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Ollestad, Norman.
New York : Ecco, 2009
ISBN 0061766720
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Norman is pushed by his father to be a competitive skier and to ski in treacherous conditions that even adults would fear. “Boy Wonder,” his father calls him. He has to be the best. Norman is also taught to surf; he’s pushed and pushed to seek out the biggest and most dangerous waves. Skiing and surfing become his religion. As an eleven-year-old young boy who wants to just hang with his friends, he fights it. He doesn’t understand it. The intensity of it scares him. But at an altitude of nearly 9,000 feet in the San Gabriel Mountains, this same intensity saves his life. This memoir of survival is not just about cheating death, but about surviving life.
-- Cara Woudenberg (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
SUBJECTS:     Ollestad, Norman.
                        Aircraft accident victims -- Biography.
                        Aircraft accidents -- San Bernardino Mountains (Calif.)
                        Child surfers -- Biography.
                        Skiing -- United States -- Biography.
                        Ollestad, Norman Family.
                        Ollestad, Norman, 1935-1979.
                        Father-son relationship.
                        Fathers -- Death.

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