My first children’s book, Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, has just been released on Amazon. It’s a novel-length adventure story for kids, eight years old and up. Zoe & Zak, the heroes of the story, are twelve years old and just finishing off the sixth grade, to give you an idea of the age group it was written for.
The story takes place in India, where these kids end up going on a magical adventure. Wait a minute, rewind — India? Yeah, India. It’s kind of far away from North America, or Europe for that matter, so you might wonder, given that I’m not Indian, why I set it there.
The answer is that I had the good fortune of having my parents send me off to boarding school in the Indian Himalayas when I was a kid. There wasn’t exactly what one might call a logical reason for this, given that I was already going to a perfectly good school and I’d never been to that part of the world, but through a strange and convoluted series of events it happened, leaving me to attend a storied old boarding school high in the Indian Himalayas.
It seems to me that the things in life that blindside us with their utter randomness, also tend to have the most pronounced effects on us. It was like that with me and India. The things my fourteen-year-old self saw there were so amazing, the impact on my life so profound, that I decided to write a book set in a magical approximation of that milieu which my own kids might one day enjoy. Granted, the India I write about is in no way the whole picture – it’s not an exhaustive cultural study of the country and it’s not meant to be. What it is, is a whimsical adventure into an enchanted place, where the bounds of reality are pushed to a point where quite literally anything is possible.
I guess what I’m saying is, if you read the book, don’t expect a thesis or a social report, because you won’t get it. What you are getting is magic carpet ride straight into the imagination. If you have a boy or girl of around twelve who likes to read and go to new places, and hates being bored, then take a chance and check Zoe & Zak out. I’m giving the book away free of charge for two days this weekend with the hope that those who enjoy it, will return the favor and write a review on Amazon.
So if you or your kids liked Harry Potter, you still like Percy Jackson, and you’re thinking about starting to like The Kane Chronicles, then click this link and give Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard a try. I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. Either way, you can tell me about it.