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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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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!


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About the Author

I Like Root Beer. When I was younger I fancied myself a bit of a Root Beer connoisseur, drinking my favourite brand (A&W, of course) from tall, narrow champagne flûtes and revelled in the sound of the ice cubes clinking against the side of the thin glass, creating a magical tinkling ambiance as I looked down my nose at all the other inferior Root Beer vintages. As I grew older and began to travel all across the globe I was naturally inclined to seek out the very best Root Beers that the world had to offer. Sadly, as I was to discover, Root Beer is very much a North-American thing and you can't really find it anywhere else in the world. On the bright side, however, it turns out that the world is a pretty great place even without Root Beer. There are a million amazing things to see and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her various adventures.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable good read of a first book.. February 22, 2013
By S.I.
Format:Kindle Edition
First book PDF by a former colleague of mine from work....what a different read. When the proofing and final version is out this should be a polished first book.
A man writing through the eyes of a late teens young woman flying a plane doing whale research Canada, Alaska, Yukon..... At first I found this confusing, knowing the author but I really got to like the spunk of Kitty Hawk. Her inner voice annoyed me at first too then I began to find the charm in it....after all we all have discussions with ourselves in times of stress or confusion. The whale sighting, flying her wonderful De Havilland Beaver plane through that amazing part of the world, excellent description of the nature....captivated me. I loved all the details about whales.... I feel like I have experienced so much having read this. The hike, the ruins of the settlement Dyea...Chilkoot Trail...living outdoors, sighting bears. The history of the gold rush and the ruins in modern day Canada and USA were fabulous to read. The adventure was good. I also loved the descriptions in the Some Further Reading section at the end of the book and the peek at the second adventure coming up for Kitty Hawk in book two. All in all, IMHO an excellent first book and a very informative while totally entertaining read / adventure. I had followed Pierre Berton but forgotten his roots were in that part of Canada...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to hone in on your inner Nancy Drew? February 7, 2015
Format:Paperback
Kitty Hawk, a high school graduate from a fishing village in British Columbia, has a plan for a thrilling trip to Alaska. She wants nothing else than to spend her first summer out of school researching the local humpback whales along the coastline of Juneau, Alaska. And she aims to get there by solo-flying in her very own (trusty) De Havilland Beaver seaplane. She claims she's been flying since the age of 4 (that's what comes of having a seaplane pilot for a dad). By using her plane, she intends to scour the northern Pacific waters in search of groups of whales that can't be spotted from shore or by boat.

Thus, the exciting trip is all planned out, and Kitty Hawk is in for a wild ride -- except it turns into a ride that she wasn't anticipating, as it doesn't really take place in the air. Not able to just "stick with the facts" of her whale research project, other things pique her interest in Alaska, like the legend being passed around town of stolen gold. (Yes, actual gold that was was originally mined in the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s, hidden for decades, and eventually lost.) Who wouldn't want to dig up as much information as possible about the long-lost treasure? Spotting a mysterious thing or two, Kitty puts a few ideas together and soon starts believing she's on the trail of gold thieves. Honing in on her inner Nancy Drew, she treks through the woods at night, alone, to see if she can prove it. Ready to join her?

There are SO MANY things about "Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold" that appeal to me. First, the girl is a pilot. (Come on, how many teenagers do you know that can fly a plane?) She's got guts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun & Educational Read October 10, 2014
By Jill
Format:Kindle Edition
What I liked best about this book is definitely the impressive amount of educational/factual information. I wasn't necessarily expecting to learn anything from this book, but thanks to Kitty Hawk I have learned about wildlife in Alaska and Canada, history about the Gold Rush, information about a few native tribes, and I'm sure even more topics that I have forgotten to mention. Though at times these facts were presented a bit too much in an "info-dump" fashion, I think that it helped make the story have more depth, and it helped me to better understand and visualize the various settings. From small towns to the ocean, to the cliffs and the snow, I was definitely picturing the scenes playing out in my head in detail. I'll admit that Reading struck gold with me (see what I did there?) because I happen to be a sucker for books set in Alaska.

I also loved the characters. The lead character, Kitty, is the kind of character that I'd like to see more of in young adult fiction. She's strong, smart, independent, and adventurous. And on top of that, her parents are pretty great to. Her father teaches her to fly planes and her mother teaches her about the earth, and when she decides to fly to Juneau in order to observe humpback whales, both parents were happy for her and offered her their support 100%. I found this to be a really nice, positive touch.

Part of what I liked about Kitty specifically is her love for adventure. She sees her way out of challenges when they arise and is always up for doing whatever it takes in order to learn more about what she is interested in. The adventures and action were relatively well-paced in this book, and I was always cheering for her to take the next step on her journey to help solve mysteries and learn a bunch in the process too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold September 16, 2014
Format:Paperback
I loved this book! I liked the blurb and when I saw mention of Nancy Drew I just had to try it! I ended up loving this book and the character in it.

Kitty has gone to Alaska for the summer......Alaska would so not be my first choice for a summer trip. But it is a good place for studying those whales. Then she end up with a mystery of a sunken ship. Way off from her original plan for the summer, but I bet Kitty would love to do it all over again!

