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Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard (Zoe & Zak Adventures #1)

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Imagine you're totally lost in a strange city with no idea where you are and no way home.
Now imagine that elephants and snake charmers start telling you that you've been chosen to save the world.
Would you even believe them?
What would you do?

Zoe Guire isn't sure. Having that elephant talk to her was really weird, and, as a rule, Zoe doesn't do weird. Except the thing is, wh
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Paperback, 338 pages
Published July 21st 2012 by Fantastic Press (first published April 26th 2012)
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Kirstin Pulioff
Love Love Love! This book had me from the first chapter. This book overflows with top-notch character development, culture, adventure, and FUN!

Written from the perspective of Zoe, an 11 year old girl, the book begins with a bang. Caught up in the overwhelming sights and sounds of India, she arrives at her hotel ready for an adventure. Unfortunately, her mother's work interferes with her plans, and she must find a way to entertain herself for awhile. Joined by a school friend, the slightly annoyi
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Julie Grasso
We begin the adventure hearing Zoe's Guire's every thought, as she travels to India with her mum, for what she thought would be a relaxing holiday after her mums conference finishes. Enter Zac Merril, and his dad, also attending the conference. Zoe is less than impressed. When Zoe and Zac's parent's are urgently deployed to address a matter of great importance, strange things start to happen to Zoe, and Zac is no help. He seems to specialise in getting himself and Zoe into mischief, that turns o ...more
Delphina
There is an in between stage when children are not wanting to read "baby" books any more and parents do not want them reading young adult books yet. Finding a good book to help foster the love of reading in a child can be a challenge. That is why I am so excited about this book and series. It has high interest level without a vocabulary that excludes all but the best of readers in the target audience. I am also excited because I think this will be a great read aloud and my kiddos are almost at t ...more
Annette
Fun book! Interesting start to what will be a very entertaining series
Victoria Simcox
This novel is jam packed with adventure, tons of humor and great information on the culture, religions and mysticism of India. The main character, Zoe, is a smarter than average, type A, eleven year old girl, who tags along with her mom on her business trip to India. Zoe figures she’ll have fun doing things with her mom during her free time―that’s what she figures, however, things don’t go quite as Zoe had planned. Soon after she arrives at her luxurious hotel, she is unexpectedly surprised by ...more
Fiona Ingram
When 11-year-old Zoe Guire arrives in India on a brief sojourn with her mom, she has no idea what is in store for her. She also has no idea that she possesses hidden powers. Upon their arrival, Zoe discovers (to her mild annoyance) that Zak Merril, a boy she knows from school, is also there with his dad, who is Zoe’s mom’s colleague. Events take a strange turn and both Zoe’s mom and Zak’s dad have to leave to sort out a few things. Ostensibly, Zak and Zoe will remain at the Delhi Grand Palace ho ...more
Chris
I read a lot of middle-grades and young adult literature, so when I was offered a free copy of the audio version of this book in return for a review, I jumped at it. Unfortunately, if I hadn't felt obligated to do the review, I would have stopped the book less than halfway through.

This is being marketed with comparisons to the Harry Potter and Lightning Thief series. Maybe in some parallel universe. I would say it is closer to Michael Grant's Magnificent 12 series, especially in terms of readin
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Heather
I am learning how to listen to audio books. I have to do something else active or I fall asleep. I can't be on the computer at all or I totally tune out. So, I cleaned. My husband is possibly fainting and probably trying to figure out how to thank the publisher and Candace. Cleaning is very low on my list of priorities. But cleaning while listening to an audio book....it's like being in another world and I kind of forgot I was doing something I hate. I might be on to something here.

Zoe and Zak a
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Christina  Torretta
What a fun read! This reminded me of my days devouring Nancy Drew and her mysteries! Much like Zoe and Zak she would always find something completely incredible and be able to get herself out of trouble just in time!

Much happens in this that make Zoe and Zak question their sanity, and everything around them. They wind up getting into so many crazy scenarios and just as I started thinking what in the world are they going to do to get out of this, something even more incredible happens! But it was
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Renee
*** * WIN 1 of 3 COPIES OF GHOST LEOPARD (Open WW ~ Ends December 17, 2013)* ***

My Review

Steeped in Indian mysticism, Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard is a magical journey through the eyes of 11 year old Zoe Guire into an ancient world where good must battle evil to protect the legendary Ghost Leopard which assumes a physical form (and consequently is vulnerable) only one night every 100 years. When Zoe travels with her mother, her colleague, and his son Zak Merril to India, she soon begins t
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Bèbè ✦ the Ryski  ✦
Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard is an adventure story about Zoe and Zak who were chosen to protect the people of India from the Monkey God. When Zoe’s mother takes her to India for her business trip, Zoe is determined to take the best picture so she can win her school’s contest.

