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Book Review: I Am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer

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Brad Meltzer is a best-selling author who has written several novels for adults. Now he has turned his attention to a much younger audience. In this series of biographies for young children, Meltzer writes of what he calls “ordinary people who changed the world.” Meltzer looks at these ordinary heroes when they were children. One of the books is entitled “I am Amelia Earhart.”

Amelia Earhart always felt a sense of adventure. She did not want to play with dolls when she was little, as girls were “supposed” to do back then. As a matter of fact, she and her sister built a roller coaster in the back yard when Amelia was just seven years old. She found out that she liked to go fast, fast enough to fly! Meltzer goes on to talk about Amelia’s growing interest in flying and how hard she worked to achieve her dream of becoming a pilot.

The bold, yet charming, illustrations by Christopher Eliopoulos are colorful and add depth to the story. The illustrations really compliment the text and make the story even more interesting and fun to read. It is a wonderful way to introduce young children to biographies of real people who made a difference. And, because the characters are children, it makes it even easier for little kids to identify with them.

Meltzer hopes that his books about ordinary people who changed the world will encourage children to dream and realize their goals. It is easy to identify with the people he writes about as young children and I think both children and parents will be charmed and inspired by his books.

Other books in this series by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos include "I am Abraham Lincoln" and "I am Rosa Parks." They are published by Dial Books for Young Readers. Indeed all of these books in this series would be a welcome addition to any home library.