Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It

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She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to fly solo across the Pacific. But Amelia Earhart was also a photographer, poet, hospital worker, truck hauler, fashion designer, social worker, and student of chemistry, physics, and medicine—before she vanished mysteriously in her airplane over the Pacific Ocean in July 1937.

Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It is the first premium-quality illustrated biography to cover all facets of the icon’s life, featuring never-before-seen photographs, artifacts, letters, documents, and maps. It will include fascinating newly-revealed details about Amelia’s life and bring the story of her disappearance up-to-date with the latest information about the search for her remains in the Pacific Ocean. Above all, Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It vividly captures the essence of Amelia Earhart and her unorthodox, unflinching zeal for living life.

Amelia: The Thrill of It will publish to coincide with the major motion film, Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, and Ewan McGregor.

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Editorial Reviews

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Booklist, October 1, 2009
“…an irresistible biography-in-pictures rich in photographs of Earhart and a slew of intriguing documents. Wels’ brisk narrative hits all the main points and captures the spirit of Earhart.”

School Library Journal, October 20, 2009
“…an ideal choice for young adult collections…the engaging narrative hits all of the highpoints of her career, provides insight into her personal life, and reveals the many nuances of her character. … Clearly conveying Earhart’s zeal for life, this spellbinding book will grab teens from the first page and keep them reading to the very end.”

Allentown Books Examiner, October 29, 2009
"Not your usual biography, Wels combines not only Amelia Earhart's life story but also original documents, never-before-seen pictures, personal moments, and various artifacts being used to continue the search for her remains. Published to correspond with the movie release starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, The Thrill of It celebrates Earhart's zest for life, her bravery, and everything that made her the icon that she has become."

Library Journal, November 2009
“Lovers of biography should be sure to check out Susan Wels's Amelia Earhart…Wels adds to the Earhart reservoir new research and fresh insights. The writing is lucid and well paced, and the layout is superb.”

Curve, December 2009
“…for the ultimate illustrated biography of Earhart, pick up Amelia Earhart: The Thril of It by Susan Wels.”

San Jose Mercury News, 11/25/09
“lavishly illustrated… This may be the perfect book for preteen or teenage girls with similar goals.”

Charleston Gazette, April 25, 2010
“Wels has given us a well-written and beautifully illustrated story of Amelia, her husband and others who were part of her many adventures…Wels’ text is exciting ..This book belongs in all libraries, including ones related to schools. One need not take Earhart’s risks, but certainly young women and men can gain inspiration from this volume.” 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762437634
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,016,918
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Wels is the author of several history books, including Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, which spent 14 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and Pearl Harbor: America’s Darkest Day. She is also an award-winning magazine editor. She lives in San Francisco, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project. T

    I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project. This book had a lot of information and interesting facts about Amelia
    Earhart. It covered from when she was a little child to when she began to fly and then to the time of her disappearance. I really enjoyed this book because it not only gave a lot of information about her but it also gave some pictures of important events in her life. I also like the fact that they included flying records, a map of her flight and a index just in case you needed to find something. There was one thing I didn't like and that was the fact that they gave too much background information about her family. I personally think that they needed to focus more on Amelia herself. This book is perfect if you want to get in dept with her family and their background information. Now that I have read this book, I feel like I understand more about her and her life. This is a perfect book for children and even teenagers to understand. Even though the book may not have answered all my questions, I would recommend this book to anyone that needs to know about Amelia herself, about her flights over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and her disappearance. It is also a fun book with lots of interesting pictures for you to look at.

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