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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

(Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1)

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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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published November 30th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services
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Amanda Thompson I'd recommend the Vesper Holly series by Lloyd Alexander. The only mark it doesn't quite hit is *real life* adventure. The adventures are realistic…moreI'd recommend the Vesper Holly series by Lloyd Alexander. The only mark it doesn't quite hit is *real life* adventure. The adventures are realistic (no supernatural artifacts like Indiana Jones), but most of them take place in fictional countries. They also take place in the 1870s, so there's a fun historical aspect.(less)

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Veronica ⭐️
Finally a young adult book for girls interested in marine life, geography, history and real life adventures. Not a ghost, angel or vampire in sight. Quite refreshing!

Kitty Hawk is a 19 year old adventurer. She has her pilots licence and wants to study the feeding habits and migration patterns of whales off the coast of Alaska. She receives sponsorship from an adventure clothing company and flies from her home in Tofino, Canada to Juneau, Alaska where she will stay with family friends.
As the stor
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Brenda
Kitty Hawk had loved to fly for as long as she could remember – now as a seventeen year old she decided before settling down to university she would indulge in her love of flying and adventure. Her parents had always supported Kitty, and when she told them of her plan to fly to Alaska to study humpback whales, plus the fact she already had a sponsor, they helped bring it all together for her.

When Kitty left her Canadian home of Tofino in her De Havilland Beaver seaplane she hopped from one refue
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Olivia-Savannah  Roach
I was eager to read Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold seeing as I had already read The Dragon of the Month Club by the same author and really enjoyed the creativity behind that one. I have to say, this novel wasn’t quite as good as this one, but it still an enjoyable read. You have to be appreciate Kitty Hawk as a character.

What I loved the most about this story had to be how much of an adventure it truly was. There’s no doubt this one can be pegged under this genre. But at the same tim
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Aimee
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I received a copy of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold from a publicity agent for the author to review. (I think that’s the right term??)

There were parts of this book that I think are great for girls to read. Like the adventure, a strong female heroine and marine life. It’s set in our world so there are no vampires or faeries which I thought was a nice change. I mostly read fantasy books. Maybe I need to mix up my genres a little more. There was a mystery to the story too which kept me
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haley
Feb 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
DNF around page 255

I received a free ebook copy from the author/publicist in exchange for a review.

Honestly? This book has a great premise but it was so disappointing.

I didn't particularly like Kitty. She's 18, but acts really young for her age. She often has internal conversations with herself that irritated the hell out of me and she just feels really immature. All the other characters were flat too.

The plot wasn't keeping me interested either. Maybe it's the way it was written, or maybe it's
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Uma  ♥ Books.Bags.Burgers.
(A huge thanks to the publicist and the author for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

CHARACTERS

Kitty is the star of the book and the entire story is from her perspective. The thing I loved the most about Kitty is that she has these conversations with herself which was so relatable! She argues with herself which is something I do a lot! Also it was wonderful to see a main character who liked geography and biology. It's not everyday that YA books have such
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Sherry Fundin
I loved this wondrous adventure story that I won some time ago, about a young girl flying the Alaskan skies, where she makes the most unlikely friends and learns that life is not black and white, and things are not always what they seem.

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Yesha
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r, ya, fiction
Note: I received this book from the author via Kelsey @bookpublicityservices, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got chance to read this book.

Okay everyone, buckle your seat belts. Charlie Foxtrot Kilo Tango Yankee is ready to fly. Isn’t that name is cool? That’s Kitty’s trusty seaplane De Havilland Beaver. You seeing the one in red and white on the cover? That’s it. I so loved it that I want fly with her in that plane.