But when she sees Zak, a boy that she went to school with, she is annoyed and really doesn’t want him there. However, he loves adventure so when he finds Rhino Butt’s map, Zak wants to know where it takes him.

I abso
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Ginny  (Gin's Book Notes)
**Original review on Gin's Book Notes- http://ginsbooknotes.com**

Three words to describe Ghost Leopard by Lars Guignard: Fun, Smart, Adventure

The main characters of this story are Zoe and Zak. Zoe is a smart and regimented eleven year old. She sticks to the rules and enjoys learning new things. Zak is the complete opposite. He is impulsive, immature, and seems to find trouble wherever he goes. I loved both of these characters. The Mom part of me cringed at some of the predicaments they got thems
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Paul
A great book! I think readers will love this book. It really has it all; humor, adventure, suspense, the list goes on. I noticed more than once Zoe commented that the downside to photography (she loves to take pictures and is trying to win a photography contest at her school) is that,"sometimes you feel like you weren't really there in the moment." This is so true. I think that a lot when I am somewhere taking pictures. I love being able to relive those memories by looking over the pictures at a ...more
Brooke Bumgardner (Brooke Blogs)
I received this audio book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

This was a really fun audio book to listen to! The story was full of magic, fantasy and adventure. I think that the narrator did an excellent job with the voices, especially doing children’s voices. Lars has a gift for writing. It was neat because I was able to imagine my 11 year-old daughter Keira in the place of Zoe. Some of the things she said as well as some of her mannerisms were similar. Lars has written a special story h
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Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Nov 12, 2013 Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 8+
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Mother Daughter Book Blog Tours
I received an e-ARC copy of this book for a blog tour in return for an honest review. At first, I loved the book with the little bit of humor and how exciting it was to be a child who goes on a trip to India, but as the book went on, it was kind of hard to keep myself interested in the story. Once the adventure actually started, then the story started to pique my attention. Overall, the story has an awesome plot line and is a very well written read with humor and attention to detail of the Hindu ...more
Ashley Howland
Zoe and Zac are trapped together in India while their parents work. Told to stay in the hotel, they end up on an amazing adventure. Together they must save the mythical Ghost Leopard. Along the way they uncover an age long mystery and must work together to succeed. This is a fast adventure story that is filled with fantasy. The main characters Zoe and Zac are engaging and easy to relate to. Children will enjoy the never ending excitement. I look forward to reading the next Zoe and Zac adventure.
Ronda Fox
I liked the concept when I read the synopsis, but I was sorely disappointed. Instead of begging an exciting adventure of a girl and her friend, it was a very slowly moving, unrealistic (there has to be SOME believability even in fantasy), and boring book.

The main character was a huge problem for this book. At the beginning she kept thinking, "no," but she went along with Zak no matter what. Plus, she was way too responsible to let all the initial things occur since she overthought EVERYTHING. Fu
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Ashtrie Karana Putrie
This book open up an adventure of two kids in India, the land of old magic where deity still hold their power. As a fan of Indiana Jones, I like how the story goes. Action packed adventure in exotic environment would bring children and big kid (like I am) to a journey in imagination. With educational trivia immersed in the story would give the book another thing to talk about.

Recommended for school age and above.
Sheetal Dash
The concept of the book was very interesting and I really enjoyed the descriptions of India. It could've been part travel guide. Also, the villain, is one that of the most scary that I have come across in a YA book.It may have been more interesting if it was told from Zak's point of view. A slightly troubled kid that has a good heart that just needs to figure things out, including himself.
And unfortunately, I am familiar with the Hindi gods but maybe a cheat sheet in the back of the book would'v
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Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
0 stars - DNF

Where I stopped reading: page 64 on my Nook

Why I stopped reading: I just could not get into this book. It is a middle grade fantasy book that sounded like a fantastic read. I was really looking forward to it. It took me three days to read 64 pages. I just didn’t want to read it. The characters turned me off as did the circumstances. Case in point, these kids are 11 years old. They go with their single parents to India for a government conference where the parents, who are there for
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Cassandra
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!

