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Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean, a graphic novel written by Sarah Stewart Taylor and illustrated by Ben Towle, tells the story of Amelia Earhart's historic crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1928.

Earhart developed a love of flying at a very young age...and she wasn't about to let any man get in the way of her dreams. What began as a simple joy became something much deeper
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Disney-Hyperion (first published 2010)
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This is an interesting perspective on Amelia Earharts crossing of the atlantic. She comes to the town of Trepassey, Newfoundland to refuel before going across the Atlantic. It's the last place of land before she went. The town is very curious about Amelia and the other pilots trying to make it across the ocean.

A girl writes for the local paper and she admires Amelia. Eventually she gets a little interview and writes up a piece. Amelia is ground for a few weeks. Her co-pilot is drunk, or the
Dov Zeller
This book was so good but was also surprisingly short. It seemed to set itself up like a much longer story, there was a long, beautiful set-up, and then, suddenly, it was over. I often think of the way a book sort of acts as a map of its own country. It is not only the story that entices, but a set of instructions hidden in the text (hidden in plain sight) as to how this artifact will, as a story, work. At least some of the thrill of a novel is the topography it lays out, the fantastical rules ...more
Jennifer B
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, graphic-novel
A really interesting story and book-- I would not usually read a book about Amelia Earhart- not from lack of interest but I just don't read a lot of non-fiction especially historical figures but since this is a graphic novel and I met the artist at the 20`0 HereosCon I read this and am happy I did. Really stunning and unique drawings and since the story focused on just a small part of Amelia's life I thought it was really intriguing. I am tempted to read more about her. ...more
Debra Johnson
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Sarah Stewart Taylor and Ben Towle wrote Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean. Hyperion Books, an imprint of the Disney Book Group, published this book. Eileen Collins, first female pilot of a Space Shuttle, wrote the introduction. The book is a biography of one event in Amelia Earhart’s life and is in the format of a graphic novel. It is a snapshot of the few weeks prior to Amelia’s journey across the Atlantic. Another character in the book is Grace. She is a young, female reporter who is covering ...more
Sharon Medina
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book by Sarah Taylor. The book is a graphic novel of Amelia Earhart which tells the story of Amelia’s crossing of the Atlantic Ocean which happened in 1928. The story is based off of a girl name Grace who lives in Treppassey in Newfoundland Canada. Amelia had made a stop in the small town and the girl Grace was able to interview Amelia regarding her life. Amelia is known to be the first woman to make the journey across the Atlantic Ocean in a plane.

This book does not
Jill Doyle
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a graphic novel illustrating the triumphant voyage of Amelia Earhart in 1928 across the Atlantic Ocean. The book's main character, Grace, is a young aspiring journalist with spunk and urgency to gain knowledge. Grace lived in the small town of Trepassey, Newfoundland. She hand wrote the town newspaper and tacked it on the siding of a town store. Her mother referred to her as "nosey nelly." Grace told her that she was only reporting the news. Grace's world was turned upside down when ...more
M.Q. Barber
This book has three separate elements, all of which are worth reading.

The foreword by Eileen Collins is wonderfully written and inspiring. Even if you usually skip forewords, don't skip this one. It's an elegant nod to the continuity of adventure and exploration. Given the end of NASA's manned shuttle missions, it reads a little bittersweet these days, but it's still inspiring.

The story itself is less about Amelia Earhart specifically than it is about an intrepid girl reporter and Earhart's
I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't know there were other female pilots competing in a race across the Atlantic, but it makes sense. This graphic novel biography gave me chills, especially p. 51. More of my thoughts here:

Also interesting: How much telegrams were like text messages in their abbreviated-ness. Everything old is new again. :)

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity," Amelia said. "You can do anything you
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
This story is set in Halifax and tells the story of Amelia's preparation for her trip across the Atlantic Ocean, through the eyes of a young girl. By putting the story in a youngster's perspective, the history seems more relevant to children. The graphic novel concept makes the story more interesting and easier to read. I also thought it was interesting to use only B/W with blue accents to emphasize the ocean. The author also includes notes and a bibliography - these could be resources for more ...more
Grace, a young Newfoundlander, witnesses Amelia Earhart's historic Atlantic Ocean crossing.

