The Adventures of Wilhelm, A Rat’s Tale by Maria Ritter

Adventures of Wilhelm

The Adventures of Wilhelm, A Rat’s Tale by Maria Ritter

Publication Date: August 31st 2018
Publisher: PartnerPress
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Genre: Children’s Fiction / Animals / Travel & Adventure
Pages: 190

Stars: 5/5

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Young Wilhelm leaves home and travels the world. He not only discovers the value of different cultures and the importance of family and friendship, but he also overcomes obstacles with courage and cleverness. He returns home with deep respect for all creatures on this earth and a new sense of rat identity and purpose.


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The Adventure of Wilhelm was anthropomorphic story of travel and adventure, discovering various cultures, food and people with deeper understanding of ways of life from a rat’s perspective. It also told about family, friendship, individual growth and knowledge and helping community to lead better life.

As Wilhelm (Wil) traveled from his home in California to China, Sweden, Germany, France and Italy, he explored famous places, tasted different food, made new friends, learned new languages and found more about his ancestors and rats from all over the world as well as faced the horrors of bad people and animals. He was very smart, clever, and courageous rat who learned about new things, customs, nature and characteristics of people as well as animals aptly experiencing ups and downs during the travel and finding ways to keep going.

Through this story author encouraged travel, experience world, learning customs and celebrations at various places with minimum luggage and finding easy and convenient mode. Author gave new perspective towards despicable animals- such as rats, vultures, crows etc- who helps in cleaning up the mess humans make and how rats are viewed and mistreated by people but also mentioned how like humans there are good and bad sides in rats as well.

It mainly teaches the way of life, how the nature of people and animals are alike, the most important aspect of any being’s life is, food and shelter, without which even the decent animals can turn to violence and by taking care of these necessities a violent animals can turn to decent being.

I liked various facts about stories and places mentioned in the book as well as the translations at the end of each chapters. This book has mesmerizing foreword and preface. It tells more about the book than synopsis or this review can tell. The questions at the end of the book will be fun to discuss and kids would love to find answers to them. It can be a great classroom book and teachers would find many points in the book through which they can teach geography, history, culture as well as moral principles and ethics.

Overall, it was steady paced, informative and insightful travel book with nice illustrations that kids would love to explore. It wasn’t much of fun it’s purely educational and travel book for young reader. Kids will be inspired to record their own travel experience through this book.


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AuthorMaria Ritter

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Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #4) by Iain Reading

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Published: February 15th 2014

Read Date: February 4th 2018

Pages: 320

Genre: Young adult Mystery / Adventure / Treasure Hunt

Stars: 4.5/5

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Charlie Foxtrot Kilo Tango Yankee has departed Iceland after solving a mystery and has arrived to Ireland where young pilot Kitty is doing the embarrassing sumo wrestling at Wasabi Willy’s new restaurant that is funding Kitty’s trip. Here Kitty is offered to solve mystery of hundred years old treasure by Andrew Murdoch, a handsome stranger mentioned in original blurb. There’s some symbolic scribbles and new paper clipping that will lead to the location of that treasure. Andrew’s family is working on clues past 4 generation and figure out what was the treasure but couldn’t figure out where it is.

Kitty is very much dubious that she could do it as she was no mystery solver just pilot and whatever mystery she solved till now was because of trapping herself in such situations. To solve this mystery Kitty travels from Ireland to London. Will she able to solve the puzzle that lead to treasure? And what is that treasure?


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I was wondering why the series was titled Flying Detective agency but hold the thoughts to myself as I knew there are more book in series that will tell me about it and here it was mentioned in this fourth installment.

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic, as title suggests, revolved around Titanic, on its history right from constriction to its tragedy and around Murdoch family as well as Ismay family who were surviving the controversies and taints on their family name since the Titanic Tragedy. Book was about treasure hunt, adventure and so damn good and large amount of interesting facts and stories.

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Kitty- protagonist who narrated the story so interestingly was pretty genius and smart in the book. But she was taking too much risk this time. She involved herself in questionable actions, I must say she scared me little because of that but thank God she got lucky. This little action might change the thoughts of readers, but at the end I like her.

Andrew- he was a handsome guy, trying to solve mystery from the clue his family received many years ago. He was good overall but I didn’t like him for dragging Kitty into danger. He was spoiling our young pilot but looking at the action of Kitty, I guess I’ll forgive him.

