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When Amelia Earhart Built a Roller Coaster
When Amelia Earhart Built a Roller Coaster
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When Amelia Earhart Built a Roller Coaster

by Mark Weakland
Illustrated by Oksana Grivina

Amelia Earhart was one of America's most famous aviators. But do you know what she was like as a child? From running on the river bluffs and playing football to building a roller coaster, Amelia Earhart was an active and confident child. This playful story of her childhood will help young readers connect with a historic figure and will inspire them to want to achieve greatness.

PublisherPicture Window Books
Age Level6-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Trim Size10 x 10
Page Count32



Learning Magazine

"Amelia Earhart, one of America’s best-known aviators, was destined for a life in engineering. Her most famous childhood creation was a roller coaster made of wooden boards greased with lard. She also kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women. This book demonstrates how childhood traits can lead to adult accomplishments." - Learning Magazine

January 1, 2017

Mark Weakland

Mark Weakland

Mark Weakland wears many hats. As an author, he's written books for teachers, including Super Core!: Turbocharging Your Basal Reading Program with More Reading, Writing, and Word Work, published by the International Reading Association. His book topics for children include sports, bacteria, comets, and poetry. Mark's also a reading specialist. He teaches kindergarten children, third graders, parents, and teachers. As a musician and songwriter, Mark sings, plays percussion, and strums the guitar. Many of his songs, including "I Sure Love Pancakes" and "The Dooflicky Machine," have won national awards and contests. Mark lives in Western Pennsylvania.

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