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I love this book cover. It perfectly sums up some major events of the book – the plane, Kitty climbing the mountain, the whale in the background – and the art style is just great. I love looking at it and it certainly enticed me in.
I was approached by the author’s publicist about this book. I love mysteries and was intrigued by the “historical fiction” part of this story. I’ll admit, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up on my own, but I decided to give it a try.
Kitty Hawk goes on an adventure flying off in her plane to Alaska in order to watch whales, observe, and study them. Then she runs into a group of gold thieves. She overhears their plan and they catch her before she can run away. Her mission is no longer whales, it’s the gold.
I felt as though this book was slow to start. I didn’t really get interested in it until Kitty ran into the thieves and that was around 100 pages or so into the story. When that happened, I got really into it. I felt as though the plot was cleverly crafted into the story making the history important, but not bombarding me with a history lesson.
I enjoyed Kitty’s character. She was a strong protagonist and certainly knew how to take care of herself. However, a good chunk of her dialogue, especially in the beginning, was her talking to her internal self. It got confusion since her thoughts were in normal quotations and I also didn’t think it made any sense. She was having actual conversations with herself. It became annoying and I didn’t think it was needed.
Once I met Charlie, Buck, Will, and Jay, I enjoyed their characters a lot more. The four brothers were certainly a great addition to the cast. Though, I wonder if all four were needed. Their personalities were certainly different from each other.
However, Jay was the silent type. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it was almost as though he wasn’t even there. He didn’t start really speaking until the main part of their journey was halfway over. I had completely forgotten about him to the point that when his name was stated I had no idea who he was.
This story flowed well. As stated earlier, I felt as though the beginning was slow, but it did pick up when the adventure truly began. Once that happened it was smooth sailing. The history lessons were minimum but I learned a lot anyway.
I enjoyed all the description of their adventure, though a lot of the dialogue felt unrealistic to me. A lot of dialogue didn’t contain any contractions making the characters sound almost robotic. It just didn’t seem like something a person would say in real life.
Overall, this was a great read. Once you get past the beginning it’s an enjoyable read. If you like a casual mystery and have a taste for adventure, give this one a try.
“Apparently even in deadly serious situations boys simply can’t resist the urge to play like they are secret agents or something.” –Iain Reading, Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold
*This review was originally published on RachelPoli.com
Okay, I may be dating myself here a bit, but I grew up reading Nancy Drew detective novels. I loved being able to read about Nancy's adventures while trying to figure out the mystery for myself before she solved it. Fast Forward to 2017 and my introduction to the first book in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series. I have to say that I loved this book once her adventure started and I was so enthralled with it because there were several twists that kept me trying to figure a way out for Kitty.
Kitty Hawk is one kick ass young lady, someone I would love my daughter to look up to. Brave, independent, and intelligent. Not only did she decide to do research on whales behaviors and habits, but she found a way to make it happen by seeking a sponsor. You just don't see that kind of attitude in many kids today. Kitty is a strong female character that shows girls that you can achieve your goals through determination, perseverance, and by taking the time to think things through. She also shows that you get more things accomplished if you reach out and network with friends, family, and even perfect strangers. Did I mention that she flies her own plane? I also have to add that I love how Kitty's parents are supportive. In a lot of YA novels the parents are missing, not involved or just plain evil. It is nice to see supportive parents represented in novels every now and then.
What I enjoyed the most about this book was the way it incorporated history and geography into the story line. The way the locations were written begged for my fingers to do quick Google search and see if they are real places. Yes, they are and I loved having those images to compare to different passages in the book. To be able to see the actual front wall of the store in the Dyea ghost town was pretty sweet. I am a big history buff so learning about Alaska's gold rush was an added bonus.
The aspiring teacher in me can see how this could be used in the classroom. I could see reading the different chapters with the class and exploring the parts of Alaska and Canada that Kitty trekked through, as well as, learning about the different historical aspects of the Gold Rush in the Yukon area. The different stories about events during the earlier days also added to the story and made it a bit more exciting. I was jumping for excitement when Kitty figured out the last mystery towards the end by using some of the information from an earlier story she was told.
The plot twist... I can not say how happy I was for the big one. One of my personal life views is that you should never judge a book by its cover. There is always more below the surface and this was true about a few of the characters. I strongly believe that the plot in this book teaches this lesson to its readers and, to be honest, I had a hard time condemning those same characters. So the author made this little reader very happy! I have never wanted a bad guy to get away with something before and I think that says a lot about the author and the fantastic depth he gave his characters.
Now, I know I have been saying that this would be a great book to teach in the classroom but I also feel that it has its merits for adult readers. This definitely isn't a Nancy Drew or Harriet the Spy kind of book in regards to the age limit. Sometimes books can be a bit too childish for older readers. This is not the case with the Kitty Hawk series. I enjoyed it and recommend it to those of all ages who love mystery with some history thrown in.
*I rated it 4.5 stars but because Amazon doesn't do half stars I always round up.*
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