Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Travels with Gannon & Wyatt by Patti Wheeler & Keith Hemstreet



ABOUT THE BOOK

Gannon and Wyatt can't wait to trek into the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the mythical spirit bear, but surviving in this unforgiving wilderness proves more challenging than they could have ever imagined. When members of the expedition go missing, the brothers bravely set out on a search-and-rescue mission. Soon they find themselves lost in a forest teeming with grizzlies, wolves and mysterious gunmen. Guided by the wisdom of the First Nation people, the Gannon and Wyatt uncover a sinister plot and must risk everything to save those who are missing and restore balance to the Great Bear.

In the tradition of the historic journals kept by explorers such as Lewis and Clark, Dr. David Livingstone, and Captain James Cook comes the adventure series Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. From Africa to the South Pacific, these twin brothers have traveled the world. You never know what they will encounter as they venture into the wild, but one thing is certain--wherever Gannon and Wyatt go, adventure is their constant companion.

You can find Gannon and Wyatt s blog, photographs, and video footage from their real-life expeditions at travelswithgannonandwyatt.com.


REVIEW

I absolutely adore this series! Not only are there fabulous characters (based on a real set of twins who travel the world) but the gorgeous settings and adventures that Gannon and Wyatt face are fascinating. My love of wild places and discovery is obviously speaking here, but really the book is well done with enough details to give the reader a strong sense of place, but the adventure of searching for missing people in an unknown setting where help is not readily available was great. 

Gannon and Wyatt are twin brothers who love to explore wild places, but they have very different personalities.  Gannon is the more impulsive of the two who makes it clear that he hates doing chores whether at home or on board ship.  Wyatt is a budding scientist who looks at things very logically which causes problems when he runs into things in the Great Bear Rainforest that don't have a simple or even logical explanation.

I loved the setting and especially the photographs that are included that match the text perfectly.  One of my pet peeves is when photos don't match the text they are matched up with, that isn't a problem here.  They make the story seem all the more believable and real. I seriously wanted to jump into the book and visit the Great Bear Rainforest as I read this.

A great story for those like me who would love to visit such places but are unable to, those who enjoy being armchair adventurers. The website is also great because it has videos as well as more information about the real Gannon and Wyatt. 




ABOUT THE BOOK

After winning a prestigious fellowship from the Youth Exploration Society, Gannon and Wyatt set off on a journey to Egypt. There they study with world-renowned archeologist Dr. Mohammed Aziz, joining him on a quest to find the long lost tomb of the Pharaoh Cleopatra, rumored to hold priceless treasures and secret scrolls containing answers to some of ancient Egypt’s greatest mysteries. But Gannon and Wyatt aren’t the only ones interested in Cleopatra’s secrets. Ruthless tomb robbers are hot on their heels, and the brothers must brave venomous snakes, deadly booby traps, and ancient curses as they find themselves on the verge of a magnificent discovery that could rewrite history.

In the tradition of the historic journals kept by explorers such as Lewis and Clark, Dr. David Livingstone, and Captain James Cook comes the adventure series Travels with Gannon & Wyatt. From Africa to the South Pacific, these twin brothers have traveled the world. You never know what they will encounter as they venture into the wild, but one things is certain?wherever Gannon and Wyatt go, adventure is their constant companion.

You can find Gannon and Wyatt's blog, photographs, and video footage from their real-life expeditions at travelswithgannonandwyatt.com.
REVIEW

Another fun adventure with Gannon and Wyatt, the twin brothers who travel the world.  In this one, the brothers head to Egypt to participate in a search for the burial place of Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian Pharaoh. But along the way the learn a lot about Egypt and the frustrations and dangers of archaeology. Sandstorms, earthquakes, and tomb robbers all interfere with the brother's plans.

Once again I thoroughly enjoyed the details about another place and way of life.  The archaeology details were fascinating as well. With plenty of conflict and adventure the book works great for reluctant readers. The only quibble I had with the book was minor.  The idea that Cleopatra's tomb could be found right when the brothers just happened to be there after others have spent decades looking was a bit unbelievable, as well as all the disasters that hit the group.  But that's a minor quibble considering the book is fiction. Overall a fun read with plenty of action and adventure.


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