Eileen Collins, NASA astronaut, writes a heartfelt introduction to this graphic novel, crediting Earhart for opening the door for generations of women pilots.

The old-fashioned coloration of this book-- black, white, and Tiffany-blue--celebrates the comic book style of the 1920's and the water that Earhart crossed.

Panel discussions in the back provide historical information about Earhart and her
Jun 14, 2010 added it
Shelves: 2010, j-comics
Very engrossing and a very quick read. Details Earhart's historic flight across the Atlantic. Told from the perspective of a girl named Grace, who is very interested in Earhart's endeavors. Interestingly, since the story is told from Grace's perspective, we only get to experience what happens before the flight, and then we see Grace's jubilation when she learns that Earheart has landed safely on the other side of the Atlantic. There is nothing about the actual flight. I wonder why that is, ...more
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 4 stars
Art: 4 stars

Graphic biography of Amelia Earhart, focusing on her role as first female passenger in a Transatlantic flight, told through the eyes of a girl wanna-be reporter. Though it is interesting to see Amelia's influence on other young females, I would have preferred a little less Grace and more Amelia. I don't feel like I have a strong sense of her personality after reading this book. I do have a better understanding of the events and the time period. Ending is sad, not just
Emilia P
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
nicely drawn, a little too monotonous, a little too much just a Girl Power story. I would like to know more about Amelia Earhart but I didn't learn it here. Also, the all blue inking, I'm not sure I liked it here. The last few panels were pretty amazing. I think the art could have been great if the story was a little stronger.

I didn't realize that this, Houdini, Thoreau and .. one of the James Sturm's are all Center for Cartoon Studies. And that James Sturm founded it. That's pretty cool.
Another selection for my 4th grade biography presentation. I like the way this presents the history, rather then trying to cram everything and every story into the narrative, it frames the basic story into one occasion and shows the determination Earhart faced and some of the obstacles she overcame. It was a quick read, and I think that it does present a different type of biography (which is what I'm aiming to present).
I agree with another reviewer who wrote that this book has too long of a set-up to be so short. I loved the three color art (the bright blue was so striking!), but was missing something when I turned the last page.

I liked the addition of Grace, the young girl reporter who gets to meet Amelia through her persistence & moxie (great word, right?), but would have loved to learn more about Amelia/see more of Amelia, and learn about her path to flying.
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chi-comics
Excellent and highly recommended! Not a biography although there is factual information in the end pages but more a snap shot of her trip across the Atlantic. I love how the personal story unfolds to show how much of an inspiration to girls/women she was. The writing and illustrations are good. Great for everyone 3rd grade and up.
Barbara Balke
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lit-for-ya
My Summary:

This is a historical fiction graphic novel. It is based on fact, but the point of view is a fictitious young girl who dreams of being a journalist. This young girl is interested in Earhart, not only because of her historical flights, but also because she is a woman going after her dreams. The story first takes place in 1928 in a small Newfoundland village which is the takeoff point for Earhart’s flight across the Atlantic. The young girl interviews Earhart here and then follows her
In 1928, Amelia Earhart set off from a tiny town in Newfoundland to attempt to be the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane. Because the plane was too large for her, she was actually just a passenger, but it still make world history. This book chronicles the lead-up to the historic flight, when it took a week of waiting out bad weather and trying to get aloft with so much fuel on board, from the viewpoint of a young Newfoundlander named Grace Goodland, who wants to be a reporter when ...more
Glenda Peterman
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Told from the perspective of a fictional, young girl named Grace, this graphic novel/biography focuses on Amelia Earhart’s famous flight over the Atlantic Ocean in 1928. Grace is an aspiring reporter and looks up to Amelia Earhart’s determination and strong-will. Grace admires that Amelia Earhart wants to break barriers for women. Even though the interaction of Grace and Amelia are fictional, the reader learns about a more personable Amelia. The story discusses actual events such as the ...more
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
It is always nice to read about Amelia Earhart. This graphic-novel makes very easy to read about Amelia's first flight across the Atlantic in 1928. Although this book only talk about that trip, it is underline perfectly Amelia's determination and strenght. Beautiful introduction by Eileen Collins, first female pilot of a Space Shuttle,where she highlight the great achievements of this woman, even " a time when women were expected to be something else..." and recognizes the deep influence ...more
Katie Bruce
Another great book from The Center for Cartoon Studies! The drawings were really great and the panels easy to follow (for an "every once in a while graphic novel reader). I also liked how they only used black and white and blue.

