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Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Egypt (Travels With Gannon & Wyatt) Hardcover – January 21, 2014
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From Publishers Weekly-
Following trips to Botswana and Great Bear Rainforest, this third installment in the series based on real-life brothers Gannon and Wyatt Wheeler sees the eponymous teenage twins journeying to Egypt to take part in an archaeological dig, in search of the fabled tomb of Cleopatra. Intellectual Gannon and wisecracking Wyatt squabble and attempt to one-up each other as they venture into the desert, where they brave sandstorms and their individual doubts and fears. When they find a long-lost tomb, which may belong to Egypt's legendary last Pharaoh, they must contend with booby traps and unscrupulous people bent on taking the treasure for themselves. Wheeler and Hemstreet pack this slim adventure full of facts and trivia, as well as photos and drawings, lending it an educational slant. With clear nods to Indiana Jones and other adventure stories, the fast-paced plot and engaging characters are sure to appeal to a young audience--particularly those familiar with sibling rivalry--who may be inspired to learn more about the associated Youth Exploration Society. Ages 9-12.
“Each of us has the responsibility to protect and enrich our community, to ensure that future generations inherit a healthy and vibrant planet. In each action-packed book, Travels with Gannon & Wyatt communicates these values and inspires young people to do their part to help make the world a better place.”
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr."
Travels with Gannon & Wyatt is a phenomenal series that encourages the next generation of conservationists to push their boundaries and challenge themselves to explore life outside their comfort zones. A must read for any young person interested in the wild world of nature that sustains us all."
- Brigitte Griswold, Director of Youth Programs, The Nature Conservancy
About the Author
Patti Wheeler, producer of the web series Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Off the Beaten Path, began traveling at a young age and has nurtured the spirit of adventure in her family ever since. For years it has been her goal to create children's books that instill the spirit of adventure in young people. The Youth Exploration Society and Travels with Gannon & Wyatt are the realization of her dream.
Keith Hemstreet is a writer, producer, and cofounder of the Youth Exploration Society. He attended Florida State University and completed his graduate studies at Appalachian State University. He lives in Aspen, Colorado, with his wife and three daughters.
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You could describe the books in this series as top flight reality-adventure-fiction. The books are composed of alternating travel journal entries authored by twin brothers Gannon and Wyatt. Gannon is a friendly loosey-goosey kind of guy and Wyatt is a more buttoned-down and serious sort.
While this book is fictional, it isn't just a novel, in the sense that the Hardy Boys books or Tom Swift books, or similar adventures, are primarily novels. These are fictional travel journals. Lots of exciting things happen, but they are recounted in the same diary form that you would expect from any actual explorer/adventurer. Some books in the series, (like the Botswana book), don't really have a plot, just travel incidents. This Egypt book has more of a plot, more drama, (a cave-in, a dust storm, tomb robbers, curses!), and feels a little more like a boys-own adventure.
That said, either version works. The two brothers have distinct voices and engaging personalities. The writing is a bit advanced to be from teenage journalists, but the author carefully balances creating authentic voices with writing at a high quality level. The result is that the boys feel authentic, but the writing is professional.
The author does a very satisfying job of getting the locations right. There is more of an attempt to lay the groundwork for this exotic adventure. There is interesting and well described travel through Cairo, along the Nile, and into Luxor . There is a dramatic subplot about the search for Cleopatra's tomb that only sort of works, but it affords the boys an opportunity to learn more about Cleopatra and Egyptian history. One of the brothers is worried about curses, and that is handled mostly for chuckles. A lot of information about Egyptian culture and daily life is worked in to the narrative, the travelogue parts are correct, the geography and settings are right, and so you get a real you-are-there kind of feel. At the same time, there is, for dramatic and narrative purposes, more action, intrigue and adventure than is typical, and so you get a concentrated and dramatized version. To mix up generational references, it's a Lowell Thomas/Marlin Perkins educational travelogue approach grafted onto an adventure mystery, and they complement each other well. Old style black and white photos that look like travel snapshots help maintain the reality atmosphere.
So, you get two engaging heroes, a series of ripping yarns, travel and geography facts, and a very gung-ho adventure all wrapped up in an appealing package. A nice find and a bit of variety for an imaginative middle grade or young YA reader.
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
Author: Patti Wheeler & Keith Hemstreet
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
E-Book ASIN: B00HNXEQX4
Genre: Children's Mystery
Tags: Action & Adventure
Overall Rating: Excellent
Wyatt and Gannon are twin brothers who have applied to and won a prestigious fellowship from the Youth Exploration Society. A fellowship which is granted to only four students a year. The brothers have totally different personalities. Wyatt is studious, with a scientific outlook and has a maturity beyond his years. Gannon likes pranks, is slightly superstitious, and has a devil may care attitude. Yet each enjoys the adventures and mysteries to be found in life and are not shy about pursuing their passion. Being home schooled they are able to take the month off to explore Egypt. Their father, a sculptor will be staying in Egypt during their time there.
Wyatt and Gannon meet the other two students, James from Australia and Serene from Egypt at the airport when Dr Aziz welcomes them and their father upon their arrival. A short visit the next day to the bazaar for souvenirs before they take off to the site, while Wyatt finds all he is wanting, Gannon does not until just before it is time to return to the hotel. A small sop off the beaten path draws him and as he talks to the owner he tells them of their plans to search for Cleopatra's tomb. Asking for something special to buy the man takes them out the back and through a maze of alleys and backstreets to show them his private collection. He hands Gannon a piece of tile and tells them about his grandfather an archeologist who disappeared years before. He tells the boys his grandfather told him it came from Cleopatra's tomb. He gives the tile to Gannon after making him promise to honor the site and history if they should discover it is indeed the final resting place of Egypt's most famous female pharaoh.
With curses, poisonous snakes and deadly traps Wyatt and Gannon must travel a perilous path as they work with the Doctor to excavate the site and find proof on whose body resides there. Travels With Gannon and Wyatt: Egypt offers many tidbits about Cairo, Minya and other sites around Egypt. You can imagine the scenes and sounds in your mind and as you close your eyes you can even smell the scents to be had there. With pictures to accent the story to be found peppered through out the novel. This book is a joy for all who read it no matter the age. I found the characters likable and and endearing. I am sure you will as well. Gannon and Wyatt have other adventures as well for you to enjoy. Take a moment to pick up and explore the world with Gannon and Wyatt.