Monday, July 9, 2012

Amelia Lost

What exactly happened to Amelia Earhart?  It's one of the great mysteries.  With the latest search for Amelia underway I thought now would be a good time to study Amelia with my oldest daughter.  We read Amelia Lost together.(it is recommended for ages 8-12) Please read it!  It's a fabulous book.

Here is a little snippet from the book:

"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?"

From an Amazon Review:

When some of us think of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, we think of that eerie moment when she was there one moment and gone the next. In truth, it wasn't like that. In fact, it was a lot more interesting. In alternating chapters author Candace Fleming jumps back and forth between Amelia's biographical details and the many people who heard Amelia's cries for rescue (in vain). There was the fifteen-year-old in Florida who heard "This is Amelia Earhart" issuing from her radio. The sixteen-year-old boy in Wyoming who heard it too. There was the housewife in Texas trying to find an overseas radio program. All these near calls are contrasted with Fleming's many little-known Earhart facts. Amelia never really flew her "first flight". She was given identical poses to Charles Lindberg in her publicity shots due to her likeness to the fellow pilot. Her father encouraged her, but also near ruined his family with his alcoholism. And maybe most significant of all, Amelia blew off her instruction in learning how to operate her radio . . . a choice that undoubtedly led to her death. With a director's grace, Fleming draws the two storylines together in the end, leaving us with little doubt as to Ms. Earhart's eventual fate. A Bibliography and Source Notes appear at the end.


Rach said...

Adding this to the TBR (when Lil's a bit older) pile!

GardenofDaisies said...

If you ever have a chance to come up north a bit, her childhood home in Atchison is really lovely.

DearHelenHartman said...

I LOVE hearing about Amelia Earhart - what a great learning tool for kids.