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About the Author

Brad Meltzer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of adult thrillers (including The Inner Circle and its recent sequel, The Fifth Assassin). His two nonfiction gift books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter were New York Times Bestsellers as well, and he has won the prestigious Eisner Award for his comic book work, Justice League of America. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show Brad Meltzer's Decoded.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Ordinary People Change World
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; First Edition/First Printing edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803740824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803740822
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, and The Book of Lies. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestsellers, Heroes For My Son and Heroes For My Daughter, collecting heroes from Jim Henson, to Rosa Parks, to Mr. Rogers. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show, Brad Meltzer's Decoded -- one of the co-creators of the TV show, "Jack & Bobby" -- and is the #1 selling author of the critically-acclaimed comic books, Identity Crisis and Justice League of America, for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. His newest book, The Fifth Assassin, will be published in January 2013.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. You can find him regularly on facebook.com/bradmeltzer or at bradmeltzer.com.

For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of former Presidents Clinton and Bush. He was selected by the Department of Homeland Security to brainstorm different ways that terrorists can attack the US. The Inner Circle is about a young archivist in the National Archives who finds out that George Washington's secret spy ring still exists to this very day.

His books have spent nearly a year on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig." In the Hebrew translation, it became: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse." We're not sure if it's a kosher thing or what.

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. He also co-wrote the oath that the President of the United States gives to all AmeriCorps members. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason B. Barrish on January 14, 2014
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My daughter's enjoyed this book and understood the message of working hard and pursuing their dreams. Highly recommended for kids.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sean on January 14, 2014
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My daughter loved. It was well done with a fresh take on a story we heard before, but not in a way that it held a five year olds attention. I am sure I will have it memorized in the next couple of weeks.
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“I am Amelia Earhart” is another book in Ordinary People Change World series, the educational books written for preschool children by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos.

This book speaks about Amelia Earhart, a first female pilot who flew across the Atlantic Ocean, allowing children to find out more information about this person who realized her dreams and entered the world history.

As was the case in the book about Lincoln, on its pages author presented the most important events of her life, from childhood to her first flying days until the moment due to which she will forever be remembered as a pilot.

With his work the author sends beautiful message about pursuing our dreams, about not recognizing the boundaries imposed by others, but instead always trying to go further and do more…

Therefore together with other titles from this well-made series, “I am Amelia Earhart” is an educating and inspiring book that could be recommended for preschool children - besides learning some history facts, even more important children will be taught how to fight for their dreams and not abandon them no matter how impossible they may seem.

Together with Meltzer’s educational and inspiring text, Eliopoulos’s illustrations are colorful, well-made and full of imagination which additionally makes this children book that deals with the history in the different way a great read for learning and entertainment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melody A. Atwood on January 19, 2014
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I have been waiting for quite some time and it was well worth the wait. Amelia Earhart was a member of Zonta International and this month, her life is being honored. This book will be read in honor of Ms. Earhart to my Zonta Club. Brad Meltzer is a wonderful writer and he wrote another best seller. This book is for women of all ages. Thank you Mr. Meltzer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn S. Reeb on February 28, 2014
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I sat with my 8 year old grand daughter and she read the book to me. We both loved it, and we learned a lot. It gave us an opportunity to talk about not being afraid to follow your dreams. The pictures are well done, and the writing style is excellent. I recommend the whole series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcie on May 3, 2014
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Brad Meltzer is a new-to-me author. He's written many thrillers and a few children's books. I am grateful to have discovered him. I Am Amelia Earhart is a delightful book about, you guessed it, Amelia Earhart. The book features some fantastic artwork by Christopher Eliopoulos. Meltzer and Eliopoulos make a terrific team.

I Am Amelia Earhart is written for young readers. It takes the reader through Amelia's childhood as she develops her love for flying. Her success and failures are noted. I love at the end they've included photographs of Amelia. I only wish they would have included links or resources where kids could find out more information about Amelia.

This book is charming. I think kids will definitely enjoy it. Amelia Earhart is a hero that kids can look up to!
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By Amazon Customer on July 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am Amelia Earhart: Brad Meltzer

Amelia Earhart was a daredevil from the moment she could walk. Wearing dresses and acting all girly was not her thing. In her memory Brad Meltzer has written this outstanding tribute to this amazing aviator. Amelia Earhart did things that would stupefy, mystify and enrage of grandmother. Imagine at seven creating and building her your own roller coaster in your back year. See what she constructed as illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos brings the roller coaster to life in living color. But, not everyone thought this was a great idea. Her brother questioned what she was doing and even more was this thing going to be safe? Okay: so she was going to ride this thing even though it was built and housed at the top of her small shed in her backyard. Get ready to see Amelia take her first flight. She was flying but wait until you hear what her grandmother says after the crash landing! But, this was just the beginning for our famous pilot. When she was older she frequented air shows and she managed at the age of 23 she met Frank Hawks, the man who would establish his own flight records to take her up for ten dollars on her first flight. Imagine the excitement! Join her on the flight as she takes off within the pages of this book.

Amelia was determined to become a pilot even if saving for lessons meant driving a truck, working as a stenographer and even a photographer. Six months later she bought her first plane! She named is Canary. How cool is that! A woman instructor would lead the way in helping and teaching Amelia how to fly. Amelia shares a special secret about her ability to be a pilot. Never giving up and always working hard were her trademarks.
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First let me start by saying I am a huge fan of Brad Meltzer's work, and love the concept behind the Ordinary People Change the World book series. Though that being said I think the true genius behind this series is the stunning illustrations done by Christopher Eliopoulos. I have read I am Abraham Lincoln to my children about 30 times, and it never gets old. However, I am Amelia Earhart seems to be a bit of a miss, only in the sense that my children haven't connected with it (for reference I have a 5 year old daughter, and 3 year old son). The illustrations are cute, and the concept is sound, but the theme is never strong enough to give a satisfying beginning middle and end. There is no real conflict resolution, no true obstacle. My daughter loves the art work, but can't enjoy the book as a story. Therefore its been collecting dust for several months now.

I have all the books from this series, and this is the one I have read the least. It is by no means bad though, and so much better than other books that are out there. I honestly feel that it is worth it to buy this book to support such high quality books with such charming illustrations. And despite the lack of a strong story, the book did educate my children by giving them a general overview of Amelia's life (my children were able to identify Amelia Earhart from a picture in another children's book called Violet the Pilot, so I guess my kids got something out of it). Still I felt the need to supplement the book with additional information about discrimination, and why she was so highly regarded when there were other women pilots back in the day.
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