Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana
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Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana

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Winner of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards

When Gannon and Wyatt arrive in Botswana for an African safari, they find themselves tangled up in much more than a family vacation. 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 am...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Greenleaf Book Group Press (first published 2010)
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Mr. Z
Patti Wheeler’s passion for traveling the globe is ingrained into her children's DNA, and Keith Hemstreet's award-winning writing skills have also rubbed off on these articulate boys. Wheeler's twin sons, Gannon and Wyatt, have been traveling to all corners of the world since they were in car seats. Now charming and charismatic 15 year-olds, world explorers Gannon and Wyatt have documented some amazing expeditions that combine stories filled with fun-loving adventures, educational descriptions o...more
Randee Baty
I spent 16 years as a homeschool mom and I wish this book had been available when my children were still in school! I would have used it to introduce many topics and areas of study. It would make learning geography, science and history fun!

Twin brothers, having a mom who works for a an airline and a father who is a international artist, have a lot of opportunity to travel the world. This adventure takes them to Botswana and into the battle to protect wildlife from poachers. It's written in a fir...more
Dianne
Based on the real life adventures of two brothers, Gannon and Wyatt, whose parents have had the ability and foresight to share the world with their sons, Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana will take its reader into the heart of the African bush in all of its mystery, danger and glory. Imagine having been near wild animals in their natural habitat, then to experience the ugliness of what poachers are doing to these great beasts. Filled with facts, as well as fancy, the details are fascinatin...more
Julie Maloney
As a mother of a child with dyslexia I find it very difficult to get my son interested in reading. I’ve spoken with his resource teacher and classroom teacher about finding ways to engage him and I was given a list of books to try out. We’ve been having some success, as I have Jacob read the books aloud to me and I’ll assist him with a word when he points to it. When I saw I had the opportunity to involve Jake in a book series I had to take the chance. I asked him before I got the series, as I d...more
Tom Donaghey
BOTSWANA is a great introduction to the Travels With Gannon & Wyatt series. As the name implies, the duo are off for action and adventure to the southern realms of Africa. Written for the 9-12 age group, this book has enough in it to satisfy the adult reader as well.
While on a family vacation to Botswana, our dynamic pair come face to face with the deadliest predators around, namely tigers, lions, cape buffalo, and the human poacher. They try to save a wounded lioness and her cubs from bec...more
Andria
This book is sort of a cross between a biography of Gannon and Wyatt and a story. It is related to their actual trip to Botswana. However, the adventure is so fantastical as to hardly be believeable. I think that if it had been treated less like a biography and more like a story, it would have been a better told adventure story. Or if it had been treated more like a biography and less like an adventure story, it would have been more believeable. However, the authors were trying to get it to seem...more
Clare O'Beara
Twin fifteen year old boys visit Africa with their family and as a home-schooling project they keep journals. First they cross the Kalahari Desert in a small Cessna. The white rhino is endangered by poachers, but they see one at a waterhole, along with wildebeest, kudu and other creatures. The boys can't believe how cold the desert gets at night and next morning visit the Bushmen in their village. But a close encounter with the mother of newborn rhino calves convinces them to treat animals with...more
Tracy Poff
Gannon and Wyatt are twin brothers with a passion for exploration. Wyatt loves to learn about science and the natural world, while Gannon prefers to meet new people and learn about how they live. Their newest adventure has plenty to offer both of them, because they're going to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, home of the Bushmen as well as many different wild animals. When they arrive, though, they learn that a poacher has wounded a lion. Worse still, the lion is a mother, and her cubs won't surv...more
Bluerose's  Heart
**I read the first 2 books before writing any of my thoughts down, so I decided to just do a combination post for both of them. My thoughts were pretty similar for both books.

I can't imagine a young person out there, especially young men, that wouldn't love this series of books! *I* already wish that the next book was out, so I could read it, too. These books provided me with such a wonderful learning experience. I learned about new places and even cultures of those lands. They are packed full o...more
Rhonda


4 STARS

This is my second book I have read in the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. I enjoyed both of them. Gannon and Wyatt are homeschooled.
They get to travel a lot and explore places that I can only dream about. They are real twins who have traveled to the places but their adventures are made up along the way. They tale about real settings, and animals and real problems they have surviving in the wild.

Their family decide to fly to Botswana to go on a African Safari. They can fly for free becaus...more
MartyAnne
TITLE: Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana
SERIES: Travels with Gannon and Wyatt
AUTHOR: Patti Wheeler
PUBLICATION DATE: May 28 2013
AUDIENCE: Especially great for pre-teens and YA
REVIEW:

Their mother is a stewardess, their father a visual artist, and these home-schooled twins don't just learn about the world through books and education! As their mother says, anywhere in the world is but a few flights away. Since their mother is a stewardess, the family takes advantage of the perk of free flights...more
Kathy Davie
A story in the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt children's educational/adventure series. This particular adventure takes place in Botswana in Africa.

This is an ARC provided by the publisher.

My Take
This is clever and great fun. It's a blend of true story and fiction as the authors make use of Gannon and Wyatt's videos, blog, and photographs to tell a boy's life tale. The brothers "also founded the Youth Exploration Society (Y.E.S.), an organization of young people … passionate about making the world...more
Niffer
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. And they threw in a copy of the next book in the series as a bonus. Woohoo!

I probably would really rate this book as more of a 4.5 than a 5--it wasn't life-changingly good--but I liked this book better than the next book and I didn't think the next book deserved only 3 stars.

