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Chapter 1

Off the roof… onto the kiddie slide… ollie into the empty pool… up the other side… do a 360, yeah!… carve around the side… handplant on the lip… hmmm, kinda high up here… Yikes! – It’s Tammy, my 11-year-old twirp sister, dying to turn me in… again.

Whooaaa! – Face plant city, six feet down. Ouch!

3… 2… 1… Moooom! Brian hurt himself again!

Yep, that’s me, Brian. Brian Ryan. I’m 14… well, next July I am. And I know what you’re thinking, but I’m not just some skateboard freak. Sure, I wipe out a lot, but I’m into the physics of the stunts and all, and other sports too – BMX biking, snowboarding, blading – everything.

I even design my own stunts… which don’t always work out… but that’s why God invented band-aids, right?

I get the same old lecture from Mom at breakfast – Stay out of the pool, you’re streaking the plaster! Next time, she’ll take away my board – you know the drill. Also, the whole routine about making her look bad that she can’t control her own son and all. Her look bad? Hey, I’m the one with a face full of road-rash!

Finally off to school on my board. Eighth grade, MacGuffin Middle School. And look, there’s my best bud, Dale Tate. He’s got his digicam running, shooting me doing a wicked grind on a bench.

And – Oh, yes! – down the hall, there’s Robyn Griffin. She’s hot, but for some reason, she’s always avoiding me. I skate right up to her, do a kickflip – rad! – and look to see if she’s watching… but then –

BAMM! – I run right into Mitch Yablonsky. Someone skimped on the gray matter with this guy but not on the ugly… or the muscle. So he and his goons, Mike and Chuck, are ready to waste me – again – when Mr. Perry, the V.P., steps up. He’s my man. Takes away my board but whispers that I can pick it up at his office later. Good to have someone on my side!

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Chapter 2

Gotta stop here to tell you something. The coolest thing is happening today. The Xtreme Dream Games are gonna be right at my school! Right on the football field, they put up a wild set of half-pipes, quarter-pipes, fun-boxes – the works. It’s gonna be incredible, and the best thing is that Road-Rash Reiley will be there! No kidding, the champ himself! And – get this – he actually used to go to school here!

Back to my weird day – and it’s gonna get weirder, you’ll see. I’m in Mrs. Noonan’s class – we call her The Nooner – and she’s got this