“I have a 10 year old son who is an avid reader!! He loves books, (but he’s picky too) he loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. He was so excited to read the 2nd book in this series! When I presented him the first book he was not sure he would like it but changed his mind quickly, then when I heard about the 2nd book being released he almost jumped out of his chair! (no exaggeration) He is anxiously awaiting the 3rd book! I would say that any child who enjoys fantasy/adventure books should read this series! It is a well written page turner! It’s a fun story that adults can even enjoy the storyline without getting bored! According to my son, ‘every kid should read this series’. ” ~ 5-Star review from SavyGreenSaver, Amazon “I loved this book, even as an adult reading it. I was completely sucked into the plot and was constantly finding myself staying up “just a little longer” to read one more chapter. Different twists and turns in the book have you constantly guessing who is behind what and who Zak and Zoe can trust. I could definitely see myself being involved in this series as a middle schooler considering how much I enjoyed it even now. Another thing I liked about it is if you missed the first book, you could still follow along with this one and not be lost.” ~ 5-Star review from Staci, Amazon “Lars Guignard has done a fabulous job with this series. I loved the `Ghost Leopard’ & love this one even more. For late-elementary to middle school age readers, you can’t beat this series. It’s fun and fast-paced. Even my picky fifth grader enjoyed every page. There are bits of magic thrown in keep the action exciting. Mr. Guignard has a brilliant imagination & readers are blessed that he’s chosen to use it for YA fiction. If you’ve yet to read the first installment in this series, do yourself a favor and read these books back to back. Don’t limit it just to kids! Adults will have a blast reading these too!” ~ 5-Star review from Liz Terek, Amazon
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I hope that Lars Guignard! Makes more to come! I think that it is the best for other kids that love fantasy book's !! Hope you love it too!!

“Great Book for Tweens”

My 10 year old grand daughter loved this book. She could hardly put it down. She hopes it turns into a series.

“Read this!”

I thought it was very interesting and also very funny. Me and my brother both really enjoyed it. Compared to other books I've read, it had way more details and I liked how it was in India because I've never been there. The yogi way was cool. I will read it a second time for sure.

“An Exciting Adventure!”

I would highly recommend this fast-paced page turner for all kids who like stories that feature magic, mystery, and adventure in an exotic location. Guignard's vivid descriptions of India -- both the chaotic city scenes and the trip through the majestic Himalayas -- bring the beauty of the country alive to young readers. His main characters, Zoe and Zac, are appealing and well drawn. It's fun to watch this pair of unlikely allies form a friendship as they race against time to rescue a supernatural creature from a villain out of ancient Indian mythology -- and discover their own hidden potential in the process.


Blog Review Tour for Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard

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Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard

Blog Review Tour (Fall 2013)

November 14, 2013

“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. … The plot itself is a non-stop, action-packed rollicking good time.  There is absolutely no guessing as to what will happen next.  There is danger, magic, mystery, and intrigue as the reader is taken for a wild ride from a bustling modern city in India to quaint villages in remote areas, and through the perilous Himalayan mountains in search of the mystical ghost leopard.  There is no time for a breather as the author keeps up a relentless pace which is sure to keep young readers engaged with the story and leave them begging to follow Zoe and Zak on their next adventure.  I can’t wait to read the next book!” Read the full review at Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“The Ghost leopard, from the very first page, just pulls you into the story [which] is beautifully written and Guignard’s characters are absolutely charming. While Zak can be annoying, you can’t help but admire his sense of adventure, and he eventually manages to break Zoe’s thick protective shell. But together, the two opposites manage to help each other through a rough adventure, at home and abroad. I can’t wait for the rest of adventures with Zoe and Zak to see where they go, who they meet, and the mysteries they uncover.” Read the full review at Jump Into a Book (Review)

November 19, 2013

“Love Love Love! This book had me from the first chapter. This book overflows with top-notch character development, culture, adventure, and FUN!” Read more at Fantasy Fun With Kirsten Pulioff (Review)

November 20, 2013

With scary train rides, monsoon floods, Cobras, jungles, strange goons with sharp pointy yellowed teeth, mystic artifacts, ancient Indian Gods, and close calls: this story has plenty of twists and turns.
This series is one I highly recommend for tweens.  

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“With scary train rides, monsoon floods, Cobras, jungles, strange goons with sharp pointy yellowed teeth, mystic artifacts, ancient Indian Gods, and close calls: this story has plenty of twists and turns. This series is one I highly recommend for tweens.” Read more at Mary-andering Among the Pages (Review)

November 21, 2013

“This is an action-packed, magical adventure with enough excitement and peril to keep young readers glued to the pages. This is the first of Zoe and Zak’s adventures so young fans can look forward to more fantastical events.” Read more at Fiona Ingram (Author Interview & Review)

November 22, 2013

“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.” Read more at Stitch Says (Review)

November 26, 2013

“Lars has a great sense of humor, which he incorporates into the characters, especially Zak and Zoe’s dealing with each others opposite personalities, and Mukta, the yogi―he cracked me up more than a few times. I was laughing through many parts of this book. I think it would make a really cool kids action movie.” Read more at Victoria Simcox (Review)