This was a fun book. I wasn't sure what to expect and actually didn't initially enter the giveaway because the cover reminded me a little too much of the choose you...more
Nancy
This is a book that I won from Goodreads. It is hardcover with a very attractive dust jacket and a DVD. The DVD was very interesting--it includes an interview with Gannon and Wyatt about their trip and footage of animals and people that they saw. The Bonus Features include footage of South Africa and a tour of the prison that housed Nelson Mandela.

Gannon and Wyatt are homeschooled, teenage travelers. Their family travels to many places, the boys keep journals and their mother writes books based...more
Nick Turner
Gannon and Wyatt are fifteen-year-old twin brothers. They have a strong spirit of adventure - they like nothing better than to exploring new places. In this story, the boys get to visit Africa for the first time, travelling to Okavanga Delta in Botswana for a week-long safari adventure. The story (the first Travels with Gannon and Wyatt story) consists of first person journal entries alternating between Gannon's journal and Wyatt's journal.

A list of English-to-Setswana translations of common ph...more
Heidi
Based on the real life adventures of Gannon and Wyatt, this book takes the reader deep into the heart of the African bush. While there the boys see incredible scenery, experience the thrill and excitement of being near lions, rhinos, water buffalo and other wildlife, and run into a poacher. It is very easy for this type of book to come off as just another exaggerated safari adventure story. But it doesn't feel that way at all. In fact, I loved the factual information that the authors integrated...more
Denise Bloomfield
My son and I loved the adventures of Gannon and Wyatt in Botswana and can't wait to read about their next adventures. The book is full of excitement and we liked the way it was done in a diary format with each brother narrating the story. Loved the fact that the twin boys are homeschooled and this seems to be a great series to use for homeschooling.
Angela
First I have a couple of thoughts on the reading level of this book. The book says it is geared to kids 9-12 years old. As an adult, I enjoyed the book. My son who is six but reads on a third-grade level would probably have a hard time. Words like ironic aren't in most nine-year-olds' vocabulary.

This book is adventurous, telling s real-life account of s family trip to Africa, and the plot is full of twists and new experiences. it is well-written--I felt like I was there.
Julie Williams
I will give it to the authors and publishers...they are doing some good marketing of this and the other books in the series. There is a Website and a Book Trailer.

The premise is interesting. Gannon and Wyatt are twins and get to travel around with their parents. The story is told in alternating journal entries. I though it was pretty good - some good action, good suspense, information about Botswana, issues with poachers. Some of the book wasn't really believable...really sending the twins off t...more
Sarah S
tl;dr: Free copy. Wealthy white tourist perspective. Heart in the right place, probably, but shouldn't be taken as Absolute Truth.

Picked an ARC up at ALA this weekend. The title caught my attention. The results were more or less what I expected. This is very much a tourist view, and how neatly the story fits into a plot is a little improbable. I was uncomfortable with some of the choices, the bits about Africa the Dark Continent, the Great White Explorers of the 19th century, and the use of "Bus...more
Jeff Bogle
The joy and excitement exhibited by my 9-year-old daughter while reading all the three of the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt books was palatable (we got an advance of Egypt, due out in Jan '14.) We both agree that this series of adventure books are terrific for both boys and girls and should be a part of any middle grade reader’s literary diet. To see the look in her eyes when discussing her favorite moments or lone sentences that made her laugh or be frightened was precious. As for kids who reco...more
Julie Graves
Travels With Gannon and Wyatt is written in journal form. Gannon and Wyatt are brothers that love to travel and have adventures. My understanding is that this is going to be a series. In this installment the boys went to Botswana.

While tracking a lioness that has been injured by a poacher the boys encounter many adventures in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. They have to continue on foot when their jeep is stuck in water. They encounter elephants, buffalo, lions, snakes and a poacher. They also h...more
Stacey Lucky
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Taryn Raulston
I've been on a quest for some quality middle school literature. The new series by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet is a treasure of educational fiction. "Travels with Gannon & Wyatt" is an adventure/travel series where twin brothers journal about their global expeditions.

In the first book, Botswana, Gannon & Wyatt tell of their adventures in the African Savannah trying to stop a poacher and save an injured lioness.

This series is great for 4th-8th graders. The books have short chapters,...more
TomSS
I won the book Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: The Great Bear Rainforest and also included were Botswana and Egypt. A three-fer!

These books are a mixture of the real life Travels of twin brothers Gannon and Wyatt along with fictional adventures filling out the plot. It would be interesting to know the exact boundary of where the reality leaves off and the fiction picks up. I would like to think the episode with the rhinos and the safari vehicle has some basis in reality. It was such a good event....more
David Caldwell
Gannon and Wyatt are real twins who have gotten to travel all over the world. They decided they wanted to share their experiences with other kids. They came up with stories loosely based on their travels. They have also cofounded a society to encourage young explorers.

This time the twins are off to Botswana for an African safari. They get to meet African Bushmen, get up close to animals like, water buffaloes, elephants, and white rhinos. They even get to try and rescue a lion from a poacher.

The...more
IrenesChristianReviews
Loved this book! I enjoyed the adventure and the characters. I gave this book 5/5 stars! This book is meant for the middle school age child but as an adult I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is filled with information about the setting and animals. I would recommend this book to any over 13 age child who enjoys adventures, animals and history. I could not put the book down and actually read it in one sitting.

I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an hon...more
MaryBeth
Excellent book for boys!
PWRL
May 09, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read
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Stephanie Thornton
This is a great book for grade school kids who

A. Love to read
B. Love to travel
C. Love animals


It's a little young for my daughter (she's only four), but my friend's sons love it and my sister-in-law plans to use it for her read alouds in her second grade classroom. The story is told through the viewpoints of Gannon and Wyatt, plus there are great photographs along the way. This is a great book to broaden kids' horizons and get them interested in life in other countries.
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