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Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

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From the acclaimed author of The Great and Only Barnum—as well as The Lincolns, Our Eleanor, and Ben Franklin's Almanac—comes the thrilling story of America's most celebrated flyer, Amelia Earhart.

In alternating chapters, Fleming deftly moves readers back and forth between Amelia's life (from childhood up until her last flight) and the exhaustive search for her and her mi
Hardcover, 118 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Schwartz & Wade
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In 2009 I heard Candace Fleming say--I think she was in the middle of writing this book--that the more she learned about Amelia Earhart, the less she admired her. I think that comes across in the book, though I don't know whether I would have noticed it or thought about it if I hadn't remembered her saying that. Earhart is a moderately interesting person, but not always for the reasons one might want. I thought it was especially clear that Fleming wasn't thrilled by Earhart carrying on with a ma ...more
I LOVED this book with all my heart! Hands down, one of the best books published for kids in 2011. This biography of Amelia Earhart intersperses the details of her life with the details of her disappearance. The writing is excellent. From the very first page I was hooked and emotionally engrossed. I became worried about Amelia's lack of communication during her last flight and I tore through this book searching for answers. There are many pictures and copies of artifacts (letters etc) and the ch ...more
I love learning something I didn't know, and in this bio I found out that Amelia was the Lady Gaga of her time in terms of self-promotion. I had no idea how carefully she crafted her image, down to curling her straight hair, which she let the public believe was naturally tousled and windblown. I was left with two questions at the end, tho, which were did she ever meet Charles Lindbergh and how DOES one go to the bathroom on those long plane rides?

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Marjorie Ingall
Definitely for adults as much as kids. Who knew Amelia Earhart was so image-obsessed? (Her "artless" short coif was carefully created every morning with a curling iron; she created her own narrative and mythmaking from the very start of her career; and even when she needed to dump weight from her plane she kept cards on board she could autograph and sell). She knew she was a brand, and the way she worked that is fascinating. The book delves into her fundraising for her adventures, her self-marke ...more
This is more than a dry “here’s the life of Amelia Earhart” story. If you want to know what she was like, what she was really like, you’ll find it here. She was a girl with a dream and penchant for adventure. And while she and her husband were brilliant publicists, it turns out she wasn’t very good at planning.
It starts out telling how a ship was waiting to direct Amelia to the island where they built a short runway and a place for her to refuel before the last leg of her trip around the world.
This may be one of my favorite nonfiction titles of all time - I loved the chapters that alternated back and forth between the search for the missing Amelia Earhart and the life that led her to that last voyage. This is narrative nonfiction at its very best...suspenseful, even though you know full well how it all ends. One more thing I love about Candace Fleming's research and writing is the way she paints a hero as a real human being, imperfections and all, and while this biography most certain ...more
Amelia Lost

Amelia Earhart is still remembered as one of the greatest female aviators of all time. She was a brave and courageous woman who was very persistent about following her dreams. Amelia was born on July 24, 1897. By twelve weeks of age Amelia already talked to herself in mirrors, and when she was three she was sent off to live with her grandmother. Amelia's grandmother was a big part of her life when she was a young girl. She lived in her grandmother's farmhouse in Kansas. Her grandmoth
Most readers who pick up a biography on Amelia Earhart are, at this point, far more interested in her disappearance than her life. Fleming obviously understands this, but didn't let it get in the way of telling the fuller story of her life. She does this by alternating chronological chapters on her life with detailed sections on how she vanished. It works, in large part because if you know one thing about Earhart, it's that she vanished without a trace. The rest of her life story is interesting ...more
Shaeley Santiago
Interesting history of Amelia Earhart's life. I learned that she lived in DSM for a time and that she worked for Purdue University. The main focus of the book was a record of what she did.

