>by Candace Fleming
This fascinating biography has lots of photos and well-researched information about Amelia Earhart’s life, including questions researchers have run into about the authenticity of some stories Amelia told about herself. Apparently, she liked to embellish her past a bit to spice things up for the media.
Between chapters that follow Amelia through her childhood and growing up, the author has woven in the amazing mystery of her disappearance at sea on her flight around the world in 1937. Reports of radio signals picked up at strange spots across the world added to the frenzied search for America’s “Lady Lindbergh,” and everyone, from school children to the President and First Lady, was devastated when the fruitless search was finally called off.
This is an excellent nonfiction work for kids needing to read a biography, or anyone interested in Earhart or the history of flight. The author also has a curriculum guide for teachers available online. As Kansans, we love to claim Amelia, who grew up in Atchison, KS – another great reason to check this title out.
Reviewed by Jennifer