“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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“WARNING!!! It's the best!”

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.

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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.


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Interview with Sonja Field, Audiobook Narrator of Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse

Banner_YC_AudioBooksonja-1.field.281Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse is now an audiobook narrated by the talented Sonja Field.

Q: How did you get into narrating audiobooks?

Sonja: I’ve always wanted to do audiobooks. I have a good friend who’s been recording audiobooks for a few years now, and she told me about a website, acx.com, where publishers post auditions directly on the site, and you can audition for whatever book you want – as long as you’re then able to produce a high-quality recording on your own. I invested in equipment and taught myself how to use it, and then dove right in.

Q: Describe your recording space.

Sonja: I have a sound-proofed closet that I lock myself in. I hang quilts and blankets to deaden the room. I have my microphone and other equipment on a table in front of me, and my laptop on a table to my left. It feels pretty funny at first to be spending so much time inside a closet, but you get used to it. 🙂

Q: What is your process when you are recording an audio book?

Sonja: Every book is a bit different. For Yogi’s Curse, I would sit down and record an entire chapter without stopping. If I made a mistake, I’d just pause, say the sentence correctly, and continue recording, rather than going back and re-recording over the mistake in the moment. I like to get a good flow going.

Afterwards I would go back and listen to the chapter I’d just recorded while editing out any mistakes and all of my audible breaths. After that, Maria from Fantastic Press would have a listen and let me know if there were any other edits to be made. Finally I would master the track and upload it to the website.

Q: Describe a typical recording session. How long do you read? Do you take a lot of breaks? What do you drink?

Sonja: Again, it varies! While I was recording Yogi’s Curse, I was also rehearsing for 2 separate plays that I was about to perform in a rotating repertory. This left me with very specific and strange pockets of time in which to work. Typically I would wake up early in the morning, record a chapter, and start editing it. I would finish editing when I got home – sometimes as late as 10pm – and would be uploading tracks into the wee hours of the morning.

Since my schedule was so crazy, I didn’t really have time to take breaks – I had to just power through. I always have water with me as I record, or coffee – depending on the day. 🙂

Q: Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse has a lot of different accents as well as a lot of Hindi words. How did you prepare for reading that?

Sonja: I love doing accents, so many of them were already in my back pocket. I did research on Indian accents before reading those characters. Accent research mostly consists of watching YouTube videos, studying the accent’s particular sound changes, and really internalizing the music and rhythm of the accent. Maria provided me with a really helpful pronunciation guide for the Hindi words, as well – I would not have known how to do those!

Q: What did you like most about recording Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse?

Sonja: I had a wonderful time recording overall. I loved that the story was always moving forward – never a dull moment! I loved that I had the opportunity to create so many distinct character voices.

Q: What was the most challenging part of the process for you?

Sonja: Probably the editing, since it was so time-consuming and I didn’t have a lot of extra time in my schedule. Reading the book was absolutely delightful!

Q: Which of the characters did you feel the strongest personal connection with?

Sonja: Definitely Zoe. How can you not? The book is from her perspective. She’s brave and compassionate and always wants to do the right thing.

Q: Who is your favorite character?

Sonja: Zak cracks me up. He’s got a great sense of humor and a fun, easygoing attitude about life. He’s a supportive friend and a great counterpart to Zoe, who gets very task-focused and business-like, and sometimes stresses out about all the things she has to do. Zak is great at balancing her out and helping her see the fun side of life.

Q: What was the hardest voice for you?

Sonja: Talusar’s voice was pretty challenging! I found it very vocally demanding.

Q: Which part of the story was the most fun to narrate?

Sonja: All of the dialogue between Zoe and Zak was a lot of fun to do. They have such an entertaining relationship and a particularly fun dynamic.

Q: Why is this a good story to listen to?

Sonja: This is a great story to listen to because there are so many fun, unique characters and a new adventure in every chapter. There’s an intriguing mystery that gets introduced in the beginning, with a super cool twist at the end.

Q: Who would enjoy this story?

Sonja: Kids who like adventure or fantasy books would enjoy this story. I think it would be equally appealing to both girls and boys.

Banner_YC_AudioBook The audiobook of Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse is available at audible and iTunes.

 Other titles in the series are also available as audiobooks:

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