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

Published September 6th 2016 by Greenleaf Book Group Press

5 Stars

Synopsis: A HIGH-ALTITUDE BLIZZARD, BUBBLING RIVERS OF LAVA, AND BEACHES WITH RAGING SURF; one thing’s for sure: The Hawaiian Islands offer no shortage of adventure! Teaming up with fellow explorer, Alana Aukai, thrill-seeking twins Gannon and Wyatt begin an expedition to study rarely visited parts of this Pacific paradise. When an ancient map is found on a drowning archeologist, the explorers shift their attention to uncovering the map’s secrets. To their astonishment, they discover that it might lead to one of Hawaii’s most puzzling mysteries—the burial place of the islands’ most-revered ruler, King Kamehameha the Great! Adding danger to an already perilous journey, someone else is after the map—someone who seems willing to do just about anything to get it.

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 & 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.

My Review: Travels with Gannon and Wyatt is a series for middlegrader readers to learn about places around the world through the travels and adventures 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 Wyatt loves science and Gannon enjoys the humanities. Both of these interests come into play in this book.

This journey takes them to Hawaii where they are going to explore the islands with fellow adventurer and guide Alana Aukai. Their adventures take them up a mountain during a snowstorm (yes, they get snow at high altitudes in Hawaii), to the lava fields, dangerous beaches with rocks and high waves and to an area that has gone back to the wild. All this while searching for the remains of King Kamehameha. The parts of the island that they explore and write about will give you a great overview of the big island as well as learning about some of the culture. The adventure is sure to hold the interest of even the most reluctant reader. The story is told in alternating points of view of the two brothers and each highlights the things they are interested in. They each have different strengths and different fears. If you have young adventurers, check out this series, it is a winner. This series should be in all school and public libraries.