About the Book
Title: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard (The Heroes of the Himalayas, Book #1) * Author: Lars Guignard * Publication Date: January 9, 2014 (2nd Edition) * Publisher: Fantastic Press * Pages: 338 * Recommended Age: 10+
Summary: For Percy Jackson and Harry Potter Fans
Some say all children are born with magic inside of them.
Zoe Guire is about to find out if that’s true.
Zoe doesn’t believe in ghosts. She doesn’t believe in mythical creatures. And she definitely doesn’t believe in magic. But it’s amazing how quickly everything you think you believe can change when you’re confronted by the impossible.
When Zoe finds herself lost, halfway around the world, her first thought is that she needs to get back to where she came from. Fast. But her friend Zak has other ideas, and when a peculiar snake charmer directs them deep into the Himalayan Mountains in search of a mythical leopard, what began as an accident soon takes on a life of its own.
Zoe isn’t worried. Not at first anyhow. Sure the talking elephant is strange, and the snake charming yogi is stranger, but she’s a big girl. She figures she can handle it. But then, somewhere between the living statues and the screeching monkeys, Zoe realizes that what is happening to her and Zak is no accident.
It’s the result of something Zoe has deep within her, an energy so powerful, yet so personal, that she alone can right a deadly wrong.
But nobody said confronting an ancient evil would be easy. And Zoe and Zak will have no chance at all unless they put aside their differences and believe.
Discover the magic inside of you. Join Zoe and Zak on their Himalayan adventure today.
*The adventure continues. When you’ve finished Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, be sure to read Book Two in the Zoe & Zak Series: The Yogi’s Curse, followed by Book Three, The Tiger Temple. And yes, Book Four is coming soon!
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Excerpts and Links to Reviews of “Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard”
Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard received 15 new reviews through this Book Review Blitz.
Linda (Goodreads): “Lars Guignard pens a hilarious tale of magic, mystery. and intrigue as Zoe discovers it is within her to find her Way Path, all she wanted to do was take a picture of the ghost leopard and discover what she was.“
Jane Ritz: “This is an awesome book for middle grade students.”
Book Heathens (Amazon): “My 15 year old and I are in love with Zoe & Zak! This book is packed full of action, adventure, humor with some mystery and suspense. A great middle grade series all are sure to enjoy.“
Bookworm for Kids: “Summed up, this is a nice mystery/adventure set in a foreign world (in many respects). I think fantasy friends ages 8+ (especially boys) will enjoy this.“
Val Muller: “I would recommend this book for younger readers who prefer adventure stories rather than stories bogged down by introspection and character development.“
2 Read Book: “Narrative writing told the story convincingly while it painted a wide range of vivid pictures dancing in my head. This story got me laughing and giggling so that’s a big deal for me also I thoroughly enjoyed the history lesson and adventure and plot. I know children, middle school age will absolutely enjoy reading it too.“
Susan F. (Goodreads): “There is enough adventure to keep a young reader interested and also Zoe’s mystical side and the mystical creatures, such as the ghost leopard and a talking elephant. There is a lot of adventure with scary train rides, monsoon floods, cobras, jungles, strange goons with sharp pointy yellowed teeth, mystic artifacts, ancient Indian Gods and close calls which put plenty of twists and turns in this most interesting story. It is definitely a must read.”
The Ninja Librarian (Audiobook): “Wow, what an adventure! It is well-paced, exciting, and kept me listening. I think that the author developed the characters (at least the main characters) very well.”
Amy B. (Amazon): “Both Zoe and Zak are great characters and to me balance each other out. The history behind the story of the ghost leopard is told perfectly and even the history of India was done well. Really looking forward to reading more from Zak and Zoe.“
Jill (Amazon): “All in all, I thought that this was an enjoyable book. I think that kids in the late elementary/early middle school age will like this book the best. This book is like a mix of the Animorphs series, “The Wild Thornberries”, and a pinch of “Percy Jackson” for good mythical measure. If you or your child is a fan of those things- I’d recommend it!“
Ashleigh’s Books: “This book is an amazing read. Zoe has lots of personality and is really fun to read about. I had a lot of fun learning about Indian mythology as Zoe did. The Ghost Leopard is well written and I enjoyed reading about Zoe and Zak.“
Beauty Brite: “I read this book aloud to my 12 year old daughter, who loved it. She can’t wait to read more!“
Bing (Goodreads): “The story is action-packed and suspenseful. I had to finish it in one sitting and I look forward to reading the other books in the series. I think it important to expose children to different cultures at an early age, so this book would make a fun start!“
Rockin’ Book Reviews: “Various, religious beliefs, myths, cultures an more come together in the fast paced, fantasy adventure story for YA!”
Pragya (Amazon): “Concept of the book is interesting and each scene and object is described in detail so that is good.“
About The Author: Lars Guignard
Prior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for the “Heroes of the Himalayas” series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple.
He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range.
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