I was chosen to review this new middle-grade adventure series called Travels with Gannon and Wyatt written by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet. There are three books in the series, so far. Although they are geared for ages 9-12 (you know that tween set), my almost 8 year old AND the almost 14 year old LOVED them! And to tell you the truth, I enjoyed reading them too.
All the books are written as journal entries from the twin boys (Gannon and Wyatt) which make the sections short and sweet. They each have distinct personalities and write as such. Wyatt is the science-loving practical observer, while Gannon seems to emotionally survey the scene. This allows the reader to really get a very good picture of what they are experiencing as a whole. What made it even more engaging for us, is that they are loosely based on real adventures of these actual twin boys.
The books arrived, and as soon as I unwrapped them, the girls were super excited. Books in this house are like candy. The Bee actually read all three in two days (because she is a book reading machine, I tell you!). She liked the second and the third book the best (and the fact that the boys were so cute~a little insight into what teen girls look for in books. *ahem*). We noticed that each book (although all contained interesting facts) were written slightly different from each other. The first had a lot of the adventure part with near misses and action. The second book was written with a mystery incorporated into the adventure (which appealed to us all). And the third involved a lot of history with the adventure all about Egypt.
Falafel and I chose this one as our favorite. We could really connect to the fact that it took place in Canada, since we just took a trip there this Summer. The terrain described in the book is very similar to what we have in Washington which she could relate to. I loved the Native Culture and Mythology woven into the story. There was a good message in there too.
The books, as a whole, are chock full of factual information cleverly disguised in the words of teen boys. And there is space in back of each book to write your very own travel journal. That was a happy surprise.
And here’s something for you:
A chance to win all three books (total value $38.85)Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series. To enter the giveaway just leave a comment, on this post, telling me what your all time favorite book was when you were a pre-teen/teen. That is it! Oh and this giveaway is only open to US residents (all 50 states). Sorry to my Canadian and overseas friends. I will use random number generator and choose a winner on Friday. Good Luck!
Winner is #3! Congrats Eleanor!
For a chance to enter another giveaway, Three Kindle Fires are being given away on the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Facebook page in November.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.