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Amelia Erroway: Castaway Commander



written and illustrated by
Betsy Peterschmidt

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Scholastic
Imprint
Graphix
ISBN
9781338186147
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: General
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Being lost can sometimes be the first step toward finding your destiny.

Forbidden to become a pilot by her overprotective father, Amelia Erroway yearns to command her own airship. To prove her worth, she sets off alone on her father's prized craft. But disaster strikes: A fierce storm crashes her ship in uncharted lands and Amelia, now a castaway, must use her wits to survive. With the help of Rastor and Fynley, brothers who live deep in the Juniper rainforest, Amelia is determined to repair her airship and, with her newly formed crew, fly home.Author’s note. Full-color illustrations. 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

9" x 7"

Dewey

F

AR

2.9: points 1

Lexile

GN310

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Graphic Novels

Topics

Women air pilots. Castaways. Adventure and adventurers. Fantasy. Aviation. Engineering. Invention. Friendship. Siblings. Family. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-Swirling landscapes and fantastic inventions compete for attention in this visual feast. Amelia is bored with her life of privilege as daughter of a famous airship captain, but when she takes her father's ship out, she crash-lands in uncharted territory. Now all she wants is to return to her beloved papa and comfortable life in the city. Luckily, she's not far from the tree house home of free-spirited twins Rastor and Fynley and their engineer/medic mother. Fynley and Rastor just happen to be inventors with a workshop and a forge and are as reckless as she is. Lots of slapstick balanced with disappointment ensues as they work together to devise transportation that will deliver Amelia back home. But the art is the real star of this book-sheer watercolors in candy hues billow across the page in luscious, rounded shapes, while airships and other machinery are as detailed and luxe as tall ships. Although the book has a lot of energy, with excitable characters who do a lot of yelling and whooping and finishing one another's sentences, the story is oddly languorous. Scenes frequently span multiple pages, and one line of dialogue may stretch across many panels. But for fantastical adventure with a side of engineering that is also a master class in painting fantasy clouds, vines, foliage, and water, Amelia and her friends will satisfy. Amelia is white, while Rastor and Fynley are brown-skinned. VERDICT Appealing characters and fascinating art make up for a slow story.-Paula Willey, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6-Swirling landscapes and fantastic inventions compete for attention in this visual feast. Amelia is bored with her life of privilege as daughter of a famous airship captain, but when she takes her father's ship out, she crash-lands in uncharted territory. Now all she wants is to return to her beloved papa and comfortable life in the city. Luckily, she's not far from the tree house home of free-spirited twins Rastor and Fynley and their engineer/medic mother. Fynley and Rastor just happen to be inventors with a workshop and a forge and are as reckless as she is. Lots of slapstick balanced with disappointment ensues as they work together to devise transportation that will deliver Amelia back home. But the art is the real star of this book-sheer watercolors in candy hues billow across the page in luscious, rounded shapes, while airships and other machinery are as detailed and luxe as tall ships. Although the book has a lot of energy, with excitable characters who do a lot of yelling and whooping and finishing one another's sentences, the story is oddly languorous. Scenes frequently span multiple pages, and one line of dialogue may stretch across many panels. But for fantastical adventure with a side of engineering that is also a master class in painting fantasy clouds, vines, foliage, and water, Amelia and her friends will satisfy. Amelia is white, while Rastor and Fynley are brown-skinned. VERDICT Appealing characters and fascinating art make up for a slow story.-Paula Willey, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore

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