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Hawaii: Travels with Gannon and Wyatt    by Patti Wheeler & Keith Hemstreet order for
by Patti Wheeler
Order:  USA  Can
Greenleaf, 2016 (2016)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The latest installment in a series of mystery/adventure novels for young readers features teen twins Gannon and Wyatt and their world wide travels. The boys travel to Hawaii where they meet Alana Akaui who will be their guide and invite them to join in searching for the hidden buried remains of King Kamehameha.

The young people will have to contend with corrupt land developers who are bent on doing whatever it takes to transform a pristine part of the island paradise into the next big exclusive tourist attraction for wealthy tourists.

The adventure - which involves a special map that will guide the youths to the lost burial site - becomes the source of a deadly struggle which will jeopardize the safety of both the twins and their new friend.

Narrated by the twins in alternating chapters, the story is filled with tidbits concerning the history, culture, flora and fauna of Hawaii. A fast paced plot
moves the action along at an acceptable rate that should keep most readers interested in the story.

Admittedly this novel for youngsters nine years of age and older is not quite as polished as some of the adventure material available from the mainstream publishers, but it also does not feature the gratuitous violence and casual sex that have also found their way into many young adult books.

For parents who may be looking for a high interest action adventure that also offers some positive values and information on Hawaiian culture and geography, this would be good selection.

Note: the book is also tied into the Youth Exploration Society and contact information is included along with information about their program.

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