Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Irelandby Patti Wheeler, Keith Hemstreet

Published April 28th 2015 by Greenleaf Book Group Press

4 Stars

Synopsis: While on vacation in Ireland, Gannon and Wyatt visit medieval castles, climb the Cliffs of Moher, and explore the ancient Newgrange monument. But after Gannon kisses the Blarney Stone their adventure takes a dramatic turn. While volunteering on a farm to connect with their Irish roots, they learn that a deadly blight is wreaking havoc on the Irish farmland. Determined to uncover the true cause, the courageous explorers embark on a secret mission to gather evidence against a ruthless suspect, but soon find themselves running for their lives. Ultimately, they must rely on their wilderness survival skills and Gannon’s “gift of gab” if they hope to bring justice to their ancestral home.

In the tradition of the historic journals kept by explorers such as Lewis and Clark, Dr. David Livingstone, and Captain James Cook comes the adventure series Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. From Africa to the South Pacific, these twin brothers have traveled the world. You never know what they will encounter as they venture into the wild, but one thing is certain wherever Gannon and Wyatt go, adventure is their constant companion.

You can find Gannon and Wyatt’s blog, photographs, and video footage from their real-life expeditions at travelswithgannonandwyatt.com.

My Review: Travels with Gannon and Wyatt is a series for middlegrader readers to learn about places around the world through the travels of twin brothers. They keep a journal of their trips and you can find Gannon and Wyatt’s blog, photographs, and video footage from their real-life expeditions at travelswithgannonandwyatt.com. The fifteen-year-old brothers have a sculptor-painter dad and a flight attendant mom, which is why the get to travel so much. Wyatt loves science and Gannon enjoys the humanities. Both of these interests come into play in this book.

In this book they travel to Ireland to explore their Irish roots. After visiting several tourist sites such as medieval castles, climbing the Cliffs of Moher, exploring the ancient Newgrange monument and even kissing the Blarney Stone (at least Gannon does), they head off to work on a real Irish farm. While there they find out that the neighbouring farm is a factory farm and it is polluting both the water and the air. The animals are also being kept in very inhumane conditions. When they decide they need to help Mr. O’Leary, they take samples of the water and pictures of the animals in cages. The adventures become dangerous as they try to get someone to shut down the farm to preserve the land for family farms around the county.

The book is easy to read with different parts told from the different brother’s pespective. They have fun, get mad at one another, embarrass each other and do all those things siblings do to one another. I think this is a great way to learn about various countries, their cultures, their landmarks and their people. A great series to have in a school library or classroom, especially with the web-based portion as an added bonus.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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