Title: Kitty Hawk and The Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1)
Author: Iain Reading
Published: November 30th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Adventure
Stars: 4 Content Rating: 2
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.
After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves as Kitty prepares for her next adventure – flying around the world!
I’m wondering if I need to say more? Did you read this synopsis? Kitty Hawk grows up learning how to fly with her Dad, so she is pretty much born a pilot! She is the perfect combination of funny and smart with a big dose of curiosity. She is down to earth but still can see the magic our world has to offer. As soon as she turns 18, Kitty flies to Juneau, Alaska to stay with friends and study Humpback whales for the summer. One of my favorite things about Kitty are the conversations she has with herself. I love it. This whole book is narrated by her and so you get to see her arguing with herself over the situations she finds herself in. I can so relate to this. I’m constantly talking to myself. Pretty much her smarter more sensible self is constantly telling her curious self to stay out of trouble and yet she find herself in the middle of a gold robbery!
As Kitty goes about her summer doing her whale research she finds something odd about a fishing boat. As she figures out one clue and the next and starts putting things together, her curiosity puts her on the biggest adventure of her life. She does amazing things and meets amazing people on her way. Another thing I loved about this book is the ” one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure” is very accurate. The author definitely did the research! I feel like I had a history lesson, only it was the best history lesson I have ever had because I felt like I was hearing these stories from friends and solving a mystery.
I have to say its hard to do a book for all ages. Typically I’m a YA reader. This book I would say is more a Middle Grade read, which is AMAZING because now I can recommend it to my nieces and nephews. What is really great though, is that I can literally recommend it to anyone. When finished it, the first thing I did was tell my Mom that she had to read this book. She loved Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking as kid. Adventures and mystery is her thing, and to have a fun heroine in the center of the story making it come to life is just icing on the cake! I simply can not wait to continue with Kitty Hawk’s next adventure!
Thanks for reading!
PS- There are 5 books out in the series so far, and you can buy the books on Amazon. The kindle version is only $2.99 or free with kindle unlimited! —> Kitty Hawk #1
I need give a great big THANK YOU to Kelsey and the author, Iain Reading, for a copy in exchange for an honest review! I truly loved it!