Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold: Book One of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold: Book One of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series

by Iain Reading


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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold: Book One of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I loved this wondrous adventure story that I won some time ago, about a young girl flying the Alaskan skies, where she makes the most unlikely friends and learns that life is not black and white, and things are not always what they seem.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a cute start of an exciting series for kids and adults alike. I enjoyed reading this with my daughter; we both were extremely entertained throughout. The characters are well developed and the imagery is perfect. It has to be to keep young readers interested, and her eyes were glued to the pages. She couldn’t wait to see what happened next. An exceptionally well written story I recommend to all readers. An easy 4 Boundless Star book.
BlueEyeBooks More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the publicist and the author, Iain Reading, for gifting me with a copy of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold in exchange for an honest review! 1. The characters. The characters were one of my favorite parts of this book. Frist and foremost, Kitty. I loved her personality, her weird humor, her adventurous spirit, and her strange conversations she would have with herself. It was so relatable how Kitty would have conversations with herself in her own head. She would argue with herself and keep up a banter and it really kept the dialogue moving. One thing I do wish is that the author would have made those conversation italicized or something of the sort so they would be more distinguishable from the out-loud conversations that were taking place. The other characters are wonderfully developed as well and I felt like they simply popped right off the page. 2. The plot. The plot was really interesting to me. I didn't really have all that much knowledge about the Alaska/Canada gold rush and the landscape until I read this book. Obviously, pieces are probably fictionalized, but it gives you a good picture of the region and the culture. The book mostly focuses on Kitty on her adventures as she documents whales and get roped into a gold expedition. I really liked how the plot unfolded at a nice pace and I never felt too rushed or bored out of my mind. There is always something going on. Trying to figure out why the trio was trying to steal the gold was an excellent plot line, as well. 3. The writing. Like I mentioned in the characters section, I really loved Kitty's conversations with herself. They brought humor to some dark scenes and helped me understand Kitty's mindset a bit more. The writing style never felt like a nuisance to read. The Final Verdict: A fun, quirky mystery that keeps the tone light and the humor prevalent. I especially loved how Kitty was developed and how relatable she was. 5 stars Quotes: "Mocha Bear? I thought to myself. What does that mean? Is that some kind of code or something. Apparently even in deadly serious situations boys simply can't resist the urge to play like they are secret agents or something." "With the trees on the banks of the river rushing past us, we touched down on the river and gradually slowed as the pontoons settled into the water. I turned to face the others with a big, wide grin on my face. 'Piece of cake,' I said calmly, feeling invincible. 'You can let go of the seats now.'" "'Wherever we are in this world, we are not alone. We are not the only creatures who find life in the sky and water and land. We are not the only creatures who need it. And we cannot just take and take and take. We have to give. And we have to respect.'"
Jessica_Peterson More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars 5 Rambles about Kitty Hawk: 1. Kitty is an extremely likable heroine. She’s wholesome, yet feisty, intelligent and curious, and she has mad skills (she can fly her own plane!). She is very much in the vein of Nancy Drew, which is something I think we need more of in the middle-grade/YA fiction these days. Kitty gets into some dangerous situations, but they quickly turn to exciting adventures, with fascinating history around every corner. 2. Like I just said, there’s a lot of really interesting history about The Klondike Gold Rush, plus a few chapters on humpback whales that I found quite informative. If you’ve ever been interested in gold rushes, Kitty Hawk might be a good read for you. There’s loads of fascinating history, lore, and storytelling about that time period, much of it sounding completely miserable (but really, who wants to spend winter in Alaska in the 1800’s?). As the main plot deals with the theft of gold originating in the Yukon Gold Rush, we get a thorough background as we go along. 3. That being said, there are huge sections of this book are telling, rather than showing. Multiple chapters in a row are one long story being told. While these stories were interesting, they didn’t incite me to read for long. This was more of a “read a chapter or two at a time” kind of book. I found myself feeling a teensy bit like I was reading a history book at times (hey, I like history books, but I just don’t really prefer that style of writing for fiction). 4. I LOVED that there were maps of where Kitty was flying at any given time inserted into the chapters. This was so helpful in following where exactly she was, and where she was going. When she was on foot, climbing mountain passes like a badass, we got maps for that too. As someone who is not familiar with Alaskan/Canadian geography, this was very helpful. 