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Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  5,635 ratings  ·  644 reviews
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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May 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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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Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-booktalks
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.
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
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gave it five stars because I think Amelia Earhart is just so interesting. Finished it yesterday and then I see on the news they have new evidence of what happened to her. (Captured by the Japanese?! 😱😥). She was a true hero, a true feminist, independent thinker, and savvy business woman. After taking my kids to D.C. and seeing her goggles, her coat, and one of her planes I had to read about her again even though I had read things in the past. Going to share this one with Caroline when she is a l ...more
Summer Cull
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Chelsea Couillard-Smith
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Justine Ridder
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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Courtney Umlauf
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maybe I just haven't found them, but I wish there were more non-fiction books like this one out there for middle grade readers. Fleming tells the story of Earhart in a way that's mature but not intimidating; there are plenty of pictures and lots of information in this slim book. Jumping back and forth between her biography and snap shots of the hours and days spent trying to find her adds a nice bit of tension. Kids reading confidently at around a 6th or 7th grade level shouldn't have any troubl ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-reading
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Dasha K.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is a biography about the famous Amelia Earhart. It tells of her life, her young years until her death .This book has great add- ons, such as small articles about a topic that is shown in the book. It has many quotes, and opinions of people about Amelia. This book shows secrets that Amelia kept, such as that her hair isn’t naturally curly or that the first plane she saw, was at a fairground.
I would recommend this book to those who are fans of Amelia or who are searching for clues abou
Megan Craig
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
Candace Fleming moves readers back and forth between Amelia's life (from childhood up until her last flight) and the search for her and her missing plane. This story is awesome because it has great photos, maps, and handwritten notes from Amelia herself—plus informative sidebars explaining everything from the history of flight to what Amelia liked to eat while flying (tomato soup) this biography would be great for middle school. I would probably present it in a small group book club.
Ms. Bell
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Award List:2012 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children Honor Book
Audience:Ages 8-11, anyone interested Amelia Earhart, history and biography lovers, airplane enthusiast, girls interested in historical women's figures.
Appeal:Packs in a lot of information but organized not to overwhelm. Clear, crisp pictures, well organized information, good bibliography for additional research as well as picture credits!
Edward Sullivan
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another wonderful biography from Ms. Fleming, who always manages to bring her subjects vividly to life. I particularly appreciated the preface in which she discusses the challenges of sorting out facts from a life that has become so shrouded in myth, especially when Amelia Earhart herself played a big role in the myth-making.
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