ARCs: Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk's adventures continue with journeys to Key West and Iceland. #spon | A book review by Newbery and Beyond

Note: I received free ARCs of these books in exchange for an honest review. All summaries are via

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost

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.

This sequel to the first Kitty Hawk book takes place in my stomping grounds, so I was really excited to read about Kitty’s Florida adventures. I’ve never been to the Keys, although I only live a few hours away, and reading this book really made me want to visit! Kitty comes across some interesting (possibly crazy) people as she explores Hemingway’s hometown, and when she decides to explore abandoned Fort Jefferson, things get even stranger. Of course, Kitty finds herself in the midst of another mystery.

One thing that the author does so well in these books is make the history and geography of the area come alive. I loved reading about Fort Jefferson in particular–so fascinating! I was not particularly engaged in the mystery of this book, but the setting and Kitty’s character more than make up for that.

Rating: Good but Forgettable

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue

Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls. Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist in side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.

I have to say that this book was my favorite of the Kitty Hawk series so far. It was more action packed than the previous books and really had that Nancy Drew feeling (which, you might remember, is a real compliment from me!). Kitty is far from home here, and she is immersed in Icelandic culture–including rotted shark and mysterious elves. Pretty soon, Kitty is involved in an adventure which places her in real danger in the rugged environment of Iceland.

This book definitely made me want to read the next book in the series. The mystery was intriguing, the action was fast paced, and the setting and characters, as usual, were vibrant. Take a look at this series for some fun mysteries, a spunky main character, and fascinating geography.

Rating: Pretty Darn Good

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I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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