Loved this book right from the very beginning. Book is all about K
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Erin Sky
I wanted to like this book so badly. I LOVED the premise. Nancy Drew with an airplane! But it just wasn't what I hoped. There were too many places where the plot and story structure didn't work for me. But it's gotten some decent reviews here on Goodreads. If you've read it, what did you think?
Dianne
Adventure! Youthful independence! Mystery and the chance to travel far and wide! Sounds like the perfect set up for fantastic reading for pre-teens, teens and even adults! Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading unleashes a young and independent teen on the world of adventure as she flies her own plane to study whales in Alaska! I’m not sure what reader, young or old wouldn’t love to have their own adventure like Kitty’s, so hop aboard, prepare for takeoff, some history lesson ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
MY RATING: 4/5 STARS
I was provided a complimentary copy from the author & marketing team in exchange for an honest review. 

Okay, so I know what a lot of you guys might be thinking. I normally don't reach for books like this one and you guys make a fair point. I reach for steamy romances, young adult contemporaries, or like my newly discovered love--young adult fantasy novels. It is also within fair reason why I would personally be hesitant about reading this on in particular. 

And I may have
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Danielle Steenrod
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This harsh and wild land of the north and all its adventure had infected my soul, and I would never be the same again."
-Iain Reading, Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the first book in a young adult adventrure series. Kitty Hawk is a recent high school graduate who decides to spend her summer flying her seaplane over Alaska studying humpback whales. She writes to her favorite outdoors clothing company asking for sponsorship money in order
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Laura
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publicist and the author, Iain Reading, for gifting me with a copy of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold in exchange for an honest review!

1. The characters. The characters were one of my favorite parts of this book. Frist and foremost, Kitty. I loved her personality, her weird humor, her adventurous spirit, and her strange conversations she would have with herself. It was so relatable how Kitty would have conversations with herself in her own head. She would argue with h
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Amanda Thompson
3.5/5 stars
PG-13 for mild language throughout
Recommend to readers looking for realistic, historical adventure stories. Also for fans of strong heroines and little to no romance.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the author and Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a fun adventure with plenty of history and daring, featuring a great and capable heroine, but a little heavy-handed on facts and details.

What initially struck me
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Vikki P
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a Review Copy of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of Yukon Gold from the publicist/author in exchange for an honest review.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of Yukon Gold is the first book in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency by Iain Reading. As the description above implies, Kitty Hawk has a very Nancy Drew vibe to her which was why I was pretty excited about reading this book! I’ve always been a big fan of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and all the childhood classics of the sort and I was looking forwa
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Plot Monster
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading has 262 pages and was originally published in 2012 by Amazon Digital Services.

Thank you to the author, Iain Reading, for generously providing a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a fun interesting novel, probably best suited for middle-grade and teen readers.  It has a great "girl power" theme that I think will resonate well with young ladies learning to find confidence and beli
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Jadzia
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jadzia by: book publicist
*This book was sent to me by the author/publicist in exchange for an honest review

I had a lot of hope for this book, when I started reading it. The premise sounded interesting, I’d never really read an adventure themed book before, and the reviews were pretty much all positive. I’d say, overall, it had potential and wasn’t bad, but didn’t quite cut it for me.
There were a few typos and grammatical errors, but there’s at least one or two of those in every book I’ve ever read, and I wasn’t asked t
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Ruzaika
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received from the author and Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review.

Another version of this review can be found here

When I received a review request for this book, the first thing that drew me towards it is it's comparison to Nancy Drew, which I absolutely loved and devoured in years past. I loved Nancy Drew, I loved how strong, independent and fearless she was, and I loved everything she stood for. So going into this book, I expected a kickass female character to add to my lis
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Jillyn
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wasn't too sure what to expect when I first started reading, but soon I was swept up in Kitty's adventures.

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
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Amy
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. The summary got me curious, but I didn’t really have an idea what to expect and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. Turned out, I didn’t need to worry, because I loved it a lot!

Every proper story has both a protagonist and an antagonist- at least that’s what we learned in Mrs. Cox’s English Class. I suppose that makes me the protagonist- the heroine. (Aren’t we all heroes in the stories of our own lives?)