I wish there had been more information about the results of ongoing searches for her plane crash, even in the notes at the end. A few years ago, I heard a presentation about theories of where the plane went down. This book just focused on the search for her at that time and did not go beyond the few weeks follo
Jan 20, 2012 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: feminists, people into aviation history biography lovers
This is nonfiction but reads like a thriller in many ways. I didn't want to put it down to go to work. The fact that you know what happens at the end somehow adds to the suspense in an odd way. I loved the way Fleming debunked myths often started by Amelia herself. No, she didn't become interested in flight when she saw an air show when young. Why? Because at that early point in aviation history, planes hadn't made it to her home town at the time! While Fleming makes it clear that Earhart had to ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Earhart’s biography is framed with her dramatic disappearance and the weeks until the search was called off. The author does not begin dryly but with an intense moment in her life that readers are probably the most familiar with and thrillingly expands upon them. The author includes Earhart’s early life and doesn’t shy away from the family’s troubles. From the beginning, Amelia pushed common gender boundaries in her own way and longed for adventure. Growing up Amelia learned to be self-reliant. ...more
Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming tackles a topic that has always interested me: what happened to Amelia Earhart? As the subtitle - The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart - foretells, Fleming brilliantly moves back and forth between Amelia's life and the involved search for her and her missing plane.

Fleming starts with a preface about the difficulty of separating facts from fiction concerning Amelia Earhart. Fleming emphasizes the point that Earhart represented the many opportunities becomin
"The fear in Earhart's voice made Leo Bellarts's skin prickle. 'I'm telling you, it sounded as if she would have broken out in a scream ... She was just about ready to break into tears and go into hysterics ... I'll never forget it.'

Seconds turned to minutes. Minutes became an hour. But the sky above Howland Island remained empty.

And in the radio room, Leo Bellarts and the other crew members sat listening to the 'mournful sound of that static.'

Where, they wondered, was Amelia Earhart?"

This exce
Wow. I think a nonfiction book might have a crack at the Newbery this year. I admit that I haven't read all the other early contenders, but this is by far the best thing I've read all year. Fleming's work in this book is masterful, alternating between the suspenseful moments and days following Earhart's planned arrival on Howland Island during the penultimate leg of her flight around the world with Earhart's childhood and life leading up to her disappearance. Like a lot of people, I thought I ha ...more
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Told in alternating chapters about the disappearance and the life of Amelia Earhart, this book keeps the reader interested in all aspects of Earhart's life. 5th through 8th graders will really find this a great book to read, especially if they have a biography reading project. It easily follows the Common Core Standards of reading informational text and analyzing how a key individual is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.
The organization and layout of the text is very helpful. If
The legend of Amelia Earhart seems to grow more and more mysterious with each passing year, and with it the true woman Amelia Earhart was gets lost in translation. In Amelia Lost Candace Fleming examines who the real Amelia Earhart was, and how she came to be seen as one of the most influential, and interesting, women in the past century. Beginning with her childhood and ending with her mysterious disappearance the reader gets a up-close and personal look at the women named Amelia Earhart.

The st
Audience: Intermediate
Genre: Non-fiction (Biography)

Discussion Questions:
Remembering: How big is Howland Island? (Length and Width)
Understanding: In the chapter about Amelia's childhood, Amelia claimed she could see "certain threads...leading me to airplanes." What do you think she meant by that?
Applying:Amelia was good at sports, but she wasn't allowed to play on any of the sports teams at school when she was younger because sports were only for boys. What questions would you ask if you were
When I was growing up my schoolroom classes would routinely learn about the great unsolved mysteries of the world. How they made Stonehenge. What really happened to the people of Roanoke? And why did Amelia Earhart disappear? Various biographies made of the woman for kids sort of allude to this question early in the book, forget about it during the middle section, then do a quickie wrap-up of it at the end. Basically, they take one of the most interesting mysteries in history and render it a dul ...more
This is a 2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Honor book. It's the life of Amelia Earhart - her trials and triumphs. She fought for women's rights and believed anything a man can do so can a woman. The story of her life is quite interesting, but I believe the book to drag on a bit, especially for young children. It's a gender neutral book, but definitely more for older students, 5th grade and up.

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I read anything I could find about Amelia Earhart when I was a child, but the biographies designed for children were understandably sanitized.

This is an easy-to-read though meant-for-adults book that offers a far less sanitized biography as well as more information about the search for her and her missing plane.

