Book review: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

Author: Iain Reading

Genre: Middle Grade Adventure

No. of pages: 262

Published on: 30th November 2012

Format: Paperback

My ratings: ★★★★★/5

"It's amazing how fear works, isn't it? How the worms of self-doubt can wiggle their way into your brain and convince you of the most ridiculous and impossible things?"


This book is amazing. But, before I start talking about the book, I need to discuss the plotline of this super fun adventurous book.

Kitty Hawk is a girl in her late teens who loves flying around in her De Havilland Beaver seaplane. She decides to leave her home in the fishing village of Tofino situated in the Western coast of Canada, and flies her seaplane to Alaska to study humpback whales.

In Alaska, her whale-watching tour operator friend Glen introduces her to the story of the Yukon Gold rush and she is highly intrigued. When she sees a boat riding too low into the water, she knows that something is up with the boat and decides to investigate…alone!

Thus begins Kitty's incredible adventure with the four Lewis brothers Charlie, Buck, Jay and Will, the owners of the boat. Kitty gets caught by Charlie while sneaking up to them and on overhearing their conversation she comes to know that their boat is stored with stolen gold. So they capture her and takes her on their quest to deposit the gold.

Kitty sums up her adventure as she defines herself towards the end of the book:

"The Kitty Hawk who got herself kidnapped trying to chase down gold-stealing criminals and spent days and nights painfully tied up as their prisoner. The Kitty Hawk who had climbed to the summit of the Chilkoot Pass. The Kitty Hawk who survived running out of fuel in midair and safely landed her plane on a fast moving and powerful river. And the Kitty Hawk who had chased down the armed and dangerous (and crazy) Alaska Jack, dodging shotgun blasts, flying like a stunt pilot over the tree tops and mountain slopes and bringing her plane in for a landing on a narrow highway at the Top of the World."

Hop along with Kitty Hawk and explore the legacy of the great Yukon curse!

About the protagonist:

The book blurb reads that Kitty Hawk is a cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking. But I would say that she is much more than that. For a teen, she is extremely brave and has a heart devoid of greed. In this tough world, Kitty Hawk is an example of living freely, doing what you love and sheer determination. I adored Kitty Hawk as much I loved Nancy Drew as a middle school student.

Writing style:

Iain Reading has written an absolute enjoyable read. His book can be enjoyed both by children who are looking for an adventure and adults who are still hoping for an adventure!
Kitty's conversations with herself is funny and the Kitty's narration of her adventures is very appealing, both to the young and the old.

About the book:

Did I already say that the book is amazing? Along with being amazing it is enthralling, gripping, terrific, stupendous, adventurous and every imaginable adjective possible. After a few chapters I was like, okay, let me strap on my seatbelt and get ready for the adventure that Kitty is about to undertake. The book has elements of twists and a very interesting back story. Kitty's take on her adventure is a very matured and I loved it. The book is informative, as it talks about the historical events of the infamous Yukon Gold rush and it also puts forward some facts about humpback whales and its migratory course. I am passing on this book to my younger brother, who, I am sure will enjoy the book as much as I did. I highly recommend it to all book lovers of all age and librarians as I feel that this is one book that should be in every children's library.

About the author:

Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to

I received a review copy from the author in exchange of an honest review. 


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