Saturday, May 2, 2015

Spring Reading 2015 Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Great Bear Rainforest


This time out, Wyatt and Gannon are traveling with their parents and an old friend, Captain Colin, to the Great Bear Rain Forest. They plan to study the habitat of the spirit bear, then volunteer at a whale research lab. Gannon is excited to leave on the trip because he can put off all the chores he has been avoiding at home. Wyatt can't wait to meet Dr. Hans Brezner, a famous environmental scientist, who is also part of the expedition. But both boys are in for disappointment - because they have to help with chores around the boat, and Dr. Brezner seems very preoccupied. And it seems they may not get to see any grizzlies, because the number of salmon in the streams is drastically lower than in previous years and they are an important food source for the bears. Not to worry, though, there is plenty of excitement. Mix together some wicked weather, poachers, crooked business deals, and a pack of wild wolves, and you have an unforgettable visit to a temperate rain forest.

Many readers may be surprised to learn that there are rain forests in North America. Most people assume all rain forests are tropical, but temperate rain forests like those in British Columbia also exist as amazing habitats. The journal entries of Gannon and Wyatt offer descriptions of the wildlife, the First Nation people of the Gitga'tt tribe, and the threats to the area from commercial entities. The boys' adventures also show what can happen when visitors run into danger in the wilderness.

This is an entertaining addition to the series and a good read for fans of adventure, exploration, and survival stories. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

I've already posted the link the book's website in other entries, but you may also want to follow their blog.

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