“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
When I was 11-years old. My family lived in the Dominican Republic for a year. It was a completely life-transforming experience for me at a time in my life when I was transforming into the person I was going to become. I learned Spanish and merengue dancing. I met some of the most loving and generous people I have ever met. I witness real poverty for the first time. I even survived a hurricane. I have always wanted to give my children the education that only comes from international travel, but so far it has not been a realistic thing for our family to do. This is why I am excited about the concept behind the youth fiction adventure series, “Travels with Gannon & Wyatt.” While these books are fiction, there actually is a real Gannon and Wyatt. They are twin teenage brothers and the adventures in the stories are loosely based on real trips that they have taken. They are written in first person journal style–alternating the narrative between the two brothers.
I read Botswana–the first book in the series–and it immediately reminded me of the journals I kept while traveling in South America, so they feel fairly realistic. Of course, there is a lot of adventure happening here that makes it exciting for the kids and I am guessing that that is where the fiction comes in. Action adventure books that teach kids about Geography and broaden their horizons? I’m already sold. If I can’t whisk my kids away to another land to experience their own adventures, I’d love for them the read books that do just that! But I’m not the expert on what young readers like…so I decided to call them in.
I happen to have a couple of serious bookworms in my family. I had them each read through the series and give me their feedback. (*sidenote: My daughter doesn’t really wear glasses. She just told me the other day that she thought she made a cute nerd, so I had her wear them in some of these to emphasize her book-worminess. She is the one that had the book birthday party, remember?) Here is what they had to say about it.
So they both gave them the thumbs up and said they would like to read more of Gannon and Wyatt’s adventures.
We always get our kids something to read as part of their Christmas each year. I think it is part of what has helped to foster a love of reading in them. So now I’m going to help you with your Christmas shopping. One lucky reader will win all three books! And for more gift-giving excitement, three Kindle Fires are being given away on the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Facebook page this month. (I wanna win!!) To win the book set valued at $38.85, enter via Rafflecopter below, but hurry! Giveaway ends Monday night! (U.S. residents only. Sorry international friends.) a Rafflecopter giveaway
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.