Saturday, August 23, 2014

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

About the Book:
Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty's journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas. 

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn about and experience as much of our amazing world as they can - just like Kitty Hawk herself.
My Thoughts:
*I received this book for review from the author's publicist but this in no way affects my thoughts as expressed in this review*
It's very rare these days when I can say that a second book in a series is as good as the first. With Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost I can happily call it an exception. I just love this series so far! I am far past the age middle grade books are written for, seeing as I will be turning 18 in September, and yet it seems to me like this book really isn't just written for that crowd. The Kitty Hawk books are some of the rare ones in that they are good, clean and fun to read no matter the age. Whether it's reading a bit each night to a little one who can't yet handle chapter books themselves, to middle schoolers still discovering a love of reading(and to help reluctant readers develop one) all the way up to me a girl in my late teens.
I just love Kitty Hawk, even more so now than in the first book. The characters Mr Reading creates are all fun and approachable. These books truly belong on the shelves of young readers, I cannot rave about them enough. People ask me sometimes why I still occasional choose to read middle grade and I always say "why not?" without really thinking about it. Now that I really am sitting here and writing this review I have to say I have an idea. I've never really been a person to take genre into consideration anyways. If it sounds good, I'll read it. Looking at middle grade as a whole, though, I think it's because there's just not much stress in trying to conform to what's popular. Despite highly successful books like the Percy Jackson series and the Harry Potter series you just really don't see a whole, whole lot of middle grade. So, it's always different every time. The characters sit at that age that is just really fun to read about. Kitty Hawk has to be one of the greatest characters I can recommend a young girl(or boy!) to read about right up there with Daisy from Daisy and the Pirates. She knows what she wants and she goes for it. She's a highly intelligent young girl and she doesn't let anyone stomp on her dreams, whatever they may be. I have a strong feeling that one day(as far in the future as this may be)when I have my own children, the entire Kitty Hawk series will be one of the series that graces their bookshelves.
Over all, I recommend these books for kids of any age looking for a great read. These books are fun, educational and just put a big ol' smile on your face and have you ready for the next one. Love Kitty Hawk!

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