Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Great Bear Rainforest

Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Great Bear Rainforest

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by Patti Wheeler, Keith Hemstreet

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Gannon and Wyatt can’t wait to trek into the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the mythical spirit bear, but surviving in this unforgiving wilderness proves more challenging than they could have ever imagined. When members of the expedition go missing, the brothers bravely set out on a search-and-rescue mission. Soon they find themselves lost in a forest… See more details below

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Gannon and Wyatt can’t wait to trek into the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the mythical spirit bear, but surviving in this unforgiving wilderness proves more challenging than they could have ever imagined. When members of the expedition go missing, the brothers bravely set out on a search-and-rescue mission. Soon they find themselves lost in a forest teeming with grizzlies, wolves and mysterious gunmen. Guided by the wisdom of the First Nation people, the Gannon and Wyatt uncover a sinister plot and must risk everything to save those who are missing and restore balance to the Great Bear.

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

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Twin teens explorers various locations and introduce readers to the wonders, animals, and people of the places they visit. Gannon is the impulsive, personable brother and Wyatt is the more scientific. In Botswana, they try to save a lioness and her cubs from poachers. In Rainforest, they go in search of the mythical spirit bear but become lost in a forest full of danger. The stories are related as a series of journal entries from the boys' perspectives and highlight the inherent beauty as well as the perils of each locale. The books have a strong conservationist point of view, and the siblings encounter trouble not only from their natural surroundings but also from man-made threats to themselves and the environment. Each book also contains native people who help Gannon and Wyatt understand the areas they are exploring and, in some cases, help them survive. The brothers are based on a real-life twins. At the beginning of Botswana, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between the two boys, but the authors find their voices about halfway through and it is clear from that point going forward. The action picks up in the second title, which is marginally better than the first, but the books focus primarily on painting a picture of the boys' travels and surroundings, and they do this well. The novels offer good entry points into these exciting worlds and should be enjoyed by anyone who likes reading about adventure and discovery.—Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX

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Table of ContentsPart IItching to Go SomewherePart IIPlight of the Rainforest
Part IIIThe Secrets of Princess Royal Island


Part IItching to Go Somewhere 
September 16

Okay, here we go again, but before I get into the adventure at hand and put down in my journal how the whole thing was set in motion, I want to take a minute to get something off my mind, which is basically this: I’m totally flabbergasted by what’s expected of kids these days!

I mean, between school, sports, chores and all of the other things that consume our lives, we hardly have time to stop and smell the roses. My parents tell me that learning to handle all of these responsibilities is just part of “growing up,” part of becoming a “well-rounded individual,” that dealing with these obligations, and I’m quoting my parents here, “help build character and instill a good work ethic.”

Well, fine. Whatever. Some of that may be true, but it sure as heck doesn’t make it any easier.

When the Captain called yesterday, I was feeling totally overwhelmed because of all the stuff I had to do and almost none of it, I was pretty sure, would help make me a more “well-rounded individual.” First, there was my room, which had become a total mess after days of neglect with dirty clothes all over the place and a couple overflowing garbage cans and mud on the carpet that I’d tracked in after my last hike. To make matters worse, it was my day to do the dishes, mop up the floors, and take out the trash. So I had all this stuff weighing on me, not to mention all the undone schoolwork piling up on my desk that I won’t even bother to talk about.  
 Now, I’m not one to shun my chores. Okay, fine. I am. But I have a good excuse, which is…well…oh, who am I kidding? I don’t have an excuse. Chores just bug me. Period. The end.

Now, where was I? Oh, yeah. Procrastinating. An art I’ve nearly perfected. So, there I was kicked back on the couch trying to think of ways to get myself out of all these chores, when the phone rang.

I picked it up.

“Hello there, Gannon!” came a booming Irish voice.  

“Captain Colin?” I asked. “Is that you?”

“You bet it is!”  

Captain Colin is an old friend my parents met at a pub in Dublin, Ireland, sometime before my brother and I were born. Story goes, they stayed in the pub singing Irish ballads until the sun came up and got along so well that the Captain invited them on a weekend sailing trip to the Isle of Man. Needless to say, they accepted, more rowdiness ensued and details of the adventure become pretty vague after that, I’m guessing for good reason. Anyway, they’ve been good chums ever since.  

“It’s great to hear your voice, Captain!” I said.

“Good to hears yours, too, lad!”

Captain Colin told me that he and the crew of the Pacific Yellowfin were taking some famous environmental scientist I’d never heard of into the Great Bear Rainforest to study the habitat of the spirit bear, and after all that was done they were going to volunteer at a whale research lab where the scientists needed help repairing a station that had been damaged during a severe storm.

“That all sounds pretty cool, Captain,” I said.
Then he told me the best part.   

“We have two empty rooms aboard the boat,” he said. “That is, unless your family cares to fill them.”

It didn’t take me two seconds to answer. I mean, of course we wanted to fill them! We’re talking about a trip to the Great Bear Rainforest! Who in the world would say no to that?    

“Here’s the catch,” Captain Colin said. “We depart in forty-eight hours. Can you make it on such short notice?”

Forty-eight hours! That meant we’d have to start preparing for the trip right away, and if that were the case, I’d have a totally legitimate excuse to blow off my chores.

“I really hope we can,” I said to the Captain. “But, let me check with my dad.”

I yelled at the top of my lungs.  

“Dad, can we go to the Great Bear Rainforest?”

My dad strolled around the corner into the room, a cup of coffee in his hand.

“Can we go where?” he asked.  

 “To the Great Bear Rainforest! Captain Colin has room aboard the Pacific Yellowfin! Can we go? Come on! Please!”

“Well, that’s very kind of him to invite us. I suppose I could do some work while we were there. Paintings of the rainforest would actually be a wonderful addition to my museum exhibit this winter.”

“A wonderful addition,” I said, agreeing enthusiastically.

“And I know how much your mom loves boating.”

“Are you kidding? She flips over it!”

“When would we leave?” my dad asked as he took another sip.

“In forty-eight hours.”

My dad gasped, nearly choking on his coffee.

“I’ll take that as a yes,” I said, and returned to the phone.

 “Thank you for thinking of us, Captain,” I said.  “You couldn’t have called at a better time.”

“Don’t mention it,” he said. “When I realized we would have extra rooms on the boat, you were the first people that came to mind. I know how much your family enjoys exploring new places. So, what do you say? You on board?”

“We’re definitely on board.”

I walked over and smacked my dad on the back a few times, as he continued to cough up the coffee that he had sucked down his windpipe.

“You’re going to love this place,” the Captain said.  “It’s truly magical.”

“I bet it is.”

“Listen, I have to go ashore to take care of some business. Do you have any questions before I go?”

“I have two, actually.”
“I’m all ears, laddy.”

“Where in the world is this place, and what on earth is a spirit bear?”

The Captain broke into a hearty laugh.  

And so it happened that we were invited to join Captain Colin’s expedition into the Great Bear Rainforest.

Okay, then, that’s enough for now. Time to pack.

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