Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

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 intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

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!

Review:

As the synopsis says, Kitty Hawk is a great combination of Pipi Longstocking, Nancy Drew, and Amelia Earhart. Her character is adventurous, fun, and most girls that find themselves reading her stories will certainly enjoy themselves!

As I read this particular novel, I felt like it targeted an audience between the ages 10 to 13 or 14 even though the main character is much older (19 I believe), just because of how it is written and the way the storyline unfolds. Though I certainly enjoyed the story and know some much older teens and young adults who would also enjoy a clean adventure novel, so it depends entirely on the reader.

I really liked all of the history, geography, marine science and classic literature that was included! Because this novel takes place in the Yukon, where Jack London gathered his inspiration for his masterpieces, I was thrilled to be introduced to some history about one of my favorite authors as well as many other poets and writers.

There are some “high-school” references, such as “Toby broke my heart in the 9th grade” and different conversations that some parents may want to steer their tweens away from, but this is definitely a clean book overall. My only complaint is that God’s name was used in vain many many times throughout the entire book.

I give Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold 5 out of 5 stars and most definitely recommend it as some good reading material for the upcoming school year (home-schoolers’ *wink wink*)!

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It’s My Life by Melody Carlson

This is a guest review, read and written by Sophia Marie, who blogs at Teens Live for Jesus. For a full bio and links to her personal sites, please progress to the end of the review.

The Synopsis:

Typical Caitlin: “Dear God, it seems I’ll never get this right. One minute I think I’m doing pretty well, and the next thing I know I’m having totally selfish and shallow thoughts. How long will it take for me to really change?”

Sophia’s Review:

Best friend? Pregnant. Second best friend? Seriously sick. Ex-boyfriend? Hanging out with someone else.

Caitlin can’t help but worry about all the people in her life. She tries to help, but that takes up SO much time and doesn’t’ even seem to help anyway. And then her parents get all upset with her about what she wants to do after she graduates next year. Seriously? Doesn’t Caitlin have a right to do what she feels God calling her to do? Then again, is that Him speaking – for sure?

It’s My Life explores the topics of mission, dating (or not!), teenage pregnancies, family relationships, and more. The book delves deep into the thoughts of a teenage girl. 

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Guest Review Bonus: Series and Author Information

It’s My Life is the second in the Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin series. The first is Becoming Me; the third, fourth, and fifth are Who I AmOn My Own, and I Do!

For more information on Melody Carlson, visit her website and Facebook page.

About Sophia Marie:

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Sofia Marie is a missionary kid, continuing to explore the expansive world of college. She loves running, reading, writing, and spending time with friends. One of her dreams is to become a high school teacher who is always there for her students. Sofia Marie’s blog, Teens Live for Jesus, includes devotions, quotes, discussions on music, and over 70 book reviews for Christian fiction and nonfiction.

Here’s Lily by Nancy Rue

This is a guest review, read and written by Sophia Marie, who blogs at Teens Live for Jesus. For a full bio and links to her personal sites, please progress to the end of the review.

The Synopsis:

A new start. A lady from a modeling agency came over to Lily’s school and showed the sixth-graders how to take care of their body. For once, Lily didn’t feel like a giraffe. She felt special, no matter what Shad or her brothers had to say. And then that lady asks her to try out for modeling classes. Could life get any better? Lily is getting more and more poise with every class, and she loves passing on lessons to her friends. But even more Lily just can’t wait until the show! Won’t Shad be amazed! He won’t ever make fun of anyone again. What could go wrong, right?

Sophia’s Review:

Typical Lily: “Lily’s brother Art said Lily’s hair always looked like it was enough for thirty-seven people the way it stuck out all over her head. But most important of all, Reni was as petite and dainty as a toy poodle, not tall and leggy like a giraffe. At least that was the way Lily thought of herself. Even now, as they walked into the library, Lily tripped on the wipe-your-feet mat and plowed into a rolling rack of books.”

Here’s Lily is a great middle-school book that dives into the issue of self-esteem. Lily learns that it’s not about makeup or hairstyle. It’s not even really about self-confidence and being assertive. It’s about being confident in who God made one to be! Lily can only get through the hard times with God’s help, and she learns to trust Him.

Here’s Lily is the first in the fourteen-book Lily series. For more on Nancy Rue, visit her website and Facebook page.

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About Sophia Marie:

sophia-28Sofia Marie is a missionary kid, continuing to explore the expansive world of college. She loves running, reading, writing, and spending time with friends. One of her dreams is to become a high school teacher who is always there for her students. Sofia Marie’s blog, Teens Live for Jesus, includes devotions, quotes, discussions on music, and over 70 book reviews for Christian fiction and nonfiction.

My Name is Chloe by Melody Carlson

This is a guest review, read and written by Sophia Marie, who blogs at Teens Live for Jesus. For a full bio and links to her personal sites, please progress to the end of the review.

The Synopsis:

Typical Chloe: “Some people think I am dark. I suppose they’re a little frightened by me. By my appearance, or my opinions, or the way I look them straight in the eye without blinking or turning away, or even my music, which can be, I suppose, unsettling.”

Chloe likes being different. She likes the way she looks, even if it throws some people off. Like her mom, who keeps pressuring her to be more mainstream. Or Tiffany, who seems bent on taking Chloe down. But Chloe is confused and bewildered inside. While jamming with her friends, she finds herself being pulled two directions. Which out of the two, Wicca or Christianity, provide more answers?

Sophia’s Review:

My Name is Chloe is a story full of hope. Chloe finds peace through acknowledging Christ as Lord of her life, but that doesn’t just make all the problems go away. From bullies to mad friends, Chloe learns that, no matter how hard the trial, God will direct her path. The book deals with serious issues like bullying, conforming, Wicca, and relationships with parents.

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Guest Review Bonus: Books by the Author/ Series Information

My Name is Chloe is the first in the Diary of a Teenage Girl: Chloe series. The rest of the books are Sold Out, Road Trip, and Face the Music.

For more information on Melody Carlson, visit her website and Facebook page.

About Sophia Marie:

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Sofia Marie is a missionary kid, continuing to explore the expansive world of college. She loves running, reading, writing, and spending time with friends. One of her dreams is to become a high school teacher who is always there for her students. Sofia Marie’s blog, Teens Live for Jesus, includes devotions, quotes, discussions on music, and over 70 book reviews for Christian fiction and nonfiction.

 

Meeting of the Mustangs by Cathy Kennedy

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

A black colt is born into a band of wild mustangs and soon learns that life can often be difficult. Follow his story as he goes from a free spirit to being captured for profit, and find out how one man gains the trust and extreme loyalty of a very special horse.

Review:

Fans of the popular Disney movie Spirit would absolutely love this story of a black colt as he goes through life as a free stallion across the wilds of the U.S.

The storyline is adventurous and will certainly keep the reader’s attention. The chapters are small enough to entertain younger readers with small attention spans but contain a good amount of substance to entertain the older audience. Though the intended audience is young teens and tweens, some of the content may be too emotional for the younger  animal lovers. To prevent spoilers, I won’t say anything else, however this book can be equally as emotional as the referenced Spirit. 

Overall, Meeting of the Mustangs is an excellently written book and I recommend it to horse lovers between the ages 10 and 14. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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