Author: Iain Reading
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, and Young Adult
Cover Rating: 3.5/5
I gave this a 3.5/5 because I thought the cover was very inventive! I liked that it is simple and was obviously illustrated by someone. Though it may look minimalist, but you can find certain elements from the book when looking at it. For me it helped add to the story!
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 climactic 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!
Spoiler Free Review:
From looking at the cover and the description I didn’t think that this would be book for me. That is because I have never been much into books that don’t include any fantasy or sci-fi. Though this book actually surprised me!
I think my absolute favorite thing about this book is that it had a lot of detail in it. You can tell that the author put a lot of time and research into making this book. He also included maps at several points to help you understand where exactly the characters were located at certain points. That is something that you don’t see very often in books that I really enjoyed. It also helped me learn more about the history of the gold rush. I have personally been to Alaska five or more times, but I never truly learned about the gold rush. I mostly just got the tacky bottle of gold, I know I am so basic (no hating!). I think any reader would enjoy learning about the history behind the fold rush.
It took me a little while to get into the book, this is just because the introduction of everything that the readers need to know for the book. Then we got to a certain point in the book and BAM I was hooked! I finished it the same day that I hit that plot point. I also have to give the author mad props for surprising me, not once, but TWICE! I can usually tell when something is going to happen and what it will be in a book, but he really did a really nice job at not hinting at things until they happen, which I really love.
Overall, I think that this book was done well. It is definitely a book for anyone who loves aviation and adventure! You will get hooked and want to keep reading until the end. I would suggest it! I am ready to pick up the next book in the series and follow Kitty on her next adventure!
SPOILER BOOK SUMMARY:
The book starts off with Kitty mailing a company asking if they will fund her trip to Alaska to research whales. In return she promises to promote their clothing to the people she comes into contact with. She thinks that there is no way that they will ever fund hurt, but it can’t hurt to try. To her surprise she receives a letter back giving her the green light!
She sets off for Alaska and is staying with her friend Skeena’s aunt and uncle in Juneau. She goes out searching for whales and names her first whale friend Walter. Around this time she also meets a guy named Edward, who she compares to everyones favorite Edward from Twilight. He takes her on a date to Sushi and she hopes to hear back from the cute boy soon. Kitty is with her friends uncle and other when she hears the story of the Gold Rush. I won’t go into the details, you’ll jut have to read it to find out.
The next time she is flying she begins to remember this boat that she had seen multiple times now. She thinks about why it was so low in the water. She then thinks that it might be because there was gold on there, since last night she was told that gold weighs 19 times more than water. She ends up finding the boat and lands nearby to go inspect. She then fins men camping and listens to their conversation to hear that they do indeed have gold on board. Though she ends up getting caught by someone in the party. The men force Kitty to help them.
The next day they are all carrying gold up a very steep hill, one that was used during the gold rush for traveling. They get to the top and they are all exhausted. At this point Kitty finds out that they probably have around 8 more trips to go to get all the gold. She then blurts out that she could have done this in one trip on her boat. That is when they find out who Kitty truly is. She is then forced to fly her plane to the rendezvous point, around this time they also find out that she has been reported as missing.
They get to the rendezvous point where their half brother Eddie was meeting them with Will’s truck. They arrive and when Eddie comes into sight you find out that he is actually Edward! I was not expecting this at all, I thought Edward was a small part at the beginning and you would never see him again. I literally dropped the book and yelled plot twist to my friend. Then crazy Jack, the man who stole their gold one other time, comes out with a riffle. The they turn to see Eddie has turned on them and is pointing a gun at them also. At this point I was just amazed, two surprising parts of the book in a row and I didn’t see either coming!
After this Kitty is now friend with the man who had once been her captors. Now she desired to help them get back what was rightfully theirs. She hears the true story about the Clara Nevada and how their great-grandpa, the captain of the ship, came into this gold. They also tell her of the curse that goes along with this gold and why they need to get it back.
Working together they are able to get to Dawson, which is where they think that they will find Eddie and crazy Jack. They scope them out, but they made an escape because they damaged Kitty’s plane. She is luckily able to borrow a plane that belongs to none other than Harrison Ford! Her and Charlie are able to catch up with them in the plane and shoot at them to get a tire, forcing them to stop. They succeed and crazy jack runs off and they let him, knowing that the gold he carries is cursed. They ball out Eddie and all return to town
They say that they are going to donate some of the gold, that way there is no curse and it goes to something good. The book ends with Kitty deciding that she wants to go on a flying trip around the world, just as Amelia Earhart did. The book then ends as it started, with Kitty writing to someone to ask for funding for her next great adventure.
I actually really enjoyed this book. I only have two things that I didn’t too much enjoy. The first is that I didn’t like that part of her subconscious arguments was in quotes, I think it should have all been italics. If any quotes are used for anything besides talking it can sometimes confuse readers a bit. The second was I thought that the intro could have been reduced a little and the rest of the book prolonged a bit.
Though those two small details are very minute. They are more things that me personally as a reader just thought kind of irked me. Besides those two very small details, I really enjoyed this book! It reminded me of a Rick Riordan book, but without the fantasy element added in. I would say it is for anyone who is middle school and up!
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