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Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

by Pam Muñoz Ryan Illustrated by Brian Selznick

Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt were birds of a feather. Not only were they two of the most admired and respected women of all time, they were also good friends. Illuminated here for the first time in picture book form is the true story of a thrilling night when they made history together.

On a brisk and cloudless evening in April 1933, Amelia and Eleanor did the unprecedented: They stole away from a White House dinner, commandeered an Eastern Air Transport plane, and took off on a glorious adventure, while still dressed in their glamorous evening gowns!

This picture book tour de force celebrates the pioneering spirit of two friends whose passion for life gave them the courage to defy convention in the name of fulfillment, conviction, and fun. Soaring text, inspired by the known facts of this event, and breathtaking drawings ask readers to dream dreams as big as Amelia's and Eleanor's.

4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Historical Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Pam Muñoz Ryan Pam Muñoz Ryan is the author of the Newbery Honor winner, "Echo." She has written more than thirty acclaimed books for young readers.
Contributor Image Alt Tag Brian Selznick Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and the New York Times-Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan. In 2008 he won the Caldecott Medal for the groundbreaking title, The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

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