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Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic    by Robert Burleigh & Wendell Minor order for
Night Flight
by Robert Burleigh
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2011 (2011)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

I am sure you might have heard of me. My name is Amelia Earhart and I love to fly. During the 1920s, I set a number of flying records for speed, altitude, distance and solo flight.

I am proud of all the things I accomplished, but perhaps my most publicized feat was my solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean in 1928. Up to that time I was the first woman and only the second person to ever make that flight in an airplane. This book is the story of that remarkable and dangerous flight.

In this story you will take off with me in my red Vega airplane from a field in Newfoundland. We leave at 7:12 p.m., and 2,020 miles and nearly 15 hours later, we'll land in Northern Ireland.

Along the way we'll have some pretty exciting adventures. We'll fly through a rain storm, the plane's altimeter will break, and we'll have problems with the wings icing. In fact, the wings will get so heavy that it will be hard to control the airplane.

You'll experience with me the loneliness of flying solo and the thrill of finally seeing our destination appear on the horizon. And, after we have landed in a pasture, you will see me at a loss for words when a farmer runs up to the airplane.

I'll smile and say, 'Hi. I've come from America.'

If you are a girl I think you'll like my story because it proves that, as women we can do anything we set our mind to. I firmly believe that, 'You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life, and the procedure, the process, is its own reward.'

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