I loved little sweet moments between these two. They were cute in between all the tensed unsure moments.

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Sumo wrestling was quite different start from all previous book in which Kitty was traveling from one place to another with stops in between and exploring them and telling her experience about the places. In this, book started directly with Ireland, no in between stops, and the mystery waiting to solve. It started with fast pace and stayed that way till the end.

There were pretty good to know info about titanic that along with Kitty I even didn’t know. It took me very deep into the story with all vivid and accurate details, right from Titanic’s construction at Belfast and it’s museum, premonition stories from survivors, the reason why Titanic sank, act of Californian and Carpathia and to the both British and American held commissions of inquiry on Titanic’s tragedy. It was such jaw- dropping that for few minutes I closed the book and thought about all the things I came to know about Titanic.

If you ever wish to read about Titanic, I suggest to read this book and there is also recommendation by the author that you can get to know more about Titanic and stories around it. Another remarkable thing that I loved in the book was pictures and maps of clues as well as related to things Kitty learned during her adventure. It made it very easy to go along with the story.

“I’ve chased my share of so-called treasures, and I’ve realized that the real treasure in life are the moments like tonight and all adventures that brought us here. Those are the things that make life unusual and special.”

Oh and then London… I got such an exciting tour in London with Kitty- Shakespeare’s globe theater, Abbey Road Crosswalk, London museum, Rosetta Stone and complex Hieroglyphics, oooh and Jack the Ripper tour- pretty cool to know about all of this right? Both characters Katherine and Richard gave such amazing tour to London. The Jack the Ripper tour was so informative with all chilling murders. I didn’t knew about the fact behind ‘Jack Ripper’ name. (Or maybe I read it somewhere and forgot but whatever it was awesome) And the events after that Oh My God! It turned from creepy info to frightened for life to totally funny. This was the best scene in the whole book.

The excitement throughout the book of solving mystery, being chased, running for life was so infectious that I can’t help but get thrilled by reading all those scene. I must say with the travel and info of places, the mystery of this book was so much better than all previous books. This was the best work by author in this series till now and I can see the improvement in everything.

Twist and turns were so interesting in this book that I didn’t want to stop reading the book. Climax was unpredictable and the end was so damn awesome. Such a great surprise it was!

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One small two small things, Kitty’s actions, it might encourage young readers in wrong way but she was guilty for that so I didn’t mind it and hey it’s just story so I’m not pushing on this matter. And another was I was missing Ismay’s reaction or thought at the end or in epilogue. What he did or thought about Andrew’s act at the end?

Overall, it was gripping and thrilling adventure of Kitty in Ireland and London with exciting treasure hunt mystery to solve. I highly recommend this book to all who love puzzles, treasure hunt and history as well as to gain the knowledge of places would love this book.


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Author: Iain Reading

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 http://www.kittyhawkworld.com/

Buy Here: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

*** Note: I received review copy of this book from the author via Kelsey @bookpublicityservices, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got chance to read this book. ***


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Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3) by Iain Reading

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Published: April 19th 2013

Read Date: December 2017

Pages: 306

Stars: 5/5

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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 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.


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Charlie Foxtrot Kilo Tango Yankee has left Key West and continue around the world trip. It halts at No Name Key, visits the town that has the same name as hers in North Carolina, explores cemetery in Halifax, stop at Gander, Greenland and then finally arrives to the rugged mystique landscape of Nordic nation where Kitty immerse in another mystery, Iceland.

Here Kitty learns lot about Iceland. Energy production by geothermal plants and hydroelectric dam Iceland and its use in Aluminum production was the center point of the plot and whole adventure revolved around it.

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is third book in ‘Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency’ series. I suggest to read it in order.

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Kitty was as usual very cool, awe-inspiring, curious 17 old girl that you can’t help but like her. I like her in this book even more than first two because of her monologues and she was little less nosy.

New characters of the book were interesting. I liked Charlie’s friend Konrad and his wonderful family. They were so kind and sweet to Kitty.

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First of all thing I loved that was the same like previous books are-

Cool protagonist and narration in her cool voice, Awesome easy to follow writing, All facts and history about the places Kitty visit which makes this book likeable by larger audience, Adventure, and Some further reading about places at the end of the book, of course all google-able.

