Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Review + A Giveaway

About the book:

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, twin brothers Gannon and Wyatt have traveled to all corners of the globe. The journals, photographs and video compiled on these expeditions provided the foundation for this action-packed adventure series. In this volume, Gannon and Wyatt arrive in Botswana for an African safari to find that a poacher has shot and wounded a lioness. They set off into the wild in the hopes of saving the mother and her cubs before the poacher finishes the job.

The real-life Gannon and Wyatt are normal 15-year old twins, except for their extraordinary travel schedules. Since Botswana, the boys have traveled to Egypt, Greenland, Iceland, The Great Bear Rainforest, and beyond for future volumes in the series.

They are passionate about the book and about the Youth Exploration Society, which they founded with the authors, after their experiences in Botswana. The Society was created to inspire youth to do their part to make the world a better place. It informs members of ways they can help people, environments and species at risk and promotes a better understanding of geography, cultures and wildlife.


These books are fun! My eight-year-old saw my copy and immediately stole it. I had to wait for him to finish before I could read it. The highest praise I can give the book is that my son LOVED it! He wants me to buy them all - now! I highly recommend these books for those who love adventure. The format of the story, told through journal entries of both boys, is riveting and real. I can't wait for the next one! And what I especially appreciate is that for every book purchased before December 31, 2010, a book will be donated to an organization that supports literacy.


I have two hardback copies of Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana to give away. Each book includes a DVD with safari footage and interviews with Gannon and Wyatt.

To enter: leave a comment on this post by Thursday, October 14th. You must be a follower to win. Please include your email address with your comment.
*yes, I will open it internationally - I love you all!

Extra entries will be given for any helpful promotions:
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(+1 for each) Just let me know in the comments what you've done and total your entries.

I will announce the winner on Friday, October 15th.


Valerie Geary said...

I don't want to enter the contest...I think someone else would enjoy these books more than me...but I did want to say that I love how your son stole the books from you! Hehehehe.....

Sarah Ahiers said...

Yay! A Contest! I would have loved having books like these as a kid.
1 entry for me please

Jennie Englund said...

Those books look FABULOUS! My boys would LOVE them, all

Thanks, Shannon!

Misha Gerrick said...

Sounds great, but is it open for foreigners?

kah said...

I'm with Valerie. I'm not a good candidate as the winner but I did want to say good luck to all who enter. :)

Carolyn V. said...

I will have to pick this book up for my middle guy. He loves adventure, but we haven't been able to find a good book for him. Thanks for the recommend. =)

Tina Lynn said...


Jeanette Levellie said...

Please enter my name, dear. My grandson will love these! I am a follower.

Audience of ONE

Catherine Denton said...

My son would love these!
literaturel at gmail dot com

Making Life a Work of Art!

Unknown said...

Who doesn't love a fabulous giveaway!!!! I know quite a few of my nephews and cousins that would get a kick out of this!!!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway Shannon!!! When a boy likes a book it's got to be given the proper shout-out!!!


Karen Lange said...

Thanks for the review! The book sounds great. Would love to be entered, thanks so much:)

Susan R. Mills said...

I wish this had been out when my boys were younger. I won't enter the contest because I think they're too old for it now, so better for someone else to have it.

Jenna Wallace said...

These books could be just the thing for my 8-year-old reluctant reader! He's mad for animals, especially Africa's big five. So thanks for the rec and count me in!

dreamstate (at) att (dot) net

Stephanie Thornton said...

Oh my gosh- my daughter would probably love these! We read books about all sorts of places, but don't have anything on Africa.

I'll Twitter this when I get home too!

thorntonstephanie at hotmail dot com

BK Mattingly said...

Wow! Those books sound awesome! Count me in!

Jessica Nelson said...

I would enter but my son isn't quite old enough. Thanks for the shout-out though! Good to know what's on the shelves for him in a year or two.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the review. These books sound great. Awesome cover. Glad to hear that your son enjoyed it so much and wants to read the rest of them.



As I live in the UK I realise the giveaway will not come my way.

I did however enjoy your review, and Whetted my appetite.
Take care.

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

It's so rewarding when you can find books that your kids love! This one definitely sounds like a fun series.

Stina said...

My boys would like this one. :D

stinalindenblatt at shaw dot ca

Janet Johnson said...

Sounds like a fun series. My boys would love it!

rjljohnson.janet (at) gmail (dot)com

Theresa Milstein said...

I've never heard of these books. I'm going to let others have a better chance of winning. What a great contest!

Anonymous said...

How fun! I bet my boys would love those books!

Angela Ackerman said...

Oh we wanted to get to Botswana but it was going to be too expensive to add it to our trip. One day tho...

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Hey there!! Book sounds awesome! Love it.

I tweeted you
I linked you on Facebook
I put you in my sidebar


Natasha said...

My son would totally love the book, though I suspect I may have to help him with reading it.

And since it is open to international participants, I will definitely like to take part. Will post my score after I do- right now, I have just tweeted, and am an old follower.

Talei said...

Wow, this book sounds great, would love to check one out. And I'm a little envious of the twins travel schedule!

Great giveaway!! ;)

Charmaine Clancy said...

What a cute contest! I love that your son stole your book - my 12yr old daughter has 'borrowed' my Kindle! She's reading it so much, I think it will be easier for me to get my own now :-). I won't enter, my girls have a mountain of books to get through at the moment, but Matilda may pop on and enter herself, she'd probably love this type of adventure. :-)

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Lenny Lee said...

hi miss shannon! wow! i could really love that book. i love animals and adventure stuff and i could want to travel with those guys and be part of helping save those cubs. this is for sure a book i want to read. i think you already got my email but here it is anyway
i got my fingers and toes crossed that i could be a winner!
...hugs from lenny

Unknown said...

Dear Shannon,
Thank you for the great review of our book. Patti Wheeler and I were so excited to read that your son loved it! It really means so much to us. Let him know that the next book "Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: The Great Bear Rainforest" will be out soon. We'll be sure to keep you posted. Again, thank you!

All the best,
Keith Hemstreet

Theres just life said...

My Niece and Granddaughter would love this. Adventure is not just a boy thing, I know from my own experiences. I have always loved a good adventure. Count me in.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Love to hear that your son stole the book! Sounds like a great read - good adventures are my fav!

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