Reading Essay

amanda wharry

description of the book

Who is the author? : Tanya Lee Stone

When is the publishing date? : January 15, 2007

Who is the intended audience? : People who like biographies about past time heroes or famous people.

How is the text organized? : Chronological and cause and effect

Are there any biases (beliefs or opinions) the author has toward this person? How do you know? : The opinions are made by Amelia, her family, and friends. Because there was evidence of when the family and friends of Amelia’s had thoughts about if she should go fly across the Atlantic or other big flight paths/ routes.

Ten Major Events

Event 1- July 24, 1897 Amelia Earhart is born in Atchison, Kansas.

Event 2- Amelia begins at the Ogontz School.

Event 3- February 1918 Amelia becomes a nurse’s aid at Spadina Military Hospital in Toronto.

Event 4- January 3, 1921 Neta Snook gives Amelia her first flying lessons.

Event 5- October 1922 Amelia sets an altitude record for women at 14,000 feet.

Event 6- May 16, 1923 Amelia receives her pilots license.

Event 7- June 3, 1928 Amelia and crew take off on the Friendship flight across Atlantic.

Event 8- September 1928 Amelia publishes “20 hr., 40 Min.”

Event 9- July 1929 Amelia is hired by Transcontinental Air Transport.

Event 10- May 21, 1932 Amelia becomes the first woman to make a solo transatlantic flight. Event 11- 1932 Amelia publishes The Fun of It.

Event 12-


Amelia Earhart was pretty much nobody and was stuck in a family with huge family problems until, she went to an airshow and then she really decide she had a love for flying. She then started studying planes. Soon enough she wanted to have lessons to learn to fly. Her family believed it was way too expensive and so she said she would have them paid off. She started working many jobs just to make sure she would be able to get lessons. She was so sure she wanted to get flying lessons. She then made enough money to pay off her family that paid for lessons. She started taking the lessons, slowly she eased into flying it with Neta in the plane with her.

Then one day Neta wanted to let Amelia fly solo in this lesson, Amelia replayed by saying she simply wasn’t ready yet. Of course, Neta accepted the fact that all new flyers had to be nervous and so she decided to ease Amelia into it slowly but surely. Neta did ease Amelia into it slowly. Amelia then became an amazing flyer and soon was flying solo all the time. From time to time she has passengers with her which they would be her friends or family but she was very happy with her accomplishments and so were her friends and family. She then completed the flight over the Atlantic with a friend on board. The next time she flew over the Atlantic, it was solo. She was very famous at this point now. She took her popularity into consideration and had fun with it. Later on in her life she flew on another big route that had not been flew over. This flight was going to be her last flight.

Character Traits

Amelia was inspirational, determined, and last but not least she was courageous. Amelia was inspirational because she was the first woman to fly a plane. After her accomplishment, women everywhere looked up to her as a hero. After she showed women could fly, people were inspired to become pilots just like her, and they did in America to gain more freedom.

Amelia was courageous for her love of flying, and for exploring new things. She was the first woman to be offered the opportunity to fly a plane over the Atlantic and she accepted the offer, she didn't back down and decline it like most women would. She went out into public and demanded that women could fly; and she did something she wanted to do, she did something to prove a point to the world. Amelia then showed that she wasn't afraid to compete against men, she showed the world she was just as good as men and even better at flying then men. Amelia knew no woman had ever flown a plane and she showed people she could and she wasn't afraid.

Lastly, Amelia was determined. Amelia is known for her dedication to flying and her final flight. The last flight she ever took was when she attempted to fly around the world. She knew that no one had ever succeeded at it, but she just figured she should be the first. She disappeared during her trip, never to be heard from again. That single attempt made her a role model for young girls for the next years to come or even now. There is a huge example for this one, there are so many lady pilots and so many ladies that work as hard as men at jobs that could be jobs for the men.

how did her events in her early life effect her in her later life?

What lead to her love of flying, was when she went to the air show for the first time. The types of planes and the planes abilities got more and more high tech and easier to manually control. When she decided to go further into her flying career, she became more at heart about it. She then got bigger and fancier planes later on in life. “Through the Purdue Research Foundation, the university helped Amelia buy a Lockheed Electra, outfitted with the state-of-the-art equipment needed for such undertaking.

Three people who influenced amelia

Frank Hawks, he gave her a ride that changed her life forever. "By the time I had got two or three hundred feet off the ground, I knew I had to fly."

The second-hand Kinner Airster was a two-seater plane painted bright yellow—she named it "The Canary" and used it to set her first women's record by going to an altitude of 14,000 feet. Her plane was one of the many of people who influenced her.

George Putnam, he entered her life, too. The two developed a friendship during preparation for the Atlantic crossing and were married February 7th, 1931. They worked on their plans for Amelia to become the first woman to fly solo the Atlantic


"After midnight, the moon set, and I was alone with the stars. I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, and I need no other flight to convince me that the reason flyers fly, whether they know it or not, is the aesthetic appeal of flying. Anticipation, I suppose, sometimes exceeds realization. Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price."

This quote shows that Amelia loved flying. It shows that she thought flying was the most beautiful thing in the world. It shows her personality the most.

Did I Like The Book Or Not?

Yes, i did like this book! My first reason for liking this book would have to be because of how Amelia stood up for women and proved her point that women can do things just as good as men can. Now a days women have jobs that men also have. They share the same jobs, men and women all work together. They aren't working separately or independently. I also like this book because it was a true story. It didn't lie or just add things to the story. It had the truth embedded into it. The story of Amelia Earhart was a biography and it gave me more knowledge. I didn't know that much about Amelia other than i knew she was the first woman or even the first person to fly over the Atlantic. Lastly, the third reason why i liked this book so much is because it has emotion. It shows Amelia, Her friends, and family's emotions.
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