AMELIA LOST by Candace Fleming
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AMELIA LOST

The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
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Age Range: 8 - 12
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The most intriguing part of Amelia Earhart’s life is often thought to be the way it ended. A mysterious disappearance and an unsolved rescue mission is a powerful story on its own. But Fleming digs deeper and shows readers why everyone—from young girls who looked up to her to the First Lady of the United States—cared so much for this daring woman pilot. Chapters alternate between the days surrounding Earhart’s fateful crash and her growth from child to trailblazer. The narrative shifts could have been maddening, for suspense reasons alone, but a rhythm is established and the two plotlines gracefully fold into the conclusion. The author also astutely reminds readers that Earhart had a public image to uphold and “took an active role in mythologizing her own life,” so even excerpts from Earhart’s published works can never be completely trusted. Handwritten notes, photos, maps and inquisitive sidebars (What did Earhart eat during flight? Tomato juice and chocolate) complete this impeccably researched, appealing package. A stunning look at an equally stunning lady. (bibliography, Internet resources, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Feb. 8th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-375-84198-9
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2011




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