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

Published by Claim Stake Publishing

Pages: 144

Ages: Middle Grade

Publishers Summary: When explorers Gannon and Wyatt arrive in Botswana for an African safari, they get much more adventure than they bargained for. After receiving word that a poacher has shot and wounded a lioness, they set off into the wild in the hopes of saving the mother and her cubs before the poacher finishes the job. While on this amazing journey, they encounter all of Africas Big Five: elephants, rhinos, cape buffalos, leopards, and lions only to discover that the most dangerous predator in the African bush is not the king of beasts, but man himself.

Take a trip on an African safari with Gannon and Wyatt, only teenagers themselves, but already world travelers. Their journey begins easily enough with a quick plane ride and a meeting with a local guide. Before long though, both Gannon and Wyatt as well as their parents and guide are off on an adventure to save a mother lion and her cubs before the arrival of a poacher who could potentially harm not only the lions, but them as well. Told in journal format this adventure keeps the action coming page after page leaving you wondering exactly who will survive in the African bush.

How would you like to come face to face with this gorgeous creature:

Well, in Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana, they do. And not too long after arriving in the wondrous African bush. Around every turn there is something else to discover and a new world to enjoy. This is exactly why Gannon and Wyatt’s parents have decided to live the life they do. Home-schooled by their mother, Gannon and Wyatt receive the finest education a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world can buy. See, their mother works also for the airlines and happens to be able to travel for free (along with anyone in her family). Not only this, but both of their parents believe that the best type of education should be a “hands on” experience. So when they suggest learning about Africa or Antarctica for that matter they hop on a plane and set out for adventure and education.

This was an incredible read. Not only was the pace extremely quick it was also a book I feel younger readers will not only enjoy, but learn something from and be entertained at the same time. What I really enjoyed was the way in which the story was told. Each of the boys kept a journal during their travels and now at home they’ve combined them into this book along with pictures as well. The journaling format makes the story flow extremely well and it also gives you sense for each boys personality. It also allows you to experience different things depending on who is “speaking”. For example, Wyatt is much more of a specifics type of person – documenting everything down to the degrees Celcius it is at the time, but Gannon is much more image oriented – taking in his surroundings and people. Overall it provides the reader with an incredible experience and education.

Young readers will not only devour the fast paced adventure Gannon and Wyatt set off on in the African bush, but they will also learn much about the life of the animals and people that reside there. From lions to rhinos to elephants and much more there is hardly an animal failed to be encountered on this amazing journey. Brilliantly told in a journal format each read will be able to get a sense of what Gannon and Wyatt truly see and feel throughout their time in Africa. This is definitely a book to be shared, especially with young adventurers in need of a great read. The Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana is a book that will leave a lasting impression, and hopefully one that will inspire young readers into a life of conservation as well as adventure.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 9 to 16. Adventure and wildlife seekers will enjoy every page of Gannon and Wyatt’s adventure. Perfect for young readers looking for excitement with a touch of education thrown in.


Thanks to the very generous authors of Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana, Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet, have offered two (2) copies as a giveaway to There’s A Book readers! Thank you so much!

Details: Two winners will be chosen at random after the contest closes for one copy each. You MUST fill out the form below, comments will not count as entries. Only one entry per household. Giveaway is open to US/Canadian Residents only. The giveaway will run from December 02, 2010 until December 12, 2010 midnight EST.

This book was provided for review and giveaway by the authors, Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet. Thank you!
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6 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: Travels with Gannon and Wyatt- Botswana by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet

  1. Gina says:

    First of all…the cover is rather busy but in a good way! It begs you to stop and take notice of every little detail. Second, love the review! It’s great when a book combines a little learning with an interesting story…makes it easier on the little ones while still having fun. Thanks for spotlighting this one, Danielle!

  2. I had to do a report about Botswana from my world geography class in college. It was the worst paper I ever wrote. I can’t even remember what I wrote about. I think I got a C. However, this book sounds like an A !

    P.S. I like the snowflakes!

  3. How coool! This looks like something my nephew might like.

  4. This looks awesome. I’ve been to Uganda and my wife has been to Botswana and South Africa when she was in the Peace Corps.

  5. Doreen Riopel says:

    Thanks. 🙂

  6. Alex Baugh says:

    This looks like a really awesome book. I have want to see Botswana ever since I watched the first ladies detective agency on TV. The area is just so beautiful. I am going to look for this for a young reader on my Christmas list.

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