The cover is awesome and looks like Indian Jones kid style :) It totally attracts people to the book :)

Okay, I picked this book up back in December, but I didn’t put it in my read soon pile until I signed up for the blog tour for book 3. At the time, I didn’t even realize that I already owned book 1 & 2, I just hadn’t read them yet.

This book is a great kid adventure in India. I love that it puts tidbits about India mixed into the entire
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S.W.
A journey that’s full of legend and magic.

The Ghost Leopard is a story that is set in exotic India and is packed with a colorful assortment of cultural legends and customs. Zoe and Zak are a couple of teens who know each other, but have never really been close friends. Zoe is the clever, dependable one, and Zak is the carefree guy who loves a good laugh.

Early on in the story our pair of budding heroes accompany their parents on a business trip to India. I realize that the plot needed the kids to
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Dena (Batch of Books)
Talk about an adventure on the wild side! Ghost Leopard lived up to my every expectations when it came to action and imagination. Flying carpets, demonic monkeys, ancient curses, ghosts...you name it. For me, it was highly reminiscent of Indiana Jones.

At the very beginning of the book I had the dreaded "Oh no" feeling when several cliche's happened in succession. It opens with a dream, and Zoe waking up. As a reader, I have been there and done that too many times to count. Then I got the whole "
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Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard audiobook was an interesting listen. Zoe is telling a story much like a diary. She comes off as a mix of things: annoying, young, overprotective, overbearing, bossy, and often no fun.; whereas Zak is her opposite, he’s oblivious, troublesome, impulsive, imaginative, and outgoing. I think that this mix made for a good book. I have to admit that the reader did a very good job with her voicing of the characters including the Indian populations but sometimes I wan ...more
Crystal (Kris)
While I enjoy reading a good book, I just love listening to an audiobook that has been narrated well, and that's just what I found with the audiobook of Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard. Bailey Carlson does a wonderful job expressing the characters' personalities and making the words come to life. I felt like I was right there with the Zoe and Zak, sharing their adventures with them.

Zoe is a pragmatic, intelligent girl. Because of this, she can get judgmental, especially when it comes to Zak.
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Nicole Hewitt
4.5/5 Stars

This review and many others can be found on my blog - Best Kids' Reads

Ghost Leopard was a fast-paced adventure story that is perfect for the 9-12 set! It follows Zoe and Zak on a mystical adventure through India, where they find that they are expected to protect a mysterious creature called the Ghost Leopard.

The negatives:

The beginning.
I thought that the book started out just a little bit slowly with a little more detailed explanation than a 9-12 year-old might prefer at the beginnin
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Amy Fournier
*Actual rating 3.5

Every once in a while I love a good middle grade book, and I also love audiobooks, so when approached about this tour I was very excited for it. This book was such an adventure. It was fun and different, and I absolutely adored the characters. Unlike a lot of books where friends go through things, the characters in this are not friends. In fact, Zoe doesn't even like Zak at all. It makes it really great watching them become friends through their journey. They go through quite a
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
3.5 Stars

I haven't listened to very many audio books in my time, I usually get too distracted while listening to them and rarely complete them, instead I usually end up picking up the book or abandoning them all together. I have to say though, the narrator of this did a fabulous job and I was able to listen to her weave Zoe and Zak's tale without all the normal distractions getting in the way. The fact that I was able to let my children listen to this with me was a huge bonus as well.

I will say
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Kimberly Souza
“Zoe & Zak and the ghost leopard” by, Lars Guignard

Zoe Guire and her Mom have traveled to India for business. When they get there Zoe finds that Zak Merril, a boy from her school, has also traveled to India with his Dad. (The kids’ parents sometimes work together.) Normally this would be a good thing but Zoe and Zak aren’t exactly friends and Zoe finds herself feeling annoyed. Zoe makes a promise to her Mom to be nice to Zak but she doesn’t know how much trouble that promise is going to get
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Kayla Beck
Review originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.

Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard by Lars Guignard is a super fun audiobook that I listened to over the course of about two weeks. It is about two kids who go to school together who happen to run into each other in India while traveling with their parents. They weren't really friends at the start of the novel, but we see the progression of their relationship. (Not THAT kind of relationship - they're eleven.) It reminds me of The 39 Clues series
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Lars Guignard is the author of the bestselling Zoe & Zak Adventure series and the Circuit series of novels.

Ever since attending high school in the Indian Himalayas, Lars has been an avid backpacker and traveler. After a stint spent circling the globe, he settled down long enough to attend the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He then went on to work as screenwriter in the film and televi
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