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10,000 book donation goal for Youth Exploration Society co-founders
By Newswire
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:50:14 AM

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In the tradition of the historic journals kept by explorers such as Lewis and Clark, Dr. David Livingstone, and Captain James Cook and using the first-hand adventures of her twin boys, mom and author Patti Wheeler and co-author Keith Hemstreet have developed a new adventure series called "Travels with Gannon & Wyatt". The stories are filled with exotic settings, high stakes adventure, and the magic of nature.

The book series currently includes, Botswana (June 2013), Great Bear Rainforest (Oct 2013) and Egypt (Jan 2014). Future adventures in the series will take place in Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Tanzania, and the American West. With each expedition, young readers will discover new things about the world--and their place in it--that will stay with them for years to come.

For every book sold, they will donate a book to a child. Their goal is to donate 10,000 books across the United States.

  • "In addition to enjoying a fantastic adventure, my sons learned life-long lessons of compassion, ingenuity and conservation when we traveled. Keith, Gannon, Wyatt and I all hope to raise awareness around many important issues children will face as adults--from malnutrition to climate change to cultural tolerance." Patti Wheeler

For parents and educators, Wheeler and Hemstreet have artfully illustrated the value of education, persistence, and teamwork when pursuing goals or overcoming a challenge. Compared to The Magic Treehouse series, Travels with Gannon & Wyatt novels are slightly longer, more involved and ideal for readers aged 9-12. The stories are supported by broadcast quality videos, photos, and Educator's Resource Guides, all available on the Gannon & Wyatt website.

The National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA), the outdoor world's largest and most prestigious book award program, recently recognized Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana, by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet, as the winner in the Children's Category.

Patti Wheeler began traveling at a young age and has nurtured the spirit of adventure in her family ever since. For years, it has been her goal to create children's books that instill the spirit of exploration in young people. Travels with Gannon & Wyatt is the realization of her dream. Patti lives in Aspen, Colorado with her husband and sons.

Keith Hemstreet is a writer, producer, and cofounder of the Youth Exploration Society. He attended Florida State University and completed his graduate studies at Appalachian State University. Keith lives in Aspen, Colorado with his wife and three daughters.

For more information about their new book series, Travels with Gannon & Wyatt, visit

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