Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Young Adult Fiction Canada

Amelia and Me

by (author) Heather Stemp

Flanker Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2013
Canada, Exploration & Discovery, Girls & Women
Recommended Age
10 to 14
Recommended Grade
5 to 9
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2013
    List Price

Classroom Resources

Where to buy it


The year is 1932. The place is Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, where most of the early transatlantic flights take off. Unfortunately, more of them end in tragedy than in success. Some crash on takeoff, some crash into the Atlantic Ocean, and some are simply never heard of again. In spite of the danger, twelve-year-old Ginny Ross longs to be one of these pioneers of flight.
But the obstacles to her success are enormous. Who will take a twelve-year-old seriously? Where will she find money for flying lessons at the height of the Depression? Who will try to stop her and who will support her when most pilots at this time are men?
Ginny will need courage, determination, and stubbornness if she wants to make her dream come true. This leads to one more question. Does she have what it takes?

About the author

Heather Stemp's Newfoundland heritage goes back to her great-grandfather who immigrated from Ireland in the mid-1800's. Her grandfather, grandmother, aunt, and father were all born and raised in Harbour Grace. Her earliest memories include fish and brewis, lassy bread, boiled suppers, and a house load of people talking, laughing, and calling her "some sweet".

After 30 years as an English teacher, Heather retired and wrote, Amelia and Me, a middle grade historical fiction, which was short listed for the 2014 Red Cedar Award. Her second book, Under Amelia's Wing, continues the story of her Aunt Ginny's adventures with Amelia Earhart. She is currently working on the third book in the Ginny Ross series.

Heather lives in North Bay with her husband Don. She has two children and four grandchildren who love to read about their Newfoundland roots.

Heather Stemp's profile page

Other titles by