Kitty is just awesome at this mystery/detective thing. Twists and turns at the perfect times and Kitty just takes it all. She is different from characters I've read lately. She is strong and smart and isn't a big child. She is written perfectly and acts her age, which I really liked.

The mystery itself was written well and enjoyable. I loved that is was in a setting I haven't read about in a while and that's always something fun. You can learn things and get an enjoyable story out of it. Whatery more could you want? Oh yeah, some more adventures with Kitty! Who knows where she will end up next and the mystery will bring her. I can't wait to read more about Kitty! It so reminded me of when I read all the Nancy Drew books. Which just made me more addicted to these books because it was Nancy that got me to love reading and the mystery genre too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling read.
In all honesty, I absolutely loved this book. Kitty is a wonderful heroine, intelligent, adventurous and surprisingly relatable. Read more
Published 12 days ago by lucy rootes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The story has it all, a fun adventure, a good mystery, a strong heroine, and likeable... Read more
Published 12 days ago by D. Hays
4.0 out of 5 stars I had no idea whether or not I would like this book at all
When I started this book, I had no idea whether or not I would like this book at all, but I am pleased to say that this book was actually very enjoyable. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Isobel Radakovic
4.0 out of 5 stars ... and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the...
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Education and history mixed in with adventure and mystery! Great for...
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While Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold didn't really... Read more
Published 1 month ago by *Pearl
4.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is..wow!
Actually rating: 4.5 stars Also reviewed on my blog! http://sassyanddangerous.blogspot.mx/

All I can say is..wow! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sassy & Dangerous
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, informative read
Kitty is spending the summer flying her plane over the waters of Alaska and documenting the habits and movements of the whales that populate them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern day Nancy Drew, with the added bonus of some great history :)
Review by Mia Madden

This book is about a teenager called Kitty Hawk who has raised money to fly from her home in Tofino, Canada to Juneau, Alaska in her De Havilland... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bleachhouselibrary
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Start to the Series
If you're a fan of adventurous stories, you will love Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold. It is a YA book, but I sort of wish it had been a little shorter and written for a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Christy M.
4.0 out of 5 stars I found Kitty to be really really cool! An intelligent young girl who...
I had an up-and-down relationship with this book. When I first started it, I found Kitty to be really really cool! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ana @ Read Me Away
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I like Root Beer.

For me there is no other beverage that is quite as magical and mysterious and inexplicably smooth as a cold mug of Root Beer. From the very first sip this enchanting brew tingles your palette with a plethora of blissful sensations and slides slippery cool down into your stomach as it warms your heart. And don't even get me started talking about that sublime frothy icy mess that we call a Root Beer Float.

When I was younger I fancied myself a bit of a Root Beer connoisseur, drinking my favourite brand A&W from tall, narrow champagne flûtes where the ice clinking against the side of the thin glass created a magical tinkling ambiance as I looked down my nose at all the other inferior Root Beer vintages. As I grew older and began to travel across the globe I naturally was inclined to seek out the very best Root Beers that the world had to offer. Surely somewhere deep in some ancient temple in the heart of the Mongolian desert there was a hitherto unknown type of Root Beer brewed by a secretive order of monks using ancient methods passed down through generations.

Sadly, as I was to discover, Root Beer is very much a North-American thing and you can't really find it anywhere else in the world. The closest I ever got was in the jungles of Sierra Leone which smell a bit like Root Beer and diesel oil. (In fact, most non-North-American people to whom I have introduced this magical elixir have first cautiously taken a small sip then made a sour face, stating that "it tastes like medicine". Perhaps this is because the sarsaparilla root that gives Root Beer its name was originally used for medicinal purposes - typical for North-Americans to turn medicine into soft drinks, right?)

I was crushed. If there was no Root Beer out there in the whole wide world, then what was the point of leaving my house in the first place? No one really needs to leave the house, after all. Everything you could ever need can be delivered right to your front door, including pizza and Root Beer and books and everything else you can find on amazon.com. But as it turns out the world is a pretty great place even without Root Beer. There are a million amazing things to see out there and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her adventures.

Whatever you want to call it, "holidays" or "vacations" (I prefer to call them "adventures" and thus lift them out from the realm of the mundane because I believe that it's always an adventure any time one of us dares to go out and see just a little bit more of this world we inhabit), I always like to try and live life with what I call a "Hemingway Complex". I even once wrote a travel book using this as a title.

And what exactly is a "Hemingway Complex", you ask?

Well, some people might describe Ernest Hemingway as being "larger than life". But to say that is not entirely accurate. He was merely larger than other people's lives. He was certainly larger than my life, for example, but he fit quite comfortably into his own. My life isn't extraordinary like that of the great Ernest Hemingway. I've never run with the bulls or told people that I fought in wars or hunted German U-Boats in the Caribbean while drinking cocktails on a yacht. But to me living life with a Hemingway Complex means living in pursuit of the impossible. And it's the only way that I ever seem to do anything interesting.

Don't forget to check out the latest happenings in the world of Kitty Hawk at www.kittyhawkworld.com and it you're interested also head over to www.secretworldonline.com and check out some of the songs that I write and record in my spare time in an effort to try and convince people that I am much busier than I actually am.


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