Written in tradional historic journal style, Travels with Gannon and Wyatt is a middle-grade adventure series written by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet. The series include: Botswana (released May 2013), Great Bear Rainforest (released October 2013), and Egypt (to be released January 2014). The novels entertain the reader through adventures of explorations, promoting world geography, and examining a variety of cultures and wildlife.
My favorite of the series is Botswana, where we first meet Gannon and Wyatt. These two homeschooled boys bounce around the world thanks to their mom’s job as a flight attendant and their father’s work as an artist. In my opinion, they live the life I only dreamed of as a child.
I enjoyed the photos of Africa through out the book as well as important geographical knowledge. As an educator, I could see a class reading this book to gain perspective as well as cultural knowledge on forgein lands. And again, written through the view of middle school aged boys, these stories offer a glimpse not only into the landscape of a village but also the tickings of a child’s mind. I believe this helps to connect a young reader, building similarities between reader and main characters.
As my son and I read through the books together, he shared information he knew about the different places, making his own connections, however, I was able to witness just how little knowledge he did have about different areas and cultures. I guess I figured with the abundance of resouces we have in our area, our children would be more knowledgeable on other countries but in reality he seems more sheltered. These stories have allowed us to take a look at different people and their beliefs while keeping it entertaining enough to hold an 11 year old boy’s attention.
Overall the books are well made and designed, each one is hardback, printed on thick paper to authenticate the journal style writing. The stories are around 150 pages, long enough for a preteen or even a book to be read together as a family. Even my younger kids enjoyed listening to the stories and I look forward to the time when they will reread these stories for themselves. Each book sells for around $12.95 and is geared toward ages 9 – 12.
Travels with Gannon and Wyatt have also teamed up with the Youth Exploration Society to donate one book for every one book sold. The Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series can be purchased through Amazon and Barns & Noble, or you could win your own copy here. Also check out the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Facebook page where three Kindle Fires are being given away through out November. Check it out to win and Happy Travels!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.