The Travels with Gannon & Wyatt is a fantastic chapter book series for middle grade readers written by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet. The books included in the Travels with Gannon & Wyatt series include:
- Botswana (Released May 2013)
- Great Bear Rainforest (Released October 2013)
- Egypt (Being released January 2014)
Title: The Travels with Gannon & Wyatt Egypt
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Date of publication: January 2014
Format: Paperback, hardcover, ebook
Ages: Middle Grades
Review: With the prospect of an exciting learning experience, we decided to read Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Egypt, because we have been studying the mysteries of the exciting ancient empire in our homeschool. Just a few pages into the book, we were hooked when we found out that Gannon & Wyatt were homeschooled! Yay! Finally a book that paints homeschoolers in a positive light of being functional, well thought out, social, imaginative – and on top of the academic echelon!
Their mom proud but demanding – gives midterms, corrects papers, and grades for penmanship! I love how they speak so kindly of their mother, making sure that their penmanship is not substandard, whether on bouncy planes or among the dunes of the hot and dry air of Alexandria. Hooray!
Hee hee! It’s a really great book to encourage homeschooling families and their efforts. That was my favorite part – but I digress!
The book starts out with Gannon, Wyatt and family in their hometown of Colorado. Wyatt and Gannon had just won a fellowship from the Youth Exploration Society to study with the famous archeologist, Dr. Aziz, who is in search of his 100th tomb, which unfortunate to Gannon and Wyatt, is to be the elusive and cunningly dangerous, Cleopatra. Of course, in old sibling fashion, Gannon tricks Wyatt into thinking that he wasn’t accepted. Pretty mean, eh? (I would never support that type of behavior on this blog 🙂 )
Wyatt, Gannon, their Mother (who is a flight attendant), and their Father who is an artist, travel to Egypt together as a family. Throughout their travels, they keep notes in their field journals, not only for record, but also Mom will be grading their journals and reports that they write after the trip.
In their travels, they record important and educational details about the culture and language of Egypt. They talk about being in Cairo, and what it is like and what they see. They talk about being at the Bazaar and purchasing items and how to negotiate prices (which is more difficult than one would think). They also talked about some of the things we learned about: Osiris – the Egyptian God of Death and Ra – the Egyptian Sun God. They also talked in-depth about the pyramid, chambers, danger and tomb robbers – all of which we talked about in our studies. We even read a few Live books about building of the pyramids.
My point – that the Travels of Gannon & Wyatt reinforced what we learned in our lessons – and did it in a fun way. This is one aspect of the book I love. Although the book is largely fiction (Gannon & Wyatt are real), it has elements of important truths that children can learn from and appreciate.
When Gannon and Wyatt hit Cairo, the adventures and intrigue begin – and never stopped. This book has children on the seat of their pants, wanting to read more! (or, at least my children). Every night during our read-aloud time – they both asked (ages 4 and 9) to read The Travels with Gannon & Wyatt. Even the baby sat on my lap and listened – for 2 minutes (unfortunately no touch and feel pictures in this book).
The way the book is written, through alternating journal entries by the two boys – is totally engaging and real to life. I found myself left to wonder – did that actually happen? Even I looked up a few times and asked – hum? Your child will be intrigued by the adventure and suspense. It’s sure to please even your most reluctant reader.
A well written and engaging story from beginning to end, the Travels with Gannon & Wyatt is a must read for Middle Readers (and some like me that aren’t so middle). Our family really enjoyed the book, and looked forward to our read aloud time every day. In fact, we took the opportunity throughout the day to create read aloud times – just so we could see what would happen next.
We are eager to read the other books in the series, and have become very fond of Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Botswana. You can keep in touch with Gannon and Wyatt online…
- Visit their website to view videos, join the Youth Exploration Society, and read more of their Field Journals
- Like them on their Facebook page, and be automatically entered in a giveaway to Win 1 of 3 Kindle Fire HD that are up for grabs (or enter the giveaway below and press the “like button”!)
- Of course, you can always connect with them on Twitter (or enter the giveaway below and press the “follow” button).
And I have a great surprise for you (that I did not give away). We loved these books so much, I would like to share a set with one of my readers. Enter below for a chance to win The Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Egypt Botswana Great Bear Rainforest Valued at $38.85 US only. What the perfect Holiday gift it would be for your young reader. Good luck!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.