The difference in this one from first two book that I liked was-

First, in this one Kitty got into adventure not because of her curiosity but because she was in right place at wrong time. Second, the adventure was more dangerous than first two book. It involved murder, kidnapping, guns, shooting, Kitty running for her life, and then there was elves and hidden people which was pretty interesting. Third, this time she got herself not in middle of treasure but in middle of those in the conquest of power and money, corrupt government and greedy companies.

Human beings seems to be a lot better at finding differences among themselves than animals are.

My goodness, this series is plethora of information. There was loads of info on Icelandic people, culture, literacy, government, food (which was even more interesting), Vikings, weather, volcanos famous places to visit and lot more- some serious facts, some crazy and some wow facts. Best thing to know about Iceland I learned was how unique this country is from other places in the world. I know petty lot about Iceland that I feel like I just came back after spending few months there. Luckily just after reading just this book, I got video rec on Youtube ‘Allan Walker- I want you back’ that was shoot in Iceland and I could recognize all the places I googled while reading this book.

Sometimes these voices inside our heads can be difficult, can’t they, not to mention unsupportive of our ideas.

I liked how author portrayed different views on the use of geothermal energy for aluminum smelters or production of aluminum through recycling and overall environmental damage in both by using Iceland’s resource and without it. It was very cleverly written and also remarkable to convert into the main theme of the book.

You’re going on an adventure… and along the way you will see amazing things and meet amazing people, and most of all you will encounter cultures that will seem very strange and beliefs that are very contrary to yours. And you have to respect those different cultures and beliefs… They are the whole point of going out and seeing the wide world in the first place.

The mystery was not that intense like previous books. It was pretty clear at certain point who was messing with machine at construction site and why. But there was more to it that caught me by surprise in climax.

The end was unique, I liked the way author included whole court scene and of course that speech which was very deep and meaningful. There were many good meaningful lines throughout the book that I liked and I even quoted few in this review as well. Epilogue was also surprising that I suggest not to miss.

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Overall, definitely awesome. Those who loves to travel and adventure and are curious to know more like protagonist of this book and me will love to read this book.


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Author: Iain Reading

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 http://www.kittyhawkworld.com/

Buy Here: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

*** Note: I received this book from the author via Kelsey @bookpublicityservices, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got chance to read this book. ***


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Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2) by Iain Reading

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Published: September 10th 2013

Read Date: December 18th 2017

Pages: 339

Stars: 5/5

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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.


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Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is second book in ‘Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency’ series.

Charlie Foxtrot Kilo Tango Yankee has returned from the summer adventure solving the mystery of Curse of the Yukon Gold (first book) and ready to starts her solo flight around the world in her De Havilland Beaver on the exactly same date Amelia Earhart started her around the world flight in 1937 and will take you across Canada and down to Miami and then Florida Keys, Key West and Fort Jefferson and will solve the mystery of Ghost of Hemingway.

Like the first book, this one also more part history, equal part adventure and so much learning of geographical facts and history, all this in cool narration by teenage protagonist of the book, Kitty Hawk.

This book can be read standalone but I would suggest start from beginning. You won’t miss much of story but you’ll definitely miss the fun knowing about Kitty’s childhood, her hometown, and of course mystery on Curse of the Yukon Gold.

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Kitty Hawk was brilliant throughout the book. Her curious and nosy nature got her into another mystery and also kept it exciting because of her risk-taking nature. I so love this character. Her voice, monologues and spirit was remarkable. Her excitement and curiosity in the book was so contagious that I didn’t want to stop reading about this character. She is my favorite YA heroine.

I loved her father in the beginning of the book for getting her plane ready, planning the rout, supporting her so much. I also liked him during their vacation and definitely for his view for vacation. I’m that kind of person so it was easy for me to like him.

Most people think a vacation is time to relax and take it easy. My father, on the other hand, thinks a vacation is a time to do things, go places, see things, and experience everything. For him, vacations rarely involve taking easy, and they are almost never relaxing.

There were two new characters in the book, Jack and Jodi, like brothers in first book who stayed with Kitty till the end. They were so brilliant and were like Wikipedia in the no internet zone of Fort Jefferson. I liked this duo in the book.

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I’m so happy with this book that I would tell straight away that grab this book series and read on.  

Unique thing about the book is there was prologue and a chapter zero as well. A perfect start of the book that gave the idea on what kind of adventure trouble Kitty was that made me curious to see what put her into that situation. Loved title of each chapter that were justified in the content of it. Oh and that cover is so beautiful and appropriate.

