Cover image for Amelia Earhart free in the skies
Amelia Earhart free in the skies
Burleigh, Robert.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Orlando, Fla. : Silver Whistle Harcourt, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
An illustrated biography of the world-famous woman pilot known for her long and daring flights.
Reading Level:
660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.9 0.5 68977.
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TL540.E3 B873 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
TL540.E3 B873 2003 Juvenile Graphic Novel Graphic Novels
TL540.E3 B873 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
TL540.E3 B873 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Graphic Novels
TL540.E3 B873 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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At the age of twenty-three, Amelia Earhart began her lifelong love affair with aviation. The details of her tragic final flight are well known, but this bold portrait instead focuses on the heroine's dynamic life. The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, Earhart was an irrepressible adventurer and accomplished pilot as well as a fierce advocate for women.
Inspiring, colorful, and full of exciting details, Robert Burleigh and Bill Wylie's new collaboration shows Amelia Earhart as she's never before been portrayed.

Author Notes

ROBERT BURLEIGH is the author of many books for children, including Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh , which received the Orbus Pictus Award. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
BILL WYLIE illustrated for Marvel Comics for many years before turning to graphic novels for children. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. In this volume in the American Heroes series, the pioneer aviator is treated to a biography in full-color comic-book format. Earhart's determination to do more than serve as a feminine figurehead by taking control of a record-breaking flight comes through clearly, although the brevity and format of the book preclude extensive details. Readers will, however, get a glimpse of Earhart's daredevil nature, her acquaintance with and subsequent marriage to G. P. Putnam, and her 14-hour solo flight from North America to Britain, depicted handily in flashbacks. A postscript makes note of her mysterious disappearance. Children will need additional sources to gain a full understanding of both Earhart's place in women's history and her personal development; however, this is a pleasing anecdotal glance at a legendary figure, accomplished with colors, visual panache, and a comic-book panel arrangement, all well-suited to the story. A ready companion to Into the Air (2002), about the Wright Brothers, by the same author and artist. --Francisca Goldsmith Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-6-This biography of the pioneering aviator is presented in a full-color, comic-book format. Earhart's quest for adventure and her determination not to become simply an icon for the feminist movement led her to pilot a record-breaking solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Though the format does not allow for extensive details, readers will get a sense of the woman's determined nature and early life. Because much is unknown about Earhart's tragic final flight, it merits only a postscript here. The focus instead is on providing glimpses of her life from childhood (portrayed in black-and-white flashbacks) through the solo flight. Though heavy on fictionalizing, the colorful, high-interest format is appealing, especially for reluctant readers. Paired with Into the Air (Harcourt, 2002), a biography of the Wright brothers by the same author and illustrator, it adds an interesting dimension to the study of aviation.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.