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I Am Amelia Earhart

(Ordinary People Change the World)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  1,078 ratings  ·  199 reviews
We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this lively, collectible picture book biography series from New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer.
�Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,” Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography �for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the stor
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Dial Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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David Schaafsma
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done."--Amelia Earhart

I've always been fascinated by Amelia Earhart, and know I'm not alone. Goodreads has 21 books on an Amelia kid list, and I have read some of them. Seltzer has done several bios for kids, and this is pretty good, simple, with photos in an appendix.


*Famous pilot Frank Hawks took her on his plane, and she was hooked
*First woman to fly the Atlantic
*First woman to fly it solo, in fourteen hours and fifty six minutes
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
"Never let anyone stop you. Whatever your dream is, chase it. Work hard for it. You will find it. It is the best lesson I can give."

Amelia Earhart is proof if you work hard, never give up, follow your dream, and don't let what others say you can't do hold you back, that YOU CAN DO ANYTHING! Amelia wasn't only the first women to fly over the Atlantic Ocean, during that same missing she also broke the record for crossing the ocean in the shortest amount of time. She also went on to break the women
Katie Cipully
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm-335
This book is a biography about Amelia Earhart written by Brad Meltzer. It is one of many books in the "I Am..: series. This book is a cute and fun way for kids to learn true and real facts about the lives of some very impact people throughout history. Even though this book is portrayed in a cartoonist and kid friendly way I would still use this book in upper elementary grades (3-5) due to the content it contains.

I would use this book in my classroom as an introduction to a larger lesson. One of
Bailey Jones
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
I really loved reading this biography! It tells the story of Amelia Earhart's accomplishments in her life, while providing inspiration to fulfill your wildest dreams! This book goes through her life from a young child having a dream to fly, to being the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean!

This is a WOW book for me because I have always taken interest in Amelia Earhart since I was young and learned about how amazing she was. I had never read this specific book before, but after doing so I th
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is one book that I picked out for my class from the library and boy, did I do good - THEY LOVED IT! In the three weeks I had it from the library we read it so many times. Those five year olds definitely know their Amelia Earhart now. The comic-y type look of the book I think helped make it abnormally appealing to the pre-K-ers. It can be tough to find good educational books for the kids that they really get into. Glad this book is out there.
Emily Lloyd
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the Ordinary People Change the World series, Brad Meltzer has done it again. This amazing series is captivating and engaging for even the youngest of readers. This biography details Amelia Earhart's life and all of her achievements in a motivating and kid friendly way, with great illustrations that complement the book wonderfully. The book reminds you that it is okay to be yourself, and that woman don't always have to act like a stereotypical lady. She reminds students that in order to succ ...more
Emerson and Theodore
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Solid 5 star inspirational book. Read with my 7 year old--Emerson loved the message. Book strikes a great combination of historical images with cartoon Drawings. Perfect.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-s-books
This ends with Amelia Earhart enjoying a ticker tape parade toasting her success. So. Take it with a grain of salt, is all I'm saying.
Jack Erin
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is About How Amelia Earhart Lurn to Fly,what she did and whare she Flew.
I am Amelia Earhart is one of the books in the Ordinary People Change the World series for children by New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos. In this adorable picture book, the reader is introduced to the incomparable Amelia Earhart, best known for being the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. But that wasn't the only record she set - in fact, she set many more including crossing the Atlantic in the shortest time and breaking the re ...more
Kristina Wise
I Am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change the World) is a book written by Brad Meltzer. I Am Amelia Earhart is a biography written on the first woman to fly an air place across the Atlantic Ocean and the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean. Determined to fly planes at such a young age, Amelia Earhart is an example of how a woman should go after her dreams and not settle. Our young girls today, need to be taught that they can be whatever they want to be and do whatever their hear ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great introduction into the world of biographies for little readers. The story of Amelia Earhart is really done well. The story captures the readers attention and it incorporates a history lesson as well. I learned some thing about her myself by reading this book. The positive element about this book is encouraging kids to dream big. Mr. Meltzer has crafted a fun new way of looking at history. Well done.
Marisa Taddei
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book Title: I Am Amelia Earhart
Author: Brad Meltzer
Illustrator: Christopher Eliopoulos
Genre: Biography (K-2)
Theme(s): Amelia Earhart, Airplanes, Gender roles

Opening line/sentence: “I am Amelia Earhart.”

Brief Book Summary: This kid-friendly biography tells the story of famous Amelia Earhart and her adventures with flight. The book points out Earhart’s defiance of gender roles given the time period, and the notion that we can all be heroes. This is one of Brad Meltzer’s books from the “Ordinary pe
I have to say that the cartoon Amelia's cries of, "That was awesome!" made me laugh out loud, especially the excited look on her face. This is a story of pursuing one's dreams despite the doubts of others. The book does not go into her disappearance or some of the other things that happened in her life which is appropriate for the age group this is aimed at. The inclusion of photographs at the end of the book makes the story all the more realistic.
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book and another one (I am Albert Einstein) in the "Ordinary People Change the World" series and loved them both. The illustrations are cute, the descriptions of each role model's accomplishments are kid-friendly, and the messages about embracing curiosity and persisting in the face of critics and challenges are fantastic. I will have to collect the rest of the series!
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
overall I liked the book I am Amelia Earheart. I like the book because it gave you a ton of great information. The information filled in her hole life providing you really cool information.
Nathan Albright
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: challenge-2018
This book, and likely the entire series (which I will be reviewing over the next few weeks, as I requested all of the books in the series that my library system had), forces the reader to face the question of how much truth should kids know about those viewed as historical heroes.  As far as historical heroes go, Amelia Earhart has always struck me as someone whose claim to lasting fame was a bit overrated.  This book openly admits that she wasn't the best pilot, but it gives a strangely selecti ...more
Amanda Knowles
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer is a picture book that takes the reader on a journey through the inspiring life of Amelia Earhart. We meet Amelia at a young age, as a young girl who was eager to try new things, no matter who tried to stop her. This refusal to say no is a factor in what got her to the point of breaking world flying records and proving that if you hold onto your dreams and work hard, you can be successful.

