Book review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost by Iain Reading

Author: Iain Reading

Genre: Middle Grade Adventure

No. of pages: 222

Published on: 10th September 2013

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★★★★/5


Kitty Hawk is a girl in her late teens who loves flying around in her red and white De Havilland Beaver seaplane. Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is the second book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series. In this second book Kitty decides to travel around the world in her seaplane. But before she leaves the Canadian mainland she takes a little detour to spend time in Miami for a family vacation.

Her vacation does not quite fit the description of a 'vacation' as her father makes her and her mother go sightseeing around everywhere possible. This makes her really tired and she decides that she needs a proper vacation for herself and thus she flies to the Florida Keys.

While in Key West, Kitty goes on a visit to Ernest Hemingway's house and later during a night stroll, Kitty comes across the ghost of Hemingway. This arouses her curiosity and she makes sure that she discovers who is behind all of this.

From Key West she travels to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson. Here she meets Jack and Jodi, who are her fellow campers there and they help Kitty around the National Park. When Kitty finds strange glows inside the waters around Fort Jefferson in the middle of the night and strange secretive signals coming from the Fort itself, Kitty knows that some fishy operation is going on. Thus begins Kitty's adventures in the Dry Tortugas.

About the book:

I was excited the moment I got to know that I will be getting the 2nd Kitty Hawk book for reviewing. Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is just as exciting as the 1st Kitty Hawk book. Though I had to drag through the first few chapters of the book, later on, when Kitty smells the trouble and falls into an adventure there was no stopping me. I rushed through the rest of the book. From snorkeling around dangerous barracudas to landing her seaplane in a shark infested area, Kitty Hawk has done all. It's a real adventure that everyone from all ages will love.

Not only adventures, but this book has facts too. I got to know about Ernest Hemingway's life through this book. Thanks to this well researched book, I got to know about the sinking of the 1622 and 1715 Spanish treasure laden ships that are now the most sought after treasure hunts in this world. How else was I supposed to know about the 3rd largest barrier reef in the world world? Thanks to Iain Reading I know enough about it that I can call myself knowledgeable about the 3rd barrier reef. Even his beautiful and accurate description about the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson made me Google its images later.

Writing style:

Author Iain Reading is back with his appealing narrative in the 2nd installment of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series. The best fact about Iain Reading's books are that they can be enjoyed by readers from a wide spectrum of ages. Kitty Hawk is a witty, clever and smart girl who inspires me, even though, literally speaking, she's supposed to be younger than me. She inspires me to dream. Iain Reading also does his researches thoroughly as I have already said before. He even presents these facts in a very interesting way.

Overall, Kitty Hawk makes me want to live her life, a life full of adventures and no worries about the future or what people think of me. Kitty Hawk is the best teenager detective (well, other than Tintin) that I ever came across.

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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