Amelia Earhart: The Sky's No Limit (American Heroes Series)

Amelia Earhart: The Sky's No Limit (American Heroes Series)

by Lori Van Pelt
     
 

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"As a tomboy growing up in Kansas, Amelia Earhart delighted in trying new and risky things, once even building a roller coaster in her grandparents' backyard. In her twenties she fell in love with flight while watching an aerobatics exhibition and grew even more enthralled when she took her first airplane ride." "At age twenty-four she earned her pilot's wings and in… See more details below

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"As a tomboy growing up in Kansas, Amelia Earhart delighted in trying new and risky things, once even building a roller coaster in her grandparents' backyard. In her twenties she fell in love with flight while watching an aerobatics exhibition and grew even more enthralled when she took her first airplane ride." "At age twenty-four she earned her pilot's wings and in 1928 took part in the transatlantic "Friendship" flight. Her willowy build, wholesome smile, and tousled blond hair invited comparison to the celebrated pilot Charles Lindbergh, and "Lady Lindy" charmed the public with her unassuming manner." "In 1931, Earhart wed publisher George Putnam, who managed her career and promoted her zealously, ensuring her status as the world's best-known aviatrix. The next year, she soloed the Atlantic, afterward receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, and she began championing the efforts of women throughout the world to explore careers - especially in aviation - traditionally held by men." "Tragically, just days before her fortieth birthday, Earhart, her navigator, Fred Noonan, and their plane vanished en route to tiny Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean as they neared the end of their round-the-world journey. President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the greatest land and ocean search ever undertaken up to that time, but no trace of the missing fliers or their craft was ever found." To Amelia Earhart, even the sky was no limit to those with the courage to test new boundaries.

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Editorial Reviews

Col. Walter Boyne (USAF
"Should be on everybody's reading list for it reminds us of just how brave America's 'Lady Lindy' was…."

Roundup Magazine
"Until now, none of the many books written about Amelia captures the breadth of her life."

KLIATT - Olivia Durant
Selected as one of the 2006 New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age, this biography traces Amelia Earhart's life from her childhood through her disappearance in 1937. Lori Van Pelt contributes an extensively researched volume to the American Heroes series, which includes biographies of George Washington, John Muir, and Mary Edwards Walker. Born in Kansas in 1897, Amelia was a tomboy who loved adventures of any kind. During WW I, she lived in Toronto and did some nursing work caring for wounded soldiers, who enthralled her with tales of their flying exploits. Bitten by the flying bug, Earhart faced numerous challenges in her quest to become a pilot. Taking lessons and paying for the flight time to gain experience was expensive. Once Amelia received her pilot's license and began to gain notoriety, she worked tirelessly to advance the cause of equal treatment of women in all areas of life. She successfully juggled marriage, flying, and speaking arrangements, until her fateful attempt to fly around the world. The thorough index and bibliography will assist students with research projects. Tables listing notable events in aviation and Amelia's flying records are also useful. This book is recommended for senior high school students and adults interested in women's history or aviation.
Col. Walter Boyne
"Reminds us of just how brave America's 'Lady Lindy' was, how much she accomplished and how great were the risks she knowingly took."
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"Amelia Earhart: The Sky's No Limit should be on everybody's reading list, for it reminds us of just how brave America's 'Lady Lindy' was, how much she accomplished and how great were the risks she knowingly took. Lori Van Pelt, succeeds in capturing Amelia's personality as well as those of the many celebrities who surrounded her. This exceedingly well-written tribute to Amelia Earhart portrays her as a true American Hero, one whose memory needs to be rekindled in these trying times."—Col. Walter Boyne (USAF, ret.), former director of the National Air and Space Museum, New York Times bestselling author

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765310620
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
06/27/2006
Series:
American Heroes Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
4.97(w) x 7.47(h) x 0.61(d)

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