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It's hard to imagine the risks and dangers Amelia Earhart faced in the early years of aviation each time she piloted a plane. After her first ride in 1920, Amelia "knew I myself had to fly," even though there were few women pilots at that time. In 1921 at the age of twenty-four, she had not only taken flying lessons but also managed to buy her own aircraft. Amelia would go It's hard to imagine the risks and dangers Amelia Earhart faced in the early years of aviation each time she piloted a plane. After her first ride in 1920, Amelia "knew I myself had to fly," even though there were few women pilots at that time. In 1921 at the age of twenty-four, she had not only taken flying lessons but also managed to buy her own aircraft. Amelia would go on to set major aviation records-she was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to cross it twice by air. In 1937, Amelia set out on a flight around the world she believed would be the grand achievement of her aviation career. Three-quarters of the way around the globe, Amelia disappeared in the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, never to be seen again. Although her own story ended too quickly, she inspired women everywhere to reach goals previously undreamed of.


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It's hard to imagine the risks and dangers Amelia Earhart faced in the early years of aviation each time she piloted a plane. After her first ride in 1920, Amelia "knew I myself had to fly," even though there were few women pilots at that time. In 1921 at the age of twenty-four, she had not only taken flying lessons but also managed to buy her own aircraft. Amelia would go It's hard to imagine the risks and dangers Amelia Earhart faced in the early years of aviation each time she piloted a plane. After her first ride in 1920, Amelia "knew I myself had to fly," even though there were few women pilots at that time. In 1921 at the age of twenty-four, she had not only taken flying lessons but also managed to buy her own aircraft. Amelia would go on to set major aviation records-she was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to cross it twice by air. In 1937, Amelia set out on a flight around the world she believed would be the grand achievement of her aviation career. Three-quarters of the way around the globe, Amelia disappeared in the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, never to be seen again. Although her own story ended too quickly, she inspired women everywhere to reach goals previously undreamed of.

30 review for Sterling Biographies®: Amelia Earhart: A Life in Flight

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex Carter

    The day that Mrs. Tom told us we had to read 3 books in 3 months, I was a little concerned because to me it sounded too hard to accomplish. However, when I started reading my biography, it was actually easier than I thought. My biography is about Amelia Earhart, and since I did not know anything about her then I thought this would be a good pick for me. The book really drew me in. I like how she never gives up, even in desperate times when her family had to take precedence over her flying. Amel The day that Mrs. Tom told us we had to read 3 books in 3 months, I was a little concerned because to me it sounded too hard to accomplish. However, when I started reading my biography, it was actually easier than I thought. My biography is about Amelia Earhart, and since I did not know anything about her then I thought this would be a good pick for me. The book really drew me in. I like how she never gives up, even in desperate times when her family had to take precedence over her flying. Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, KS. She was born in grandparents, Alfred and Amelia Otis’s home. Amelia was the first of two daughters born to Amy and Edwin. Her sister, Grace Muriel was born in 1899 in Kansas City. Amy came from a family with money, whereas Edwin did not. Edwin did not manage money well at all, but Amy was determined to make the marriage work. Amelia was very daring and clever as a young girl. She built a roller coaster in her grandparents’ back yard using wood and the tool shed as part of her roller coaster. Her mom, Amy, quickly put that to rest after Amelia greased her boards with lard and went flying past all of the other kids and wrecked. It was at State Fair in 1908 in Iowa that she saw her first airplane. She was unimpressed with airplanes until the Wright Brothers made history with Kitty Hawk. On January 3, 1921, Amelia took her first lessons in flying. In the summer of 1921, Amelia bought her first aircraft. In December of 1921 she obtained her license. From here on out, things with Amelia and her flying just progressed. This book about her life was very interesting. Amelia was able to prove many people wrong about women and what they could do. She went through a lot with her family. Overall, the book was really good. I never thought I would enjoy a book like this one as much as I did. It is sad in the end to know that she was so successful and blessed to do something she loved, and it took her life. It is very sad that her plane went down and millions of dollars spent on the search for her, and she was never found. She was declared dead on January 5, 1939.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    This book would make an excellent read for any student, whether for a report or just an interest in Amelia Earhart.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    3 stars & 3/10 hearts. This was an interesting read, since I didn’t know much about Amelia Earhart. I don’t agree with her in everything, but she was admirable in certain things.

