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

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

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by Ashley Fiolek, Caroline Ryder
     
 

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“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.”
—Marlee Matlin

“Ashley Fiolek

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“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.”
—Marlee Matlin

“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.”
—Travis Pastrana, nine-time X Games gold medalist and host of Nitro Circus

Called “a crusader for gender equity in her sport” by the New York Times, 2008 Women’s Motocross Champion Ashley Fiolek’s inspiring memoir about her life-long deafness, her triumph over adversity, her rise to the top of her male-dominated extreme sport, and how her family and Christian faith helped her get there. Fans of motocross and extreme sports, as well as readers who enjoyed memoirs such as Bethany Hamilton’s Soul Surfer, will be inspired by Kicking Up Dirt.

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061993596
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
3 MB

What People are saying about this

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.”

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.


Caroline Ryder has written for the Los Angeles Times, Paper, and Dazed and Confused, and lives in Los Angeles.

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Kicking up Dirt 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Im really into motocross and ashley is a true hero and inspiration to all riders out there!
TristianMize77 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
Colleen Harris More than 1 year ago
I love it,ashley rocks
Johnny Sedovyy More than 1 year ago
Cool book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Determination at its Best I read Ashley Fiolek’s Kicking Up Dirt: A True Story of Determination, Deafness, and Daring. It was about Ashley’s life growing up deaf and wanting to ride motocross. Her family never knew she was deaf until she was three. This discovery turned their whole world around. She still had the desire to ride like her dad and grandpa. Hearing is a very important quality to have when riding, especially learning how to ride. Fiolek, not being able to hear, had an extra challenge learning how to ride. She had to learn how to feel the bike and know when to shift gears. Through many breaks and bruises, Ashley Fiolek learned how to ride, to become one of the top female racers of motocross. This book is a great story with a theme of determination. She knew what she wanted, and she didn’t let anyone or anything get in her way. While reading the book, determination was always in my mind. She didn’t let go or change the theme of determination. Determination is one big quality Fiolek needed to get her to where she is now. I really liked this book because it’s like I meet her. Her personality shines throughout the book. Her journey of learning to ride and the amount of detail she provides feels like I was right there with her. Throughout the book, she has different factual information about motocross, including flag colors and meanings, motocross jargon, and the differences between bikes. One other like was she wrote about the struggle of being a girl wanting to ride motocross. She put in details on how she bypassed being a girl while signing up to race. She including the work put in to start Women’s Motocross Association (WMA). One dislike I have is the book was an easy read. I was expecting a more challenging read. I feel like she could have added a more information to expand on her story. She didn’t have a lot of information about why she did want to ride motocross. For anyone needing inspiration or help to overcome a challenge should definitely read this book. For someone who does not know anything about motocross, and wants to learn about it, I recommend reading this book. There are many details about the sport. For anyone who does not like motocross, I recommend not reading this book. If you liked Kicking Up Dirt, I recommend reading Wide Open by Jeremy McGrath, Mind of a Demon: A Memoir of Motocross, Madness, and the Metal Mulisha by Larry Linkogle, and The Big Jump: The Tao of Travis Pastrana by Travis Pastrana. The overall rating I give this book is 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. This book is one of my favorites now.
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Great book! Ashley is amazing!
kawasaki_801 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It cept me in to it i loved it
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