Canadian girl Kitty Hawk has
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Margaret Madden
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 Bearer seaplane. She is going to do some humpback whale research. During this research trip she discovers a fishing boat that crosses her route often and decides to follow it. She then finds out, near the Dyea Ruins in Skagway, Alaska, that the fishing boat passengers are gold thieves. This discovery brings Kitty to climb the Chilko
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Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Kitty is a 19-year-old pilot on a summer mission to observe humpback whales in Juneau, Alaska, when she stumbles across the path of some gold thieves and is forced on a trek through the Alaskan wild as their captive.

Move over, Nancy Drew! I have a new favorite teen detective! This book ended up being so much more amazing than I ever expected, with an adventurous plot full of twists and turns, compelling and complex characters, and clever dialogue.

The plot really surprised me several times. I was
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Alexandra
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Thank you to Book Publicity Services and the author, Iain Reading, for providing me with free copy of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

If you were a fan of Nancy Drew but thought the only thing missing was a bit more adventure-look no further than Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold! Kitty is a brave young pilot with the desire to prove herself. She leaves her small Canadian fishing village to spend the summer in Alaska s
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Leila Tarek
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kitty Hawk is a middle-grade novel and although there are some middle-grade books that I don't find enjoyable anymore, this one has gladly not been one of them. I genuinely enjoyed the sassy badass Kitty Hawk and all the characters around her, and how she was so interested in so many things and never gave up on her dreams.

The book starts out with her getting funding for her research about whales and I need to take a moment (or a few, actually) to appreciate how hard the author worked on this boo
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MARIA NAVARRO
This was a good read, some parts were to slow but still a good story.

Review to follow
Connie
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Read this review and more over at my blog, The YA Book Thief!

Before I start off, a big thanks to Book Publicity Services and Iain Reading for providing me a copy for review! This review's rather belated, and I'd like to apologize for that and thank everyone for their patience. If you didn't catch it on my blog, here's an excerpt from this book!

So this was a pretty enjoyable read overall, but I must say right off the bat that the pacing felt off to me. The book starts with two action-packed snip
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Talina | Sassy & Dangerous
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actually rating: 4.5 stars Also reviewed on my blog! http://sassyanddangerous.blogspot.mx/

All I can say is..wow! This book is the first I've read from young adult author Iain Reading and it will not be the last! After five minutes of squealing and dancing around when this book came in the mail, I dove right into it!

The main character is a teenage girl named Kitty Hawk. Fresh out of high school and wanting an adventure, Kitty decides she wants to spend her summer studying humpback whales in Alask
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Marissa Nicole
In an attempt to finally beat my reading and reviewing slump (yes, it has been going on since basically the start of junior year), I decided to read the books I have received from authors and publishers to start getting engaged in reading again. Because of this, I picked up Kitty Hawk and the Curse of Yukon Gold to begin my journey back into book blogging. Even though I have not read a more middle grade than young adult novel in a fairly long time, I did enjoy this book and thought that it was a ...more
pearl.
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
*I received a copy from the author/publicist in exchange for my honest review*


First Thoughts


While Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold didn't really fit into the genre of books I love to read most, I still enjoyed it! The mystery, the witty heroine, and the adventure were quite reminiscent of my favorite detective series from when I was a child-- Nancy Drew!

The story tells of Kitty Hawk, a teen pilot, who travels from her hometown in Canada to Alaska in hopes of studying the humpback whale
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Diane Coto
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
The cover itself provides a kind of summary of the adventures of Kitty Hawk. Her father is a pilot with a local airline in Tofino on Vancouver Island in Canada. She was named after the location where Orville and Wilbur Wright first made their successful flight in history. The cover is a cartoon portrait of Kitty with background components of her adventures – glaciers common to the Alaskan landscape; the floatplane hovering above; and a whale representing her research. When she was but a baby, he ...more
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