Title: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1 Author: Iain Reading Date of Publication: December 3, 2012 Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Genre: middle grade, mystery, adventure Pages: 262 Source: publisher Rating: 3.5/5
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.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which has not altered my opinion.
This caught my attention when I read that this series featured a character who was/is a mixture of Nancy Drew and Amelia Earhart. While I was for sure a Hardy Boys kind of gal myself, Nancy Drew is a close second in that area. This book took a little bit of getting into, and the title itself didn’t really make a ton of sense until quite a ways into the story. I enjoyed that there wasn’t intense romance or much romance at all, and it felt very family friendly. However, the two page chapter sort of thing did drive me nuts.
Kitty is an awesome heroine, really driven and passionate about flying. I enjoyed her internal monologue because I feel as though I sometimes argue with myself in the same way. The brothers were awesome and I loved the banter and how well they all got along, Jay was probably my favorite followed by the others all together…it did feel weird at first because I knew I wasn’t supposed to like the kidnappers but they were such caring and friendly people! (Is that a spoiler?? I’m gonna go with no since you find out very early on).
Basically, this is an awesome young adult adventure mystery. For kids who want a more modern version of Nancy Drew, I highly recommend this one! There point five out of five beans!