I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
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!
As the synopsis says, Kitty Hawk is a great combination of Pipi Longstocking, Nancy Drew, and Amelia Earhart. Her character is adventurous, fun, and most girls that find themselves reading her stories will certainly enjoy themselves!
As I read this particular novel, I felt like it targeted an audience between the ages 10 to 13 or 14 even though the main character is much older (19 I believe), just because of how it is written and the way the storyline unfolds. Though I certainly enjoyed the story and know some much older teens and young adults who would also enjoy a clean adventure novel, so it depends entirely on the reader.
I really liked all of the history, geography, marine science and classic literature that was included! Because this novel takes place in the Yukon, where Jack London gathered his inspiration for his masterpieces, I was thrilled to be introduced to some history about one of my favorite authors as well as many other poets and writers.
There are some “high-school” references, such as “Toby broke my heart in the 9th grade” and different conversations that some parents may want to steer their tweens away from, but this is definitely a clean book overall. My only complaint is that God’s name was used in vain many many times throughout the entire book.
I give Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold 5 out of 5 stars and most definitely recommend it as some good reading material for the upcoming school year (home-schoolers’ *wink wink*)!