traveled to follow his dreams, from "Skatepark Kid" to "California Pro." B&w photos and full-color inserts convey the speed and excitement of the sport. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
Skateboarding tests the acrobatic skills of its participants with its death-defying twists, jumps, and movements. Andy Macdonald is the typical skateboarding hero—daring, tenacious, and driven! This book profiles MacDonald's humble skateboarding beginnings in suburban Boston as the child of divorced parents who took his tremendous energy level and channeled it into a sport that became his profession. He describes some of the challenges he faced in becoming a pro, the effect the sport has had on his life, and the hopes and dreams he shares with other skateboarders for the sport's continued development. Macdonald uses skateboarding lingo throughout to not only describe skateboarding activity and present its vocabulary, but to profile the skateboarding culture. The reader gains a sense of how skateboarders are viewed as "counterculture figures" who live alternative lifestyles. MacDonald attempts to illustrate that such stereotypes are not always accurate; many "mainstream" individuals enjoy the skateboarding sport—including "Mac" himself. Excellent color and b/w photos depict the true art of skateboarding, and students will welcome the handy glossary. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Simon & Schuster, Pulse, 158p. illus.,
— Tom Adamich
VOYA
This excellent autobiography for fans of professional skateboarding would also serve as a nice introduction to the sport. MacDonald's story is inspiring, and it will ring true with many teens. By no means a spoiled rich kid, MacDonald once lived in a suburb nicknamed "Slummerville." He also had to deal with prejudice in the eighth grade and beyond because of his different clothes and hairstyle. Subjected to verbal harassment from classmates, MacDonald continued to chase his dream of becoming a professional skateboarder and fell in love along the way. His success, however, did not happen overnight, and his resolve was tested frequently, such as when he went to more than twenty hotels to apply for work to pay the rent but was unable to get a job. This book is definitely recommended for public and school libraries where books on skateboarding or extreme sports are popular. It follows MacDonald from his childhood to the present, and it is interesting to see how his daredevil antics as a youngster foreshadowed his career. Teens will like the small paperback format of this book, and the many color photos and breezy format make it perfect for reluctant readers. Although MacDonald's story meets requirements for those assignments where students must read books of a certain length, many teachers might not approve the book because of the plethora of color photos. Glossary. Photos. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, 176p,
— David Goodale
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-With more than 11 million skateboarders in the U.S., this autobiography by one of the sport's premier skaters as well as an ESPN X Games champion is a definite must. Following an introduction by Tony Hawk, Macdonald takes readers on his journey from his youth in Boston to California to fulfill his dream of becoming a pro skater after high school, to his years as a pro. He does not sugarcoat the hard work and determination it took to reach his goal. Sidebars throughout the book give great anecdotes of memories and lessons learned. The black-and-white and full-color photographs, some full page, give readers a look into this amazing, dangerous, and exciting sport. A natural for autobiography assignments for fans of the sport.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689857843
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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As a baby he flipped himself upside down in his jolly jumper.
As a kid he rode his Big Wheel into traffic.
When he discovered skateboarding,
his life was changed forever.

So how did Andy Macdonald go from death-defying stunts in his jolly jumper to world champion skateboarder? In his own words, Andy shares all the ups and downs and the spills and thrills, from driving to California in a broken-down car and dressing up as Shamu at Sea World to setting world records and giving a speech at the White House. He's traveled the world over with his skateboard under his arm.

Andy's made the road to sweet, sweet success look easy. But this behind-the-scenes look takes you onto the platform of the vert ramp -- to the competitions, the long hours of practice, and more. It reveals a bumpy road to the top that, as Andy will tell you, could be reached only with the guts that skateboarding gave him.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andy Mc.donald is shreds the gnar when it comes to sk8boarding man!!!! I may be really young only at age 12 , but He makes me want to go big on my sk8boarding and sk8boarding dream after i read this book !!!!!!! ( :
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously though its the best book ever
Cameron_Streich More than 1 year ago
This is a story of the life of Andy Mac. He grew up in a poorer part of Boston, with his older brother and mother. His dad moved to Michigan when his divorced so he spent summers there. Once he discovered skating he lost interest in all other sports and commited fully to skating. Since he didnt have a lot of money, he had to steal wood from local constuction sites to build the ramps that would launch him to fame. He Moved to California once he graduated from high school. Unfortunatly for him this was the time when skate boarding had taken a plumet in popularity and he was barely making it doing odd jobs around San Fransico. But finally he got a chance for success when his friend started up a new company that agreed to spsonsor him. He started winning compititions and making it big, getting new better sponsors. Even when his family and friends said he would never make it as a professional skater he managed to pull it off and get paid to do what he loved. I like how honest he was about what happened, even when it wasn't the highlight of his life. The message he really wanted to get across was that if you love something, you will find a way to make it happen, even against all odds. I would recommend this to anyone who likes skateboarding or just a good rags to riches against the odds story.
A_ustin More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. I learned how Andy Mac, one of my favorite skateborders, came to be. It told me about the obsticles he faced becoming a professional skater and how they made him grow. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes or has an interest in skateboarding. Also to get word out for all andy has contributed to skating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Book 'Dropping in with Andy Mac' I though it was greatly written, and he has accomplished many thing s in his lifetime so far, I suggest that you read this book, or get it for your son/daughter that is into skateboarding. I really enjoyed this book because he had a very interesting childhood.