5. I felt like I could really relate to Kitty. Some reviewers have said that her talking to herself all the time was juvenile, but I’m 24 and I carry on more conversations with myself than I do other people (Ok, most likely an exaggeration, but you get my meaning). She didn’t think she was going to be able to survive trekking through the wilderness, but she somehow, miraculously made it through to the other side. And it wasn’t a pleasant process either, which made her all the more relatable. All in all, Kitty Hawk is a likable, engaging story. My criticisms are mostly based on preference of storytelling, as I really enjoyed all the characters, and found much of the history and plot quite fascinating. Kitty’s relationship with the four brothers who inadvertently kidnap her was entertaining and sweet (a little Stockholm syndrome, but it’s developed well). If you’re looking for a educational middle-grade/YA read with a highly relatable heroine, add Kitty Hawk to your to-read list! Content: 12+ Some scary situations, light and infrequent language. www(dot)ramblingsonreadings(dot)com
Veraccolacci More than 1 year ago
Its the first book to a series of this Flying Detective Agency that promises a lot of adventures and mysteries to solve. The story of this young girl is inspiring and full of adventure. It allows you to travel long distances and discover incredible curiosities about a place or a time in history, all this without leaving your seat. The landscapes of Alaska and Canada that are pictured on the book seems to be a wonderful view and the old boat and the ancient curse adds that intriguing flavor that any adventure book should have. The book has fun, action-packed and adrenaline-filled scenes that give the plot a refreshing twist. Even the images that Iain added to the book are fantastic! I would recommend it to people who loves fun-facts and curiosities. To people who likes flying and independent lead characters. Originally posted on:
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Adventure! Youthful independence! Mystery and the chance to travel far and wide! Sounds like the perfect set up for fantastic reading for pre-teens, teens and even adults! Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading unleashes a young and independent teen on the world of adventure as she flies her own plane to study whales in Alaska! I’m not sure what reader, young or old wouldn’t love to have their own adventure like Kitty’s, so hop aboard, prepare for takeoff, some history lessons and the intrigue of the call of gold as Kitty finds trouble and moves to outwit the bad guys. Iain Reading has created a responsible young woman with a zest for adventure and a knack for finding trouble. Kitty is about to discover the rush of gold fever, the mysteries of the Klondike Gold Rush and how far some quirky bandits will go in their quest for the gold. Be prepared for beautifully described scenery, detailing the majestic Alaskan landscape, the wildlife in their habitat and listen to the inner ramblings of a seventeen-year-old girl, wise beyond her years and far braver than I would be! Need a positive role model who is the picture of working hard to achieve a goal, uses their brain to ponder out a situation or is able to converse with herself in her mind? Meet Kitty, there won’t be a dull moment from start to finish! The best part is there is no gore, no over-the-top evil, there is some history, some wonder facts and the thrill of falling into another world with positive emotions, fresh characters and a doorway into a world of possibilities.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite A very promising start to a new series of adventure novels directed towards young adults, Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by author Iain Reading was a fun, high-flying adventure from the start. Recent high school grad Kitty Hawk leaves her home in western Canada to spend the summer in Alaska, studying humpback whales. Adventures abound, and when Kitty gets involved in the mystery of the Clara Nevada, a sunken ship, you’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat and along for a wild ride as she uses all of her wits to solve it. Along the way, Kitty learns about the history of the Klondike gold rush, and encounters unsavory criminals, stolen gold and creepy curses, all en route to an exciting conclusion that will have you guessing to the end. A fun new series with a delightful and adventurous heroine, Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold was a great read full of educational tidbits that will keep the reader learning without feeling like they are reading a textbook. Most highly recommended for tween and young teen readers, this book would appeal to any reader who enjoys mysteries, an adventurous and fast-paced read, or someone who enjoys reading about an interesting and strongly developed young female protagonist. Iain Reading’s writing style is engaging and moves the reader right along. He is also able to teach about historical events without making the reader feel like he’s hitting you over the head with the educational parts. This book is the first in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series and I, for one, am very much looking forward to the next installment!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
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. Thanks go out to the author for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.