Dropping in with Andy Mac: The Life of a Pro Skateboarder [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
See more details below
Dropping in with Andy Mac: The Life of a Pro Skateboarder

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$8.99
BN.com price

Overview

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.
Read More Show Less

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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439114773
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 937,763
  • File size: 11 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Read an Excerpt


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.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Best sk8board book ive ever read !!!!

    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 !!!!!!! ( :

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Best book ever

    Seriously though its the best book ever

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 13, 2011

    Shredding The Gnar

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 12, 2009

    dropping in with andy mac

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2006

    The lIfe of a Pro-Skater

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)