  4. 4 out of 5

    T.H. Waters

    I cannot remember a time in my conscious life when I didn't know who Amelia Earhart was. Up until now, she was just another name muscled in with the rest of the world-conquering crew of pioneers who had blazed a path for their fellow man/woman and, in doing so, have played a large role in the grand design of the world as we know it today. When I saw this book, Amelia Earhart: A Life in Flight, at a garage sale for a quarter, I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about American's First Lady o I cannot remember a time in my conscious life when I didn't know who Amelia Earhart was. Up until now, she was just another name muscled in with the rest of the world-conquering crew of pioneers who had blazed a path for their fellow man/woman and, in doing so, have played a large role in the grand design of the world as we know it today. When I saw this book, Amelia Earhart: A Life in Flight, at a garage sale for a quarter, I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about American's First Lady of Flight. Wow, am I sure glad I did. The tone, level of detail and writing style stay true to the targeted audience, young readers. It's also packed with plenty of fascinating, historical photos. This book is essentially a matter-of-fact account of the woman herself and all that she accomplished in her relatively short life; no dramatizing, no overuse of personal correspondence, no conspiracy theories. The reader is presented with just the facts, objectively. After the first couple pages, I thought I was going to have to plod through it... "Here we go... another glorification of a mediocre mind." Yawn. Boy, was I dead wrong. By the time I was heading into the book's final pages, I was absolutely in love with this amazing woman and, in my incoherent state of staying up well past my bedtime, was rooting for Amelia to successfully complete her worldwide navigation goal by some stoke of historical magic, even though I knew her plane was destined to tragically crash somewhere into the Pacific. Such a loss. Here was a woman who was absolutely beyond courageous, intelligent and driven, but oh so humble about all her many, many record-breaking accomplishments. That is a rare vessel indeed, especially in this age of "celebrity" Snookies. A Life in Flight makes for an easy portal to access this true icon -- it skims the surfaces of who Amelia was just enough to wholly flesh out the entire person but doesn't mire the reader in knee-deep details that not everyone may find intriguing. Instead, it leaves the true new Earhart fans wanting more than just cocktail hour, but that's just fine -- as I see it, that is the exact intent of this book. It is meant as a glimpse, an hors d'oeuvre of sorts, into the life and times of one of American's greatest national treasures. I am anxious to learn more about this loveable and amazing heroine.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    I'm not usually a fan of biographies... I think. Okay fine, I never, ever read them because I always assume they're going to be boring. Let it be noted that I have the tendency to be close minded. That being said, I actually enjoyed reading this book and didn't find it all dull. Maybe because it was written for children. I think that, should I chose to read another biography in the future, I will again pick it from the juvenile section of the library. I read this book with my 9-year-old daughter I'm not usually a fan of biographies... I think. Okay fine, I never, ever read them because I always assume they're going to be boring. Let it be noted that I have the tendency to be close minded. That being said, I actually enjoyed reading this book and didn't find it all dull. Maybe because it was written for children. I think that, should I chose to read another biography in the future, I will again pick it from the juvenile section of the library. I read this book with my 9-year-old daughter, McKenna, to help her prepare for her Wax Museum project for school. She became an instant fan of Amelia Earhart after watching "Night at the Museum 2". I've never known much about Amelia Earhart and found her life story highly interesting. I didn't realize how close she was to completing her final challenge of flying around the world when she disappeared. What a sad tradegy. I was fighting to keep my voice steady so McKenna wouldn't ask me why I was crying like a big lunatic. However, I was surprised that McKenna found this book interesting, since the writing did seem a little advanced at times. But she seemed to understand it well and remembered a lot more facts than I expected her to. And now, the book is read, the project is done, and I am going to go climb into bed. Good book! I might just pick up another biography someday. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Amelia Earhart: A life in flight non-fiction 110 What to say about this book...well how about what to say about Amelia Earhart. She was brilliant smart and probably the bravest woman ever. This book was overall pretty good but not the best. After reading this book it actually made me feel like I can accomplish things. I can make a difference one day. You may think that as a kid your just gonna have a regular life but you can change that. Amelia Earhart rode a plane practically around this whole ear Amelia Earhart: A life in flight non-fiction 110 What to say about this book...well how about what to say about Amelia Earhart. She was brilliant smart and probably the bravest woman ever. This book was overall pretty good but not the best. After reading this book it actually made me feel like I can accomplish things. I can make a difference one day. You may think that as a kid your just gonna have a regular life but you can change that. Amelia Earhart rode a plane practically around this whole earth and I cant get out of bed sometimes! She has been an inspiration to all woman around the world showing that just because your female dosen't mean you cant do something good. Amelia lived with her Grandparents and had a wonderful childhood. Do you think that someday she would meet a handsome guy and fall in love and travel the world in a plane by yourself. Probably not.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    it was really boring but a school requirement so ya

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paige.s

    This about Amelia's life in flight and about her life This about Amelia's life in flight and about her life

  9. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Biographies, for me, are not my favorite, But this one was good!=]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jaimie O'Dell

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carly

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

  13. 4 out of 5

    Enikő

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emiliann

  15. 5 out of 5

    bellatrix

  16. 4 out of 5

    kenna

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  18. 4 out of 5

    Colette

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Harvey

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lorna

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Yancor

  22. 5 out of 5

    Keri

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maya

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gracey Shippy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  27. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ayunda

    A biography about Amelia Earhart. Great. Given for my 12th birthday present.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eric Pierson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Carroll

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