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Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Great Bear Rainforest by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet

Travels with Gannon  and Wyatt: Great Bear Rainforest by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet
Greenleaf Book Group Press
ISBN: 978-1608325887
Published: October 1, 2013
Hardcover, 192 pages

In June my son and I reviewed Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswanathe first book in this 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 travelswithgannonandwyatt.com.)

In Book Two: Great Bear Rainforest, Gannon and Wyatt trek to the Western coast of Canada in search of the mythical spirit bear. They are invited on an expedition aboard the Pacific Yellowfin, along with famed environmental scientist Dr. Brezner. When members of the crew go explore the island of the Great Bear Rainforest and don't return, Gannon and Wyatt decide to go searching for them. The island proves to be quite the adventure teeming with wildlife, such as bears and wolves. With the help of Alu,a girl who is one of the First Nations people and  who also knows the island like the back of her hand, the brothers uncover a sinister plot and learn how valuable such an island is to the environment.

Once again, my son and I truly enjoyed Gannon and Wyatt's adventures. We love the format of this book written in alternating journal entries. Like the previous book, there were suspenseful moments of awe and danger. The brothers were brave, although it was clear that without Alu, they would not have survived. We felt we got to know Gannon and Wyatt better in this second novel, as they kept true to their character traits and bonded even more as brothers. My son and I also learned about a part of Canada we were not at all familiar with.

This series is perfect for the middle-graders who loves animals and action-adventure stories. We can't wait to read more in this exciting series.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read. There are some scenes with bad guys who have guns.

Reviewed by Laura & Son

Disclosure: Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for sending us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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