November 27, 2013

“I love this story and have difficulty putting the book down every time I picked it up, I am sure my 7 year old will enjoy this book as much as I do.” Read more at We are the DinoFamily (Review)

“A great book! I think readers will love this book. It really has it all; humor, adventure, suspense, the list goes on.” Read more at Sher A. Hart: Written Art (Review)

November 29, 2013

“Once Zoe and Zak are off on their adventure, the pace never lets up.  There are constant dangers lurking all around them and they are pretty much constantly fighting for their lives.  Throw in some really interesting mystical creatures and you have a recipe for a great MG novel!!” Read more at Best Kids’ Reads (Review)

December 2, 2013

“A book that is perfectly targeted to kids with a zest for adventure and travel, Zoe and Zak and the Ghost Leopard is both amusing and brave at heart, one of those books that asks young readers to journey along with the characters in the book into new places in the external world and within themselves.” Read more at The Owl’s Skull (Review)

December 3, 2013

“In short, if you have a reader with a thirst for adventure, let them take a rollicking rickshaw ride through the middle-grade magic of Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard.” Read more at InkSpired: A Blog (Review)

In short, if you have a reader with a thirst for adventure, let them take a rollicking rickshaw ride through the middle-grade grade magic of Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard. – See more at: http://www.melindatfalgoust.doodlekit.com/blog/entry/3710393/take-a-rollicking-rickshaw-ride-through-middlegrade-adventure-with-zoe-zak-and-the-ghost-leopard#sthash.BwwX5uAV.dpuf

December 4, 2013

“Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard is a well written story that flows so easily and pulls you in as the adventure unfolds. I was captivated from the very beginning and found it hard to put the book down. I highly recommend picking up this story and I can’t wait to read the others in the series.” Read more at BeachBoundBooks (Review)

December 5, 2013

The action in Ghost Leopard is nonstop. The story keeps you interested throughout and never slows down. A lot of strange things happen but, like Zak and Zoe say several times, “It’s India!”  I definitely recommend Ghost Leopard for readers of all ages and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.” Read more at Bound 4 Escape (Review)

December 7, 2013

“What book do you give after your child has devoured the Harry Potter series? Look no further than the Zoe & Zak Adventure series. Ghost Leopard is the first book in this series and is sure to keep your child engrossed in the story and reading to find out what happens at the end. From flying carpets to an exotic location (India!), this book will spark your child’s imagination and carry him off to an exciting world he will be happy to read about.” Read more at Generation iKid (Review)

December 11, 2013

“All in all, this is an adventure with a refreshing and interesting twist. I really think kids will enjoy learning about India (kids love to discover new things) while accompanying Zoe and Zak as they save the world.” Read more at  Bookworm for Kids (Review)

December 12, 2013

I know the book is recommended for readers 8+, but I’m way past that and I loved the book. The author wrote an adventurous book that makes reading fun and leaves you wanting more.  It is so important that the young read and the author makes that a pleasure for anyone.” Read more at Books, Reviews, Etc. (Review)

December 13, 2013

“I give this book a five star review. Full of action and adventure, something every kid loves to read about.” Read more at Kay LaLone I Love Books (Review)

 December 14, 2013

My oldest grandson is five, loves the stories and he constantly asks me questions. He loves all the adventure. The characters are well defined and fun.” Read more at Dalene’s Book Reviews (Spotlight)


Middle-grade novelist Lars Guuignard has done it again.  With a curry-flavored flourish he has gathered all the ingredients to create a recipe for adventure that’s sure to whet the appetite of any action-loving reader, large or small.


There’s nothing small about the new quest in which familiar heroes, Zoe and Zak, quickly find themselves embroiled.  Readers familiar with the series (of which Tiger Temple is the third), will remember to children’s search for the First Noble Truth in Book 2: The Yogi’s Curse.  Well, where’s there’s a first, there is bound to be a second, and when a supernatural creature worms its way up through the lava hole at mysterious Moonstock Academy, the young adventurers soon realize that they must secure the Tiger Eye of Justice.


Thus far, Zoe has driven the plots of Mr. Guignard’s books.  Readers are in for a treat, however, as this book sees Zak to begin to truly come into his own.  He receives a new power which will prove invaluable to their quest.  But, if he cannot master his newfound abilities quickly, the clock will run out of time.  When contact with a strange bubble afflicts Zak with an inexplicable ailment that threatens his life, readers will be rooting even more strongly for him to pull through.


The story abounds with puzzles and riddles, adding yet another level of enjoyment for readers.  Once again, too, Mr. Guignard has cleverly woven in historical facts about his beloved India. (Don’t worry, parents.  The story’s so much fun, the kids will never realize they’re actually learning something!) 

– See more at: http://www.melindatfalgoust.doodlekit.com/blog/entry/3720307/move-over-katy-perry-lars-guignard-roars-with-zoe-zak-and-the-tiger-temple#sthash.CM0n77I9.dpuf”

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