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Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana

(Travels with Gannon and Wyatt #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  58 reviews
National Outdoor Book Award Winner

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 amazing journey
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Greenleaf Book Group Press (first published 2010)
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Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, bought
I really wonderful book for adults and children. A great adventure story from start to finish. One of the better paced books I have ever read. The only complaint that I have, that doesn't involve point reduction in my eyes, is that it may be a little too grown up for kids 9 and 10 but I've always thought that all people, no matter their age or anything else about them, deserve to know how the world is and this may be a good way to expose them to it if they haven't experienced it. Anyways, I real ...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 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
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
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this story told through the travel journals of twin brothers, Gannon and Wyatt, as they explore the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. When the brothers hear about a lioness with cubs who has been wounded by a poacher, they trek into the wilderness with a native guide to find the lioness and give her some medical attention before the poacher tracks her down to finish her off! Searching for the lioness, they encounter a plethora of wild animals, and learn how ...more
Tibby (she/her)
I picked this one up because our principal scheduled one of the authors to come visit our fourth and fifth grade. I figured I should read at least the first book in the series just to see what they were all about. The book was at best problematic. No joke, the first section of the book is called “The Dark Continent”. I know they’re trying to give the impression of the “great” explorers of the African continent, but this is 2016. We should not be calling it that. The name implies that the countri ...more
Julie Maloney
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Randee Baty
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On a trip to Botswana, brothers Gannon and Wyatt have an intense journey as they travel. As they explore, they meet people and learn about a group of poachers who are breaking the law. The two brothers vow to do what they can to put a stop to them and bring the poachers to justice! This was a very interesting read. I enjoyed it a lot.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An exciting adventure. You feel like you're really in Africa.
Kathy Davie
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Tracy Poff
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


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 bec
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
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
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
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-books
Travels with Wyatt and Gannon: Botswana
Patti Wheeler, Keith Hemstreet
Travels with Wyatt and Gannon series

Review: Wyatt and Gannon are twin brothers who are home schooled by their airline stewardess mother and their international businessman father. As such their life is full of traveling and adventures. In their first adventure the boys and their parents are headed to Botswana, Africa. While there, the boys get a little more adventure than they were counting on when they
Clare O'Beara
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya-kid-lit
Having a mother who works for an airline makes it much easier for Gannon's and Wyatt's family to travel. When their mom gives them a list of destinations to pick from, they all settle on Botswana as the site of their next adventure. They plan to visit the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which will allow them to see the wildlife in two very different habitats. Just a day after landing, their Jeep is charged by a protective male rhino, but they manage to make it safely to the Bushmen villa ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
TITLE: Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana
SERIES: Travels with Gannon and Wyatt
AUTHOR: Patti Wheeler
AUDIENCE: Especially great for pre-teens and YA

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
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
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
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Graves
Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
Julie Williams
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Sarah S
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jeff Bogle
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, netgalley
Gannon and Wyatt have the coolest parents ever, who take them on vacation to Botswana. This was a fantastic book that teaches kids (and adults!) about a country, culture, animals, etc. that they probably no nothing about, in a very entertaining way. I was impressed by how much they managed to squeeze into such a short book, and especially how they tackled tough issues like poaching. I loved too how the story was told completely through journal entries by Gannon and Wyatt - we got to see their di ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wyatt and Gannon adventure in Botswana, Africa, and sign on to help
find a lioness wounded by a poacher – they have to move fast with their native Bushmen, since the lioness has four cubs with her.

But they encounter problems – dangerous animals roam at night in search of food and water; poachers, even more dangerous than the hyenas, leopards, or lions would stop at nothing to seize their prizes – rhino and elephant tusks, leopard skins – and they’re dependent on their vehicles and the wisdom and
Stacey Lucky
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Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I like this series. If you have a kid who likes to travel or explore the world, then these are perfect. A great little series that makes travel a possibility and shows readers through pictures/photos what it's like to get out in the world and explore. The first one is Botswana, but after that I don't think the order matters, except for the ages of Wyatt and Gannon who are brothers. Sure, it might be a tad predictable but only because travellers tend to come in two types: those who like to and th ...more
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