Recently you may have heard in the news that a piece of Amelia Earhart’s plane has been identified. It was actually found in 1991, but they have now confirmed that it was from her plane. There are plans to revisit the site in the Pacific where it was found to do a more thorough search for the plane in 2015.
The timing of this news is astounding for me considering what our book club read for this month, Amelia Lost! by Candace Fleming. This book is written for ages 8-12, and it was a good read. It didn’t take long to get through, and it was easy to follow and comprehend. The story switched back and forth from news of her disappearance and the aftermath, and her life story. There were great pictures and several sidebar pieces to read that provided further information over a particular incident or historical insight.
I didn’t know much of anything about Amelia before, other than she was born in my home state and was a famous aviatrix. I had always assumed she was one of the first women to fly, but I learned that there were many women before her, and some younger than her, breaking through in that arena. Flight itself was relatively young anyway.
It drove me mad to learn about all the people who were able to pick up signals from her after she went down. It seems like people thousands of miles away could hear her, but not those closest and able to help. It was maddening!
Her image was carefully cultivated and groomed. She took care of how she was perceived, and she had excellent help in the form of her publicist husband. I think Fleming left out some of the more juicy bits because it was a book for younger readers…I’d be interested in reading an adult version.