Monday, June 24, 2013

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana by Patti Wheeler & Keith Hemstreet

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana by Patti Wheeler & Keith Hemstreet
Greenleaf Book Group Press
ISBN:  978-1608325856
Published May 28, 2013
Hardcover, 160 pages

My son and I are really excited about a fictional new series for middle-graders about twin brothers Gannon and Wyatt who travel around the world and log their fun adventures in journal format. The books are based on the real-life adventures of Gannon and Wyatt. You can read their blog and look at photographs, and video footage from their real-life expeditions at

In their first book, Gannon and Wyatt travel with their parents for a family vacation to Botswana for an Africa safari. After they find out that a poacher has shot and wounded a lioness, they set off into the wilderness of the Kalahari Desert to try to save the mother and her cubs before the poacher finishes the job. They come face-to-face with Africa's Big Five--elephants, rhinos, cape buffaloes, leopards, and lions. But the most dangerous is man himself as they track the poacher who is bent on getting his illegal loot no matter what.

The book is written in alternating journal entries. Gannon is impulsive and a people watcher. His descriptions of the African bushmen were insightful and fun to read. Wyatt is organized and scientific, mapping out the exact locations of their exploits with a precision that is funny when compared to Gannon's lack of it. The brothers are close, are homeschooled, and have travelled since they were very young. My son loved their adventures, thought they were brave, and has been inspired to get his own journal to log his own adventures. This started a search on the internet for a boy's journal with lock and key, which I did order and which my son is anxiously awaiting.

This book was perfect for my 9 year-old son who loves animals and adventure stories. The fact that the story was written from the point of view of twin brothers was also a winner for my son who loves the adventures of Zack and Cody from the TV shows The Suite Life and Suite Life on Deck. We look forward to reading Book Two in this series as the twins set our for the Great Bear Rainforest. I highly recommend this series for all lovers of the animal kingdom and action-adventure novels.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.

Reviewed by Laura & Son

Disclosure: Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me an e-ARC book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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