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Under Amelia's Wing
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Under Amelia's Wing
Book 2 in the Ginny Ross series
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It's 1936, and against all odds—but not without a few stumbles—Ginny Ross has made it to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Otherwise known as the academic home of her friend...
It's 1936, and against all odds—but not without a few stumbles—Ginny Ross has made it to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Otherwise known as the academic home of her friend...
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  • It's 1936, and against all odds—but not without a few stumbles—Ginny Ross has made it to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Otherwise known as the academic home of her friend and mentor, Amelia Earhart.) For Ginny, this is the next step toward her dream of becoming a pilot, but it's harder than she expected: as the only girl in her mechanical engineering program, she constantly has to prove she deserves to be there. Ginny is determined not to let the jeers of her classmates and the opinions of some backwards-thinking professors hold her back, but she is a world away from her home in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.

    When Amelia takes off in 1937 to fly around the globe, Ginny can't shake a feeling of foreboding. Aviation is still relatively new and communication between air and ground is patchy at best. Then Amelia disappears without a trace, and Ginny must figure out if she has what it takes to forge ahead without her mentor. With the threat of the Second World War looming large, Ginny will need every bit of salty east coast grit she can muster.

    Featuring historical photos of Amelia's time at Purdue University (1935–37), this STEM-friendly novel will appeal to anyone who has suffered from imposter syndrome and has had to prove their worth—to others and themselves.

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  • Heather Stemp's grandfather, grandmother, Aunt Ginny, and father were all born and raised in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. After thirty years as an English teacher, Heather retired and wrote her first book, Amelia and Me, which was shortlisted for the 2014/15 Red Cedar Award. Under Amelia's Wing is her second book, continuing the story of her aunt's adventures with Amelia Earhart. Heather now lives in North Bay, Ontario, and is working on book three in the series.

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    February 1, 2021
    Determined to become a pilot, Ginny Ross leaves Newfoundland and, at Amelia Earhart's suggestion, studies at Purdue University, where she helps broaden views of what women can do. Several years have passed since Ginny announced her desire to fly in Amelia & Me (2021). It's an unusual goal for a girl in the 1930s, but Ginny is more confident now that her mother supports her. With her role model Earhart joining the staff at Purdue, Ginny applied and was accepted. Being a woman in the engineering program is hard--not so much the studies, but confronting, let alone changing, attitudes about the role of women in society. Professor Jones, for example, repeatedly tries to derail her, but new friends, including a love interest, bolster her. Personal matters and historical events begin to collide in the last third of the book as it races to cover Earhart's around-the-world flight, her tragic end, and the ominous events in Europe leading to World War II. The last chapters, taking place in 1940, set the stage for the next adventure. If earning her degree was a battle, a larger one looms ahead for Ginny. This entry--also based on the author's own family--with a default White cast works as a stand-alone. As in the previous volume, Ginny's spark, compassion, and resiliency are appealing. A satisfying read for those seeking heroes who steadily, believably break the mold. (photos, author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)

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