Thank you Greenleaf Book Group for sponsoring this post. Click here to check out the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt book series.
As any casual reader of...moreThank you Greenleaf Book Group for sponsoring this post. Click here to check out the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt book series.
As any casual reader of chasing my Bees can tell, we are a seriously bookish family. When my lovely friends at the Clever Girls Collective had an opportunity to review a middle-grade adventure book series, I hopped right on board.
Greenleaf Book Group has published two Travels with Gannon & Wyatt books so far: an adventure in Botswana, and one in the Great Bear Rainforest. In January, 2014, the latest book, featuring real-life twins, will be published- Gannon & Wyatt in Egypt!
All three of my Bees enjoyed the Travels books. My 9-year old read them outloud to his 4-year old sister, and their middle sister, a 7-year old emerging reader, read all three books on her own. I asked my son, a fourth-grader, to write his own review of the Gannon & Wyatt series. Like a true word nerd, he jumped at the chance to evangelize for his new favorite books. (He's a certified genius child, but he's crap with spelling. I'm typing his report exactly as he wrote it. Because I think it's adorable. I'm such a weird mom.)
Travels with Gannon & Wyatt, by The Boy Gannon and Wyatt: Egypt is an adventure about two boys who travel to Egipt. While there there, they and two other kids go to search for Queen Cleopatra's tomb. While only three got to see it. Overall, the Adventures with Gannon and Wyatt series is a thrilling adventure! My personal thought is that Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet should make more books. I also hope that the REAL Gannon and Wyatt also keep going on adventures!! Last but not least: THE WORLD IS OUR CLASSROOM!!!
So, we're working on his essay skills. But, it was clear from my kids' enthusiasm (and the resulting conversations about when we are going to the rainforest), the Travels series is a hit.(less)
I saw several “It’s like The Bachelor + Hunger Games” reviews before I received an ARC of The Selection, (courtesy of the awesome girls at the DAC ARC...moreI saw several “It’s like The Bachelor + Hunger Games” reviews before I received an ARC of The Selection, (courtesy of the awesome girls at the DAC ARC Tours home) and I was wary. I loved the Hunger Games (ok, I loved Catching Fire. But I really really liked the trilogy as a whole). I don’t love The Bachelor.
But, oddly enough, the book The Selection most reminded me of was Lauren DeStefano’s Wither.
Both are/have: Post-apocalypticish Dystopian Girls in fancy dresses Girls living in castles (both MC girls living in castles against their will) Princes (or prince-like dudes) you’re supposed to have sympathy for, even though there’s… The Other Boy Potential/Actual Big Bad Guys
While I was reading The Selection, I just kept going back and back and back again to Wither, so much so that I feel like I might have meshed the two together in my head. (I’ve since unmeshed them, because I just finished DeStefano’s Fever… and I’ll have more words on that book later.)
For the most part, I liked The Selection. I felt like America Singer is a strong backbone for the book. I feel like both Aspen and Prince Maxon are legit love interests- meaning I didn’t immediately dislike either of them, or distrust their intentions. Hellooooo, love triangle! As with the Hunger Games, some of the character names are a tad on the silly side (and there are also Caesar Flickerman- and Effie Trinket-esque characters). As with The Bachelor, there are catty, back-stabbing, alliance-forming girls galore… which turned out to be more fun than I thought it would be.
I’m already looking forward to the second book. I want to see America rise to the challenge of the Selection process, I want to see how the girls continue to interact with each other, I want to learn more about the outside invaders, and I want to see which handsome fella America ends up with!(less)