Sunday, July 24, 2011


Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia EarhartMay 21, 1937. Amelia Earhart began what was to be her most dangerous - and longest - flight. July 3, 1937. Amelia Earhart, navigator Fred Noonan and their airplane disappear forever. 
Chapters alternate between the days surrounding the aircraft’s disappearance and Earhart’s life from birth leading up to the fateful trip. This biography tells the tale of a woman who, since infancy, was described as “highly independent and precocious” (page 7). These traits would forever be a part of her personality, sometimes to her discredit.

Fleming has done her research and provides another engaging biography, full of primary resources showing a side of Earhart that is rarely discussed while still honoring Earhart’s accomplishments.

There is a wonderful bibliography and list of Internet resources included. 

This is a fantastic biography for tweens.  An added bonus?  It's 118 pages long, which means it is perfect for students who need a biography over 100 pages! (Raise your hand if you are a librarian annoyed by this request.)

On the section about Morse code, it is suggested that the reader find further information by visiting a particular website (page 17). With the often rapid changes of web sites, perhaps this should have been included in the list of Internet resources listed at the end of the book.

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