Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana

by Patti Wheeler, Keith Hemstreet


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When Gannon and Wyatt arrive in Botswana for an African safari, they find themselves tangled up in much more than a family vacation. After receiving word 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. While on this amazing journey, they encounter Africa’s Big Five - elephants, rhinos, cape buffalos, leopards, and lions?only to discover that the most dangerous predator in the African bush is not the king of beasts, but man himself.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626343146
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Series: Travels with Gannon and Wyatt , #1
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Patti Wheeler, Gannon and Wyatt’s mother, is the cocreator of “Funnays,” a clothing and product line that she helped grow from fledgling start-up to publicly traded company. In 1998, she formed the Wheeler Investment Group. For years, it has been Patti’s goal to create a children’s book series that instills the spirit of exploration in young people. (Future books in this series include adventures in the Great Bear Rainforest, Egypt, and the Serengeti.) In addition to the book series, Patti is executive producer and director of the TV pilot Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Off the Beaten Path: Egypt and cowriter, with Keith Hemstreet, of the screenplay Botswana, which was an official selection of the 2010 Beverly Hills Film Festival.

Keith Hemstreet worked as a producer/writer on the television series Playground Earth, an extreme sports variety show broadcast on Fox Sports Net. His writing has been nominated as a finalist for the Pirate’s Alley/Faulkner Award, the New Century Writer’s Award, and the Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition.

Table of Contents


PART I JOURNEY TO THE DARK CONTINENT................     3     




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Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old and I loved reading the book together! The main characters, Gannon and Wyatt, are twin boys but have a very different way of looking at adventure. The book is written in a unique journal style with passages from the boys and their individual perspectives of each situation. We were initially drawn to the book because my child's class was studying African wildlife. Because of the journal style writing we felt as if we were walking through the bush with the boys. I would definitely recommend the book as a fun and educational way to introduce a child to reading as an adventure. Looking forward to the next installment.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Based on the real life adventures of two brothers, Gannon and Wyatt, whose parents have had the ability and foresight to share the world with their sons, Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana will take its reader into the heart of the African bush in all of its mystery, danger and glory. Imagine having been near wild animals in their natural habitat, then to experience the ugliness of what poachers are doing to these great beasts. Filled with facts, as well as fancy, the details are fascinating and encourages awareness of the world around us, while giving younger readers a brief trip into the world of books! Win! Win! Written from the points of view of each boy, with their unique way of looking at things, the feel for the area, for their experiences makes this book come alive. (I’ve traveled to Africa, and can say, I re-experienced what I saw.) I highly recommend this entire series for younger readers, who will walk alongside these boys as they learn of the wonders and dangers of Botswana and the world, as well as our impact on it. I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written adventure and education that takes you into the wilds of Africa as the third explorer with Gannon and Wyatt. You feel as though you're experiencing the excitement first hand, and learning the daily lessons of survival taught only in the back country of the "Dark Continent". I enjoyed it as much as my grandchildren.     Tin Man
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want to take your young ones on an African Safari? Well Travels with Gannon & Wyatt, Botswana is just the book to do it! Within the pages you find great adventures taking place for these two daring young men. Along with all that is going on, this book is filled with factual information about Africa. It's a history lesson hidden in the pages of adventure where you don't mind learning the lesson. So pick up a copy and begin the adventure with your kids! I guarantee that you will not regret it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book to my son!  It's full of adventure and so full of interesting facts about Botswana.  We love any book that has an action-packed storyline and is educational as well! Interested in learning more about the Youth Exploration Society.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is my second book I have read in the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt. I enjoyed both of them. Gannon and Wyatt are homeschooled. They get to travel a lot and explore places that I can only dream about. They are real twins who have traveled to the places but their adventures are made up along the way. They tale about real settings, and animals and real problems they have surviving in the wild. Their family decide to fly to Botswana to go on a African Safari. They can fly for free because their mom works for a airline. While they are in Botswana they learn that poachers have shot a lioness and she is wounded with four lion cubs. If she does not get medical attention all of them will not survive. Gannon and Wyatt ask to go along with the bushman guide to track her and give her a chance to survive. It should not be too dangerous if they follow their guide's rules. Of course things go wrong and keep going from bad to worse a long the way. African safari is a dangerous place with lots of things that can go wrong. The worst predator is man. They cross a river in their jeep and it gets stuck in the middle of the river with a large crocodile on the banks sleeping. They have to get out and swim to shore and be quite so they don't wake him up. From that point on their is plenty of adventure, action, wild animals up close really up close. heroes and bad guy as they continue to try and find the wounded lioness on foot. I like Gannon and Wyatt but I would not let my children do the things they get into. I hope they have more stories to tell in the future. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley. 05/28/2013 PUB Greenleaf Book Group Press ISBN:9781608325856
WRPotter More than 1 year ago
Come face-to-face with a family of white rhinos, survive a crocodile attack, watch amazed as a herd of Cape buffaloes 500 strong strolls by your tent, all while you attempt to save an injured lioness and her cubs. This is all in a day's adventure for the Wheeler boys in Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet. Told through the journal entries of fifteen-year-old Gannon and Wyatt Wheeler, this story is geared to 8 to 12-year-old readers and could also be read to and enjoyed by a younger audience. I was impressed by these two young explorers who have a deep respect for the people and culture of Africa, and who make an effort to learn and use the local language. The authors have interspersed factual information about the Kalahari Bushmen and the Okavango Delta, etc. The Wheelers travel to Maun, Botswana and then on to the Kalahari Desert. At camp they meet their guide, Chocs, and are soon set off on safari. The Wheelers have a frightening meeting with a rhino family as this exciting story begins. At the Bushmen or San People's village, the boys interact with the villagers and learn how this ancient culture survives without running water or the simplest technology. Gannon hears from a bushman that a lioness mother of four cubs has been shot by a poacher. Gannon becomes instantly wound up. His commitment to help the lioness is contagious and soon preparations are made to travel to the Delta to find her. The Wheeler parents allow Gannon and Wyatt to travel to the Delta with Chocs and the bushman hunter. The Okavango Delta is a wondrous and hazardous place with many predators and disease-carrying insects. There is no shortage of peril in close encounters with lions, snakes, crocodiles, and more. The Wheeler boys quickly learn that a careless mistake could cost them their lives. After several close calls, they discover the most dangerous predator of all is an armed man who will stop at nothing to continue his illegal animal parts enterprise. Authors Wheeler and Hemstreet have done an outstanding job of combining education with page-turning adventure. Gannon and Wyatt are intriguing young men - well spoken and intelligent with a passion for the environment, conservation and wildlife. There is enough suspense and danger to keep even the most fickle reader enthralled. The scenery is so well described that I was immediately drawn in and expecting a herd of wildebeest to charge through my living room. Children today have so many distractions from TV and the Internet. I highly recommend you give your child Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana and let the world be your son or daughter's classroom. My hard copy included a high quality DVD with breathtaking video of the desert and delta, and informative interviews with the boys. By William Potter for Reader's Choice Book Reviews.