Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: It doesn’t have to be pink and sparkly…


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It’s hard to get my kids to read.

There. I said it.

And because as a child, I was never without at least one book and read all the time,  that’s a hard thing to say. And so I am always looking for books for my kids that they can get into, but that also aren’t just dribble with funny potty talk in the guise of reading books.

Enter Gannon & Wyatt.

We were offered the opportunity by the Clever Girls Collective to review the middle-grade adventure series, Travels with Gannon and Wyatt,  written by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet.

Travel, adventure, different cultures and a series–which means that it wouldn’t end with one book–I was excited to read them with my girls. But when they saw the book cover absent of pink, sparkles or even a girl, they were skeptical.

“Mommy, are you sure that’s a book for us?” Naomi asked. And it was a good question, because most of the books they chose themselves had covers bedecked in pink and sparkles.

“We can’t know by the cover,” I told her and we delved in.

While Naomi was a little young for the book,  Tali got right into it. We snuggled on her bed and started with the first book in the series, Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana. Right away there were questions. Where was Botswana? What language do they speak? How come Gannon and Wyatt were able to be home schooled and they couldn’t?photo(27)

But we settled into the adventure. The series is about two twin brothers who travel the world with their parents and engage in incredible adventures. Tali really liked that both Gannon and Wyatt’s personalities were strong and different and quickly decided in the beginning that she liked Gannon’s sections better. But after awhile, it made no difference. The girls were super excited about the maps and the translations of common Setswana phrases (each book offers common phrases for different cultures) and we tried them out, laughing at our ridiculous accents. We didn’t anticipate how exciting the book would turn out to be. The boys hunt down poachers, discover wild animals, end up having to eat a black mamba snake to survive in the wild. And through it all, they still behave like kids, even in the Kalahari.

And best of all, my girls were enthralled–even without the pink and sparkly fluff that is sometimes dedicated to “girls books.”

The other impressive thing about the series is that the Gannon & Wyatt series is teaming up with the Youth Exploration Society to donate one book for every book sold. Buy one book, they give one away. It’s pretty awesome.

There are three books in the Travels with Gannon & Wyatt series:

  • Botswana (released May 2013)
  • Great Bear Rainforest (released October 2013)
  • Egypt (to be released January 2014)

To learn more, visit the Travels With Gannon & Wyatt website.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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