AMELIA & ME
After reading about Amelia Earhart in her friend's scrapbook, twelve-year-old Ginny Ross decides to become a pilot. It's 1932 and luckily, the airstrip in her hometown of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, is a popular launching point for intrepid aviators setting out on transatlantic flights. But how will Ginny's dream take flight when her mother—and society in general—so fiercely believes a woman's place is in the home? At the height of the Great Depression, the Ross family certainly can't spare any money for flying lessons, and Ginny will need a mentor if she is ever going to make it out of Harbour Grace.
With the support of her beloved Papa, kind Uncle Harry, and resourceful Aunt Rose, Ginny takes matters into her own hands. When Amelia Earhart herself shows up in Harbour Grace for her first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, Ginny notices the townspeople's' looks of shock and disgust are slowly turning to looks of admiration and respect. Maybe they will soon understand Ginny's dream, and maybe Amelia Earhart is the woman to help convince them.
Based on the real girlhood of author Heather Stemp's Aunt Ginny, Amelia and Me is a big-hearted story of determination, grit, and adventure. Readers will love the archival photos of Amelia Earhart and her plane, along with the interesting historical details skillfully weaved throughout the book.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING...
Finalist for the Red Cedar Book Award
Best Books for Kids and Teens 2014 Selection
"The historical details, the architecture of the town, the daily cuisine (toast with blueberry jam, baked cod and winter vegetables), the currency in pounds, the encounter with a young union organizer named Smallwood on the passenger train, all make for a rich, solid background. And Ginny makes a great protagonist, full of grit. She brings gumption and momentum to the narrative." -- St.John's The Telegram
"Stemp’s frank and unsentimental portraits of hardship and forbearance ring especially true. It would be hard for them not to as Stemp has based the town and characters on her own life. And there are photos to prove it!
This novel for young adults had this not-so-young adult reader captivated with the landscape of Newfoundland, the history of aviation and travel, and the characters of Ginny and her friends from beginning to end." -- Edwards Book Club
"[Amelia and Me] is appealing because of the historical and regional setting (Great Depression in Newfoundland), the photos of some of the principal characters and locations, and the colourful cast of characters, including the iconic aviator, Amelia Earhart." -- University Of Manitoba: Canadian Review of Materials
"Her description of life in Harbour Grace in the 1930’s rings true in every detail. Her protagonist is charming, warts and all, and we are inspired by her stubborn determination to fly in our dreams." -- Resource Links
"Based on the girlhood experiences of the author’s aunt, this charming historical novel gives girls a spirited and likeable heroine." -- Canadian Children's Book News