Choosing to focus solely on Earhart's first crossing of the Atlantic worked well. However, I feel like I've been engaging with a lot of media about her recently (like that movie with Hilary Swank? Yeah, I totally just watched that a few months ago), so it is hard for me
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-s-stuff
Interesting introduction to Amelia Earhart, told from the viewpoint of a young girl who is inspired by her. This same girl has aspirations to be a reporter and eagerly follows Amelia Earhart's career in flight. The end of the book is what both I found most interesting -- that is, I liked it and I didn't like it.

**Spoiler alert** ... Amelia Earhart's plane is lost at sea. The story is building and gaining momentum until her plane disappears and the book ends abruptly without explanation, just as
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Likes: Nice graphic novel (simple black, white, and blue pictures which reminded me of the sky and ocean, which was cool) about Amelia Earhart, told from the POV of a young girl who is a budding journalist in Newfoundland and meets Amelia at the start of her first Atlantic crossing. Has a chapter in the back with background info to accompany the panels, as well as some suggested reading. Should appeal to teens, tweens, and older kids who are interested in Amelia and flying in general. Could also ...more
Cassidy Wheeler
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel about Amelia Earhart will leave the reader wanting more, to go up in a plane themselves and accomplish a great feat. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean, and she would have been the first woman to circle the globe, but her plane disappeared into thin air it seems. This story follows a young girl who lives in the town that Amelia started her journey across the Atlantic, and she is also the towns journalist. She is intrigued by Amelia and ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean by Sarah Stewart Taylor & Ben Towle takes place in the year 1928 in the town Trepassey with Amelia Earhart beginning to attempt her first flight around the Atlantic. A young reporter, Grace, encounters her one day while watching her row back from a failed attempt, instantly intrigued she beings to follow the story.

I really enjoyed this book, the art style was lovely and the monotone coloring was refreshing since a good amount of graphic novels I’ve read had
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was very good! It was educational as well as entertaining. I really liked how the main character Gracie was not afraid to be who she was even when everyone else was not as supportive of her choices. The recommended audience for this book would be children in grades second through sixth. This is a story about a strong woman, Amelia Earhart, who sets out achiever her goal no matter what anyone else said. I think that this is a great book for females beause it shows that females ...more
An odd little blend of biography and storytelling as we get the story of Amelia Earhart's first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from the perspective of a young girl living in the town where Earhart's flight is set to take off. As with other graphic novels from the Center for Cartoon Studies (Houdini: The Handcuff King, for example) the art is well executed in three colors: black, white, and blue.
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very interesting juvenile graphic novel biography of Amelia Earhart. Focuses on a very short period of Amelia's life -- her first trip across the atlantic, as a passenger. Yes, folks, in our not so distant history it was a big deal for a woman to RIDE across the Atlantic. Of course, not long before Amelia's time it was big deal for ANYONE to ride or fly across the atlantic. So let's not be too harsh in our judgements. Anyone, it's done its job in that now I want to learn more about Amelia ...more
Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
A beautifully drawn comic that focuses on one short episode in Earhart's life (the obstacles she experienced in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland before her successful transatlantic flight), intertwining her actual experiences with those of a fictional young girl in Harbour Grace who dreams of being a journalist. A quick but engaging read that will spark interest in Earhart's life & accomplishments among older children & younger teens. Historical notes at the end of the book flesh out the ...more
W.H. Beck
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fl-mg
Amelia Earhart is best known for being a pioneering pilot and for her disappearance during her quest to be the first woman to fly around the world. This book tells the story (in comics!) of Amelia's crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 1928. Here we get to see her relentless ambition, tireless will, and love for adventure through the eyes of a little girl with equal spunk.

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Sarah Stewart Taylor grew up on Long Island and was educated at Middlebury College and Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied Irish Literature. She has worked as a bookseller, a nanny, a dog walker, a waitress at a scientific research conference, a literary agent, a reporter, a writing teacher at a college for cartoonists, and now, as a writer of mysteries and adventures. She lives with her ...more