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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.*
Kitty Hawk was a great adventure read for young adult readers, which is the target audience. I only have one issue with that, there were a few instances of harsh language, especially one use of GD, which I have a very hard time seeing in a book intended for young readers. That and the print being very small makes it a little harder for reluctant readers to want to pick up and stick with the book are my only negatives.
Kitty is a very adventurous girl that I think can be a very good role model for young girls. Even though she is just out of high school, there are times that she seems a bit younger, maybe middle school age. I really liked the way things didn’t turn out how you would have expected. I don’t want to give much away, but I will say I enjoyed the relationship between Kitty and Charlie and his brothers. There were a few points where I wasn’t sure if things should have played out the way they did, but it was all quickly cleared up, just make sure to not give up and keep reading. There is enough mystery to keep the readers guessing and a nice history lesson about the area dealing with the gold rush. I really enjoyed the way the characters were so knowledgeable about their different areas, Kitty and flying, Charlie and so many other areas. Overall I really enjoyed this book, (minus the few harsh words), and will recommend it to mature young readers.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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