No destination is too large or too dangerous for Gannon and Wyatt—the two youngest, bravest, and adventurous explorers in children’s fiction. In TraveNo destination is too large or too dangerous for Gannon and Wyatt—the two youngest, bravest, and adventurous explorers in children’s fiction. In Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Egypt, these two daring, charismatic, and humorous boys return to conquer another continent. They wind up facing some of their toughest obstacles, yet, but as usual they are up for the challenge. This installment reads like an Indiana Jones adventure for kids, full of action and mystery, as well as interesting facts about another piece of the world young readers can enjoy vicariously through the pages of a book. Like the growing collection of the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series, this story offers an appealing reading experience geared toward young readers that cannot be found anywhere else. TWGW Egypt shines with fun, funny, and purposeful writing that will especially hook and hold the attention of kids in the 9-12 year-old range. ...more
This book should be popular, especially among teenage boys who love a fast-paced, action-packed read. I'm assuming it will be an easy sell to reluctanThis book should be popular, especially among teenage boys who love a fast-paced, action-packed read. I'm assuming it will be an easy sell to reluctant and avid readers, alike. The first page puts the reader right in the middle of some intense action that seems to never stop until the final page (and even then, you can't wait to move onto the second book in the series). A review on the back cover reads, "A thriller that reads like a teenage version of 24...an adrenaline-pumping adventure." Right on the money!...more
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 rubPatti 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 of exotic animals and fascinating nature, and plenty of doses of suspense-inducing peril!
When I was younger I watched Dave Matthews play a small show long before his band became famous. I remember telling my friends, "Have you listened to Dave Matthews? His music is amazing! He's going to be famous someday!" As I turned the pages of "Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana," I felt a similar enthusiasm. This book is the first in what will surely become a wildly popular series that will first fulfill and then exceed Wheeler's goal of instilling a spirit of exploration in young people. These books will also serve to educate children about wildlife conservation and help them gain a deeper appreciation for nature and animals. Equally important, you can bet that teachers and parents, alike, will love having kids reading these books because they will help spark a love of reading in children as Gannon's and Wyatt's venturesome accounts will keep readers on the edge of their seats!
Patti Wheeler will tell you that "the world is your classroom." And her twin teenage boys may very well wind up being your teacher! Explore the world. Learn about wildlife. Laugh one minute and hold your breath the next. This family is tapping into unchartered territory and this series is the real deal! I will not be the least bit surprised when I turn on Discovery Channel one day soon and see that this exciting book series has become a hit TV show. In fact, if I was a TV producer, I would move quickly to sign a deal with this family of fearless, funny and groundbreaking travelers! ...more
I'm sure a lot of today's students can relate to issues Jerry Renault and other characters faced in the story, including peer pressure and weighing thI'm sure a lot of today's students can relate to issues Jerry Renault and other characters faced in the story, including peer pressure and weighing the desire to fit in against the importance of sticking to your beliefs. With a backdrop of sports and the inclusion of a secret society, I would think young adult readers would enjoy most of the story.
This is the first of Robert Cormier's stories that I've read. I can see how he's considered somewhat of a trailblazer in young adult literature. While this wasn't a pageturner, I didn't care for the vulgar language, and I considered it even a bit anti-climatic at the end, I still found the overall work of The Chocolate War to be engaging and believable enough to get through fairly quickly.