Let’s talk about the best thing of the book that was impressive. This book, in fact this series is so unlike the usual YA adventures. So full of information that you can also mark this book as good study material in fun way. I enjoyed reading all about new places, facts and histories related to those places and places to visit and famous food there all through this story. I felt like I don’t even know world outside India and should have join Kitty to explore the world if she was a real character.

Narration of all places and even from Kitty’s plane were very descriptive and vivid, especially the sea views and underwater world. This adventure felt so real because of real places included with it, I felt like I was living the adventure and visiting all places through words and lines of the book. Writing was great, characters were great and mystery was definitely mind blowing. Super Great!

First few chapters were about Kitty’s preparation with her seaplane, some modifications and installation of new gears, preparing itinerary, marking the map with stay and refueling and taking care of all necessary thing for around the world flight. Then as she started her flight, she took stops before reaching to Miami for vacation with her family which also included visiting more places, more good-to-know info and then little rest and exploration in Key West where she saw Ghost of Hemingway and so started hunt for ghost of Hemingway which lead her to Hemingway’s ship and them to mysterious glow in the water and to very depth of that mystery. Author created great suspense and the mystery was not fully revealed till second half of the book. I loved how Kitty unraveled it one by one and information she got during that part was unbelievably brilliant.

Thing that I loved to learn from this book were, Whale festival, story of Sleeping Giant, Overseas highway and railway bridge, Jefferson Fort and history related to it, Barracudas, Hemingway’s house tour in which the book recommendation was also given for first time Hemingway readers that I bookmarked for future read, Spaniard’s way of transporting treasure and salvation of them from the shipwrecks, world’s greatest treasure hunter and many more that I avoided because of spoiler.

Twists in the book and the end was surprising. I liked to read the facts and little more details about the places mentioned in the book at the end and as mentioned in the blurb, everything was Google-able. Website links were given by author for self-research and for those who are interested in reading things more detailed. 

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Overall, it was fun and interesting underwater and sea adventure. A book for readers of any age who loves adventure and like to explore different places or interested in history.


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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 http://www.kittyhawkworld.com/

Buy Here: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

*** Note: I received this book from the author via Kelsey @bookpublicityservices, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got chance to read this book. ***


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Holiday in Mumbai

I know I’m posting this late. I returned from vacation on 23rd and this week has been non-productive. I was not feeling well and then feeling lazy and then had little cleaning work at home. Trust me even 1 week closed house in India looks terrible. As I said in yesterday’s post I was trying to get into my older schedule but couldn’t. Seeing calendar I’m realizing I’m 3 books behind and had to go back to reading. Today I’m much better and in mood to write post and I so want to get back stats that lost in last 2 weeks.

So what I did in Mumbai. I met my parents… My mom is best cook. She prepared lot of Diwali snacks and carried it to Mumbai for my in-laws and some she packed for me to take to Hyderabad. 

These are Gujarati snacks we cook specially in Diwali (below are pics), so it will sound weird to those who are not familiar with Gujarati food.

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This is called Kochori, I so love this snack.

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Mathiya. She gave me a ready packet that I can fry at home.

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Chorafali. This photo I downloaded from google, I forgot to take pic there.

And also gave so many sweets.

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We did some sightseeing and shopping as well. You will also see decorations and lighting at some places because of Diwali.

This is Upavan lake near my in-laws house.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. This pic is not clear, we took it from car so below is clear pic I downloaded from Google.

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This is how this place looks like in day time.

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Sunset at Marine Drive road.

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Bandra–Worli Sea Link

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Gateway of India

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The Taj Hotel near Gateway. (This pic I took when I went Mumbai last year, so I didn’t take pic this time, but we went again here as my brother has not seen these places, Gateway and Taj)

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Book shopping as I said I found this place in Mumbai called Book Street near Fountain Road. I bought many books in cheaper rate. Those bags were heavy. 😉  This is not my best pic so ignore that look on my face.

Of course I didn’t find many books at this place that I thought I would buy (Eg. books by Sarah J. Mass, Leigh Bardugo, Jay Kristoff). All old, almost new and famous books or books by best selling authors were available but not these authors I mentioned. It annoyed me little, so picked whatever I could get. New released books were also not available that I could understand as most of them were second hand.

There is one very good big shop – ‘Kitab Khana‘, not on street but near this place which was very costly as mostly all books were in hardcover there but I could find all books there. And it was awesome.

And this is all. I hope you all enjoyed this post.

Happy Reading! 🙂