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Travel and Adventure - Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading [Review]

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading

(A huge thanks to the publicist and the author for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

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. Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into - and out of - all kinds of precarious situations. This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages - armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.

Kitty Hawk's adventures continue and now she's in Iceland. What is something I ought to talk about right now is how gloriously the author describes Iceland in the book. If you've ever thought Iceland is like a boring place with not much to do or see, FRIEND I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU> It has -- wait, *Shoves book in you face* READ IT.

But honestly, I loved getting to know about the culture and the ways of the people of Iceland too. I always love the wonderful people Kitty comes across due to her traveling. As with the other books, especially the first one, I really liked the family who Kitty stays with. They were kind and provided so much knowledge about the people and the places in Iceland.

As always what I loved the post about Kitty were the inner monologues. I just love how she talks to herself. For me, it makes her ten times more relatable because I do that. A LOT. I'm not sure if it's weird for others, but I absolutely have conversations with myself in my head.

And Kitty has grown from the past two books. The way she deals with the adventure and the mystery she is thrown into shows how much she has grown. She deals with panicky situations with a cool headed, rational thinking. Also the mystery! It was SO good. The author had me guessing till the last moment and I was absolutely flabbergasted by the reveal.

Overall, what I love the most about this series is it's as informative as it's entertaining. It's the kind of book you can read in one sitting. Although there's a LOT of information in the story, - about the places, people, the mystery aspects - I love that there's no info dumping. I also love that the information is provided in a way that we don't forget either. If only my geography books in High school had taken a leaf out of this series!!

Those who have already read Kitty's adventures in books 1 and 2, book 3 is just as amazing, if not more. This is the perfect book that can be read my middle graders as well as adults. It's fun, informative and my favorite part is it focuses on environment conservation and sustainable development. I see this is all Kitty Hawk book sand I applaud the author for talking about these important issues.

Do you like reading books that contains general knowledge along with the story? Do you have any middle grade recommendations for me?