'Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Botswana' Wins 5 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards

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The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children's literature, selected "Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Botswana"  by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet for four first-place “Best” categories: Best Charity, Best Outdoor Recreation, Best Cover Design, and Best Educational/Instructional book. The book was also awarded second-place for the General category. "Travels with Gannon and Wyatt" has also recently been awarded with a silver medal from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, which will be presented this Saturday, November 13.

"The book has gotten a tremendous response from schools, teachers, librarians and children," says Patti Wheeler.  "Now to be recognized by the Purple Dragonfly Awards in so many categories is an honor and a thrill."

"Travels with Gannon and Wyatt" by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet has swept the Purple Dragonfly Awards, winning prizes in 5 out of 7 categories.

The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children's literature, selected "Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Botswana"  by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet for four first-place “Best” categories: Best Charity, Best Outdoor Recreation, Best Cover Design, and Best Educational/Instructional book.  The book was also awarded second-place for the General category.

"Travels with Gannon and Wyatt" has also recently been awarded with a silver medal from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, which will be presented this Saturday, November 13.

Keith Hemstreet's writing has been nominated as a finalist for the Pirate’s Alley/Faulkner Award, the New Century Writer’s Award and the Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition.  Patti Wheeler is the founder of Claim Stake Productions/ Publishing, executive producer and director of the TV pilot "Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Off the Beaten Path: Egypt" and co-wrote, with Hemstreet, the screenplay Botswana, which was an official selection of the 2010 Beverly Hills Film Festival.

The experience in Botswana researching the adventure novel inspired the authors and real-life twins, Gannon and Wyatt, to create the Youth Exploration Society (Y.E.S.), to inspire youth to do their part to make the world a better place.  It informs members of ways they can help people, environments and species at risk and promotes a better understanding of geography, cultures and wildlife.  To honor the ideals of the Y.E.S., for each copy of the book sold through the end of the year, Claimstake Publishing is donating one copy to a literacy organization.  

BOOK SYNOPSIS
When twin brothers Gannon and Wyatt arrive in Botswana for an African safari, they get much more adventure than they bargained for. After receiving word that a poacher has shot and wounded a lioness, they set off into the wild in the hopes of saving the mother and her cubs before the poacher finishes the job. While on this amazing journey, they encounter all of Africa’s Big Five—elephants, rhinos, Cape buffaloes, leopards, and lions—only to discover that the most dangerous predator in the African bush is not the king of beasts, but man himself.

ABOUT THE SERIES
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 to all corners of the globe. The journals, photographs and video compiled on these expeditions provide the foundation for this action-packed educational series. One thing is certain—wherever Gannon and Wyatt go, adventure is their constant companion.

Look for upcoming books from these and other exciting locations:
Botswana (Published 2010)
Great Bear Rainforest (Winter 2011)
Egypt (2011)
Arctic I, Greenland
Arctic II, Iceland

PURCHASING INFORMATION
Please visit http://www.travelswithgannonandwyatt.com to purchase bulk or individual copies.
Also available on Amazon.

PRESS CONTACT: Karen Lucente: Kplucente(at)gmail(dot)com

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