I was sent “Kitty Hawk and the curse of the Yukon Gold” by the publicist Book Publicity Services and agreed to review the book.

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If you’re looking for a great present for a teenager (or young adult) who likes adventure, mystery, and travel.

About this book

“Kitty Hawk and the curse of the Yukon Gold” is the first book of the of Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, written by Iain Reading. The story revolves around a Kitty, a young intrepid girl, and her adventures on her seaplane De Havilland Beaver.

Kitty loves humpback whales and decides to fly on her plane from Canada to Alaska to study them. While in Alaska, she reads about some gold theft on the local newspaper. A few weeks later she is kidnapped by the bandits and ends up backpacking the wild mountains of Alaska to reach Chilkoot Pass to recover the gold.

Kitty is fun, energetic, intelligent and funny. I can see many girls identify themselves with her, and dreaming of a more independent and exciting life.

The story is full of real historical events, geography, and mythology, well blended into the plot. Several maps are scattered across the book to show where Kitty is, and that gives you a clear idea of locations and make the story more real and credible.

The book leaves many questions unanswered, though, and it kind of pushes you to check out the following books in the series.

What I liked:

  • Kitty is intrepid and funny, and it’s easy to identify with her.
  • The sighting of the humpback whales is truly exciting and makes you want to learn more about them.
  • The book is quite lengthy (about 260 pages), and it can be scary for young or less experienced readers. I like that chapters are very short, in fact there are about 84 chapters, and this makes the book more accessible.

What I didn’t like:

  • The graphic of the book cover suggests that the book is aimed at a much younger audience, but I would recommend it for young adults (14-18).
  • Kitty talks to herself often, and this direct speech is at times very funny and full of humour, and at times seems to get in the way of the story.
  • The prologues of the book are not directly related to this story and are quite slow. Also, the first few chapters are background information on Kitty, and although useful, I found them a bit boring.

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