High Flying Adventure *Book Review*
Series: Kitty Hawk High Flying Detective Agency #1
Author: Iain Reading
Publish Date: December 3, 2012
Genre: middle grade-young adult/adventure/fiction
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the first book in an adventure series Staring Kitty Hawk, an 18 year old pilot, with her own plane. In this first book, Kitty sets off to Alaska, to study migration and feeding patterns of Humpback whales, rigging her sea plane up with camera gear and getting herself a corporate sponsor. She ends up getting kidnapped by some gold thieves and ends up flying in to the Yukon, but nothing is what it seems and she ends up on quite the adventure, making new friends along the way. The book ends by setting up for the next round of adventures, with an around the world flight, ala Amelia Earhart.
This is a fun and light hearted read. It has a little bit of everything, adventure, intrigue, friendship and independence. Also, quite a bit of the history of the Yukon/Klondike Gold rush is thrown in too.
What a fun story, Kitty, starts her summer by journeying to Alaska to study whales. After reading a newspaper article about some stolen gold…like a lot of gold. After seeing a boat suspiciously low in in the water, she follows it, docks her plane and takes off on foot to see if these guys are the gold thief. All with an internal dialogue that’s telling her to run, she should of listened, but of course she doesn’t, because then what kind of story would this be. Kitty gets taken hostage and forced to help carry the gold up the mountain and into Canada. Along the way, she learns a lot of about her captors and so called gold thieves, and there is so much to learn. Kitty ends up in the air again, and comes to the rescue, in her best Indiana Jones impression. There is always more than meets the eye, friends can be found everywhere.
Kitty reminds me a bit of Nancy Drew with a spunky attitude and a nose for mystery. The ending made me smile and I honestly can’t wait to read the rest of this series.
What I liked
-adventure staring a girl
-history told in story form
-Kitty Hawk (the main character) is a spunky, independent and realistic heroine
-character development was good, not great but workable for the story
What I didn’t like
-the beginning chapters are oddly short, and don’t always seem to connect to the story (it gets better)
-some of Kitty’s internal dialogue, seemed a bit immature for an 18 year old
Adventure is the key to this story, Kitty is an independent and free spirited young lady. I loved that the story is an adventure staring a girl. There were honestly few things that I didn’t like about the book, things such as the font and format of the actual paperback, the fact that even though Kitty is on this great adventure, her internal dialogue seems a bit immature and slightly out of tune with who she seems to be.
From The Back Cover:
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 received a copy for review from the publicist/author, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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