It also explains some of the reason why she became so famous and then legendary: Beyond her disappearance, which undoubtedly made her a legend, she and (later) her husband had cultivated
Ann Nekola
Audience: Intermediate
Genre: Non-Fiction Biography
Discussion Questions:

1.Remembering-Name at least three cities that Amelia lived in while growing up.
2.Understanding-Why did Amelia have to have a male copilot on her first trans-Atlantic flight?
3.Applying-How did Amelia change the way women looked at their future prospects.
4.Analyzing-Why do you think Amelia's round the world tour failed?
5.Evaluating-If someone you loved wanted to do something very dangerous like this, would you support them like
Megan Craig
Audience: Intermediate
Genre: Biography
Discussion Questions:

Remembering: State an event that led to Amelia's love of airplanes.
Understanding: Describe what is meant by the title of the chapter "Fame".
Applying: What questions would you ask if Amelia survived the wreckage?
Analyzing: What is the relationship between Amelia and George?
Evaluating: What choice would you have made if you were in Itasca's situation?
Creating: Invent a new scenario to the story in which the coast guard listened to Betty o
Alyssa Ruehl
Personal Reaction
I love the story of Amelia Earhart and find it fascinating, so I loved this biography. Her story is interesting and will help attract the attention of students, because I remember how much her story affected me. She was so accomplished and she was an inspiration.

read aloud to make a curricular connection
This would be a great book to read during a social studies unit especially during the 1910's-1940's. This would be great to introduce with the productions of cars and of air
Katy Kissel
This biography is intended for children between the ages of eight and twelve. It won the Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction in 2012. This book tells the story of the life of Amelia Earhart, as well as the story of her death and the search for her after her plane went down. This book is very well-written, with a gripping beginning that will catch the attention of young readers very quickly. The author switches between the story of Amelia's life and the story of her disappearance in alternating chap ...more
Ahmed Al
Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in her grand mothers house in Kansas. A spirit of adventure seemed to be in the Earhart children with the kids going daily to explore their neighborhood. When the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic reached Toronto, Earhart was engaged in arduous nursing duties including night shifts at the Spadina Military Hospital. She became a patient herself, suffering from pneumonia and maxillary. In Long Beach, on December 28, 1920, Earhart and her father visited an airf ...more
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart is a biography about the famous pilot whose goal was to fly around the world. The text narrates Amelia’s personal and private life from 1897 through 1937. At the same time, the author provides detailed descriptions and personal stories about the days following her disappearance. Candace Fleming does a beautiful job at switching back and forth from these two time periods, and she aids the reader in keeping these narratives separate by util ...more
Ashlyn Ryder
Fleming, C. (2011). Amelia lost: The life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.


This book on the life of Amelia Earhart is quite possibly one of the best ever! The double narrative biography does an extensively wonderful job outlining the courageous and bold life of this much loved woman in history. The author’s style includes both a straightforward account of Amelia’s life paired with recounts of her final flight and the search for her recovery. The
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Fleming, C. (2011). Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart. New York: Random House Children’s Books.

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book (2012)


This informational book discusses the life of Amelia Earhart, while also allowing readers to learn about the events that took place on the day that Amelia’s plane disappeared. Readers will get a look into Amelia’s childhood, as well as the different jobs that Amelia during her life as well. Readers will also get to learn how
Deena Lernor
Amelia Lost is about the story of Amelia Earhart and her journey to fly around the world. The pages alternate between her life story and the search to find her missing plane. Amelia grew up in a rough life and lived with her grandmother before moving with her family to Idaho. Her father developed a drinking habit and Amelia started to show interest in planes. She went off to be a nurses aide and started to watch planes take off during WWI. Ever since the point Amelia fell in love with flying. Am ...more
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I have always been a storyteller. Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale. And I told them all the time. As a preschooler, I told my neighbors all about my three-legged cat named Spot. In kindergarten, I told my classmates about the ghost that lived in my attic. And in first grade I told my teacher, Miss Harbart, all about my family's trip to Paris, France.

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