Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Book Review Tuesday: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold


Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

From the publisher:

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!

My review:

I thought that the book started out a bit slow, but it quickly picked up about a few chapters into the story. One thing that you have to get use to is that the author has the main character talk to herself A LOT! I realize that we want to know what the main character is thinking, but it through me off a times because her thoughts were always in quotes.

I loved that the book included interesting facts that would enrich my students background knowledge. They learn facts about airplanes, whales, gold mining and the klondike. I think the story would appeal to both boys and girls because of the subject matter and adventure that the characters go on.

This is definitely going on my student bookshelf in my classroom. This is book 1 in the series. You can learn more about the rest of the series HERE. I'll definitely be adding the rest of the series to my bookshelf and recommending it to our librarian.

You can pick up a copy of the book at the following retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Nobles

Thanks go out to the author for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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