Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Great Bear Rainforest, by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet

Genre: Mystery
Interest Level: 8-14
Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Great Bear RainforestA fact-filled adventure involving teenage twins Gannon and Wyatt trying to survive in the Pacific rainforest against wolves, bears, bone-chilling cold, a deadly fall and even evil gunmen out to destroy the environment for profit. This is the second title in the series, written in the grand tradition of the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and Willard Price’s adventure-seeking brothers Hal and Roger Hunt. Wyatt and Gannon tell their tale in alternating journal entries, which can sometimes provide comical contrasting views of the same event. The e-book version I obtained from NetGalley (in exchange for my honest review) included occasional black and white images and links to the companion website, as well as lined pages at the back for eager would-be explorers to start taking their own field notes. The writing was fast-paced, with exciting cliffhangers (literally!) and interesting facts to keep young readers engaged. I`d recommend the authors find a way to distinguish the two voices more clearly. I`d also like to see a bit more effort into creating authenticity for these boys – I can’t imagine a single 15-year-old of my acquaintance who would use the phrase ‘For the life of me’ in speaking, let alone write it down in a journal. Typical of the tradition, adult readers will find it a bit didactic, but it’s a short and intense adventure sure to captivate many reluctant readers. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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