Book Review: Kitty Hawk And The Curse Of The Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

Title: Kitty Hawk And The Curse Of The Yukon Gold
Series: Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1
Author: Iain Reading
Genre: MG Adventure
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Published: November 30th, 2012
Page count: 262 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: From the publicist in exchange of an honest review


Book Summary:
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! 
*The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 4/5 stars

This is the second book I have read of Iain Reading and I must say that I love reading his books. Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is such a perfect middle grade read. It is the kind of book that is considered fiction but it's full of information and true facts about certain topics. This book is the first of the series. While reading it, I was reminded a lot of Amelia Earhart and Pippi Longstocking and I'm thrilled to discover that I wasn't so far-off since the book summary above mentions that Iain Reading took those characters along with Nancy Drew for inspiration.

What I liked:
I really liked that this book combines make-believe with educational information. It makes it so much entertaining to learn about certain aspects of history, culture, geography, etc. This book really covers a lot of topics, even common judgment and what not to do. The characters were amusing and even though there were some aspects of Kitty Hawk that I didn't agree with her, I still thought she rocked and came through with her story. Also, I loved  the small storytellings within the book that were intriguing as well as spooky true.

What didn't do it for me:
For my liking, I thought that the story was a bit slow; however, it picked up after a few chapters.

Final Verdict:
I love it when a book manages to tell you a fiction story within facts, it makes it so fascinating and otherworldly. When I finished reading it, I did some background studying about the Yukon Gold Rush and ended up researching more than I intended to in the first place. It is just so freakishly engaging. 
I highly recommend this book. Even though it might take time at first to get hooked on the story, I encourage to keep reading, it gets better.
 Happy reading darlings ;)

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