Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold
by Iain Reading
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!
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 middle grade audience. I have no problem with Kitty’s age and think she is a great character. I just think that the target audience might skip over this book for a couple of reasons. The cover isn’t going to appeal to a YA audience, and the majority of YA readers aren’t into adventure books. Having said that though, it will probably appeal to an older audience who does enjoy this type of book.
I found Kitty to be a really fun and relate-able character. She talks to herself a lot! Who doesn’t do that? I don’t fly a plane, but if I did, I would love to do the kind of research Kitty sets out to do. She is observing whales. How cool is that? I always thought being a marine biologist would be an awesome job. But I wasn’t that crazy about science lol. And I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska! I don’t want to run into a bear, but I would love to see the scenery. But I digress….Kitty’s adventure is amazing. The secondary characters in the story are great as well. I really enjoyed the interaction between Kitty and the brothers.
When my kids were younger, we had a game called The Yukon Trail. It was sort of like the
Oregon Trail games that are played on a PC. You know the ones…from back in the late 90’s early 2000’s 🙂 Seems like yesterday! Anyway, this book really brought back memories of this game. The places Kitty goes and the huge trail she follows are all in the game. Though I think those guys who were hunting for gold back in the gold rush days were insane, I have to admire their tenacity. That was a HARD job! Kitty finds out how hard the journey was when she’s got to follow that trail.
This book contains a ton of history, so if you enjoy learning while reading fiction, you’ll really enjoy that aspect of the book. Enjoy!
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