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Ghost Leopard by Lars Guignard Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

Title: Ghost Leopard (Zoe and Zak Series, Book #1)

Authors: Lars Guignard

Publication Date: July 21, 2012

Publisher: Fantastic Press

Pages: 338

Recommended Age: 8+

Summary (Amazon):

Zoe and Zak are lost in exotic India, where gods and magic still exist. Before they can find their way home, they just have to do one little thing… …Save a mythical creature from an ancient evil that wants to rule the world. When Zoe Guire goes along on her mom’s business trip to India, things get very weird, very quickly. An elephant god speaks to her from the bottom of a swimming pool… She and her classmate Zak get locked in a trunk and shipped off to a strange city near the foothills of the Himalayas… and a crazy snake charmer tells them they’ve been chosen to protect a mythical creature called the Ghost Leopard from an ancient evil that wants to take over the world. As they travel deeper into the majestic mountains known as the Realm of the Gods, things get even weirder. If she and Zak want to make it back to their parents, they’re going to have to tap into powers they never knew existed. Because if they don’t, things will never be the same for any of us ever again.


Jump Into A Book’s Review of Ghost Leopard:

The Ghost leopard, from the very first page, just pulls you into the story, starting off with one of many of Zoe’s mysterious dreams. But this isn’t your ordinary adventure story. Not only does Lars Guignard embrace the mystery and mythology of India, but he also uses his brainy main character Zoe to educate readers about the colorful culture of India in a narrative style. Kids will finish reading this book with a broad knowledge of an interesting foreign country.

The story 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.
Something To Do:
~Make your own Lassi Drink:
Lassi drink
The Lassi is simply and Indian yogurt-based drink, typically made with mango, but you could use your favorite fruit if your not a big fan of mango like me.
~Decorate a butterfly
swallowtail butterfly
Decorate your own Swallowtail Butterfly to decorate your door like the Swallowtail Lodge that Zoe and Zak stay at.
Use any color that you imagine the Ghost leopard to be. Green. Blue. Maybe even pink? Who knows. You’ll just have to find out.
Handprint leopard
~Indian Vocabulary:
Before Zoe left for her trip to India, she did a lot of research and was very knowledgable about the culture she was about to dive into. As you read, see how many new Indian words you learn, and see how many you remember at the end of the story.



Ghost Leopard - Zoe and Zak by Lars Guignard

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The Buzz

“Awesome! ~ I am 11 and I liked the book because I love adventures. It was a different kind of adventure from what I usually read and it was funny too. ” ~ 5-Star Review from J. Olsen, Amazon

“This was a fun read. This book was like a kid’s version of Indiana Jones. It’s also very educational as Zoe tells you real facts about what she sees and the history. I enjoyed it immensely. If you have a 10-12 year old child that loves adventure books, this is definitely a must read. ” ~ 5-Star review from Simone Lilly-Egerter, Amazon

“I’m sure this book was written for children who are around the age of the two children in the book, 11 or so. But, this 35 year old loved this book! It had action, adventure and imagination galore! It was exactly the kind of adventure that a lot of kids that age dream of.” ~ 5-Star review from The Novice Christian, Amazon


About The Author: Lars Guignard

Lars Guignard
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 Zoe and Zak 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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Ask Lars Guignard a Question on Goodreads

Fantastic Press is pleased to announce that Lars Guignard will be answering questions about Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard throughout the day on Monday, December 16th, 2013 on Goodreads. If you have any questions for Lars or just want to introduce yourself, you can head on over to Goodreads and say hello now. Also, everyone who joins the Forum will earn an entry into the Ghost Leopard Blog Tour giveaway (see below for more details).

Click on the Goodreads Button below to go to the Mon, Dec 16 – “Ask Lars Guignard about Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard” event and leave a question for the author anytime from now until December 16th, 2013.



The Ghost Leopard Blog Tour Schedule (2013)

November 15

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November 16

Brooke Blogs (Author Interview)

November 18

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November 19

Black Words – White Pages Kids (Review)

Fantasy Fun With Kirsten Pulioff (Review)

November 20

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November 21

Fiona Ingram (Author Interview & Review)

November 22

Stitch Says (Review)

November 24

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November 25

Bibliothecary Prescriptions (Review)

November 26

Bound 4 Escape (Review)

Victoria Simcox (Review)

November 27

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Sher A. Hart: Written Art (Review)

November 28

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

November 29

Best Kids’ Reads (Review)

December 1

Every Free Chance Book Reviews (Review)

December 2

The Owl’s Skull (Review)

December 3

InkSpired: A Blog (Review)

December 4

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

December 5

Geo Librarian (Author Interview)

December 7

Generation iKid (Review)

December 10

That Girl Reads (Spotlight)

December 11

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Cheryl Carpinello’s Writing Pages (Author Interview)

December 12

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December 14

Dalene’s Book Reviews (Review)

** Be sure to look for the upcoming Blog Tour for Book 2 in the Zoe and Zak Series, “Yogi’s Curse” coming December 15, 2013. **


* Ghost Leopard Blog Tour Giveaway *

Ghost Leopard - Zoe and Zak by Lars Guignard
Prize: Three winners will receive a print (U.S. & Canada) or electronic (international winners) copy of Ghost Leopard by Lars Guignard.

Contest runs: November 15 to December 17, 11:59 pm, 2013

Open: Worldwide

How to enter: Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author Lars Guignard and Fantastic Press and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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4 thoughts on “Ghost Leopard by Lars Guignard Review and Giveaway

  1. Love this book! Glad to see that it will be a series. It is wonderful for kids who have run out of Rick Riordan books and I love that it’s set in India with exposure to Hindu gods.

  2. Thank you for your review of Ghost Leopard – I love your add-ons from the book! I’ll have to try to make the Lassi – I just love mango! Yum! Thanks so much for taking part in the Ghost Leopard tour and we look forward to hearing what you think of Book 2!

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