Kicking Up Dirt: A True Story of Determination, Deafness, and Daring

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At nineteen, Ashley Fiolek is already the top female competitor in a tough men's sport: motocross, a form of off-road motorcycle racing that is one of the most competitive and dangerous extreme sports in the world. Since going pro in late 2007, Fiolek has taken gold at the X Games, won the American Women's Motocross Championship twice, and become the first woman in American motocross history to be signed to a factory team—the highest echelon of industry backing.

But Fiolek's ...

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At nineteen, Ashley Fiolek is already the top female competitor in a tough men's sport: motocross, a form of off-road motorcycle racing that is one of the most competitive and dangerous extreme sports in the world. Since going pro in late 2007, Fiolek has taken gold at the X Games, won the American Women's Motocross Championship twice, and become the first woman in American motocross history to be signed to a factory team—the highest echelon of industry backing.

But Fiolek's rise has not come without obstacles. Fiolek was born profoundly deaf, a handicap that makes everyday life difficult—and competition on the track downright dangerous. Originally misdiagnosed as "mildly retarded," she was a painfully shy and introverted child—until her parents introduced her to the world of dirt bikes, which helped her escape the silence in her head and connect with others who shared her passion. She began racing at seven, and as her successes grew through hard work and no small number of broken bones, so did her confidence.

Fiolek has never believed her disability should stand in the way of her dreams. Nor has she allowed her gender to limit her career—motocross historically has been a men's sport, but with the love and support of her dirt-obsessed family, including her "Grandpa Motorcycle," her little brother, Kicker, and her dogs, Turbo and Rocco, Ashley has emerged as one of the sport's most talked-about stars, changing the way the entire industry views women. Armed with her extraordinary talent, contagious grin, and deep faith in God, Fiolek continues to venture into unknown territory, relentlessly pushing herself—and women's motocross—to ever-greater heights.

Kicking Up Dirt is a remarkable, inspiring tale of a young woman's courage and determination to succeed in the face of truly challenging obstacles.

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Editorial Reviews

Marlee Matlin
“Ashley Fiolek’s incredible story perfectly embodies the adage ‘the only thing that deaf people can’t do is hear.’ Fiolek is an inspiration to anyone who has a barrier to overcome. My hands are waving in the air, and I’m screaming for her; this book should not be missed.”
Travis Pastrana
“Ashley Fiolek’s not just good at motocross for a girl…she’s flat-out good. She is a tough, confident, competitive racer who has overcome enough in her life to know that nothing is impossible.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061946479
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ashley Fiolek is the premier female motocross racer in the world. She writes a monthly column, "Silence," in Transworld magazine and has been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, and other publications. Fiolek lives in Jacksonville, Florida, but travels the world to compete.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Animal <3 lover

    A great story about determination and never giving up! I love this book very much!! Another book I recomend is Soul Surfer written by Bethany Hamilton

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Awesome!

    I really enjoyed this book! Im really into motocross and ashley is a true hero and inspiration to all riders out there!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

    Its awsome

    I love it,ashley rocks

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    I love it, Ashley is my hero. I am not deaf, but I do have deaf

    I love it, Ashley is my hero. I am not deaf, but I do have deaf friends, therefore; I don't talk much. I use sign language more thanks to my amazing friends. :) Ashley is what inspired me to learn SL, and get into motocross. Just a girl living her dream. Taylor Higgins for example; when I met her, that's how we comminucated. Although she talks. Haha. I love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Amazing

    I loved this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Cool book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Great book! Ashley is amazing!

    Great book! Ashley is amazing!

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    This was a very good book. It was a good book because it showed

    This was a very good book. It was a good book because it showed heart and leadership;]
    My favorite part was how she was a very good dirt bike rider and she was a girl. She was even deaf.
    It could have been longer.
    She was at the doctors
    This book was overall very good.

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