Review: I loved everything about this picture book. It is to
Lauren Ellington
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Grade: 3rd-5th
Genre: Informational Text

I am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer encompasses the most important aspects of Amelia Earhart's life in kid-friendly language and intriguing illustrations. This book retraces Earhart's life and highlights her most important accomplishments and failures that made her the iconic hero that we read about today. This book encourages children to stick with their dreams no matter the setbacks and always persevere despite what others say.

I am Amelia Earhart is a WOW
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: life-stories
Awards received?

Appropriate Grade level?

Original Summary:
Amelia Earhart is a wonderful role model for young women. Her story of becoming a pilot and fulfilling her dreams no matter the barrier is an inspiration. Earhart's story is empowering and encourages everyone that if they want something, they should chase after it, break down all barriers, and fulfill your dream.

Original Review:
Captivating read for individuals of all ages. Meltzer created a book that had a wonderful balance between
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am Amelia Earhart is a biography about non other than Amelia Earhart. Amelia is such an inspiration for young girls, which makes this a great book for children in their early childhood years. If the young reader cannot yet read, its a greta book to be read to them. The book talks about Amelia on her journey to her first flight. The book talks of Amelia as a child and shows how she built a rollercoaster and loved the feeling of flying, and knew that it would not be her last. It doesn't give the ...more
Rachel Baxter
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
A) The genre of this book is nonfiction. The book did not win any awards but Amelia herself won the first award for being a girl and flying across the ocean. Age intended for this book is about at least 6 years old.
B) The book is about young girl named Amelia Earhart, before she became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. As a child, Amelia Earhart built a makeshift roller coaster in her backyard, using planks of wood and a wooden crate. She crashed. It was loud. It wa
Amber Bronder
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
(class 5 biography)
I Am Amelia Earhart, written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos, is a children's biographical take on the life of Amelia Earhart, from a child's point of view. It is written from the perspective of Amelia as a child, and stays that way for the entire story. It starts off as Amelia discusses that she has always followed her own passions, even when everyone around her told her she needed to be "lady like" instead. As a child, Amelia built a "rollercoaster"
Heather Fonseca
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Buckle up your seatbelts, it's time to take a ride into history! A young girl named Marcie takes a journey back in time, as a talking bus explains the historical events that occured during the time of the Civil Rights movement. Marcie learns about an African American girl, just like her, who rode the bus during a time of segregation. The historical figure was named Rosa Parks. Marcie learns abouther the fateful day when Rosa Parks stands up for her rights by refusing to give up her seat to a whi ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perhaps what happened to American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart is less important as to what she accomplished before being declared dead in absentia in 1939 at the age of 41. In this entry to the cute children series Ordinary People Change the World, author Brad Meltzer encourages readers to strive, dream big, and aim for the skies as Earhart did, portraying her as a brilliant woman who would not take a patriarchal no for an answer. From being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic to brea ...more
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The illustrations are similar to those of a comic book and are fun cartoons for elementary students to follow. The details depict the story and time very well.

Summary: Amelia Earhart refused to accept no for an answer and became the first woman to fly a plane all the way across the Atlantic Ocean. This book follows her from childhood to her first flying lessons and onward to her multi-record-breaking career as a pilot.

Response: The theme that "ordinary people change the world" is inspiring and l
Jesus Carino
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Meltzer, Brad. I am Amelia Earhart (2014). This book is about the story of Amelia Earhart. Ever since she was a little girl she has always wanted to fly. Her parents wanted her to be more lady like, but all Amelia wanted to do is be adventurous and fly. As she got older she had various jobs such as a truck driver, photographer. She saved all her money and eventually bought her own plane. She learned and became the first women to cross the Atlantic Ocean by herself. Beating many records over time ...more
Matthew Watrous
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
It is no simple task to create a biographical picture book. Focusing on a single theme of a person's life and then making it come into focus with just a few words and illustrations is difficult. This book tackles the task and fails in one small area, Amelia's interest in airplanes came when she was an adult. However, in this book, the illustrations of a whimsical young girl, seem to indicate that she had this love affair her whole life. What is true is that she never gave up even when people sai ...more
Mikhaila Ackerbauer
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: life
Awards the book has received (if any):

Appropriate grade level(s): 1st-3rd

Original 3-line summary: This book goes over Amelia Earhart's life as an aspiring pilot. From the beginning, Amelia has wanted to fly. The book takes the reader through the life of a woman daring to do the unexpected and how she does everything she dreamed and more.

Original 3-line review: This book was a sweet read because it talked about a real person's determination to achieve a goal. Amelia Earhart was a trailblazer in
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
This story starts out with Amelia Earhart as a young girl. It talks about her interest in adventures from a young age and how she didn't listen to people telling her she could not do things. It follows her life growing up and highlights all her major accomplishments. I liked this story a lot. Even when Amelia was an adult they showed her as a child because they said she was still a child at heart. I like how the illustrations are colorful and entertaining. I also enjoy the back of the book timel ...more
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book, The Escape Artist, debuted at #1 on the bestseller list.
In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller lis

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