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, when Zoe goes along on her mom's business trip to India, things get very weird, very quickly. Soon after she arrives, Zoe finds herself tagging alongside a kid named Zak, lost in a crazy city, with no money and no way home.
And those are the least of Zoe's troubles. Because if she's to believe the scary-looking snake charmer guy sitting in the corner, she and Zak have been chosen -- chosen to protect some kind of mythical animal called the Ghost Leopard from who knows what.
Now, the further they get into the mountains, the more crazily impossible things get. Carpets fly and statues talk and if either Zoe or Zak want to make it back to their parents, or the sixth grade, or anything even close to normal, they're going to have to make some new friends, learn some new tricks, and listen, really listen to that talking elephant. Because if they don't, the world will never be the same again.
Join Zoe and Zak as they journey high into the Himalayas to a place few have been and even fewer have returned to tell about it.
Live life beyond the edge.
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. They decide to follow the map and see many things on their way to the mountains. They might even discover that magic, is in fact, might be real and statues do cry diamonds.
I absolutely loved Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard and think that it’s the perfect book for middle graders. There is that time when children don’t want to hear anymore about fairytales and want some action to get them excited for books. I really think that this book was well written and is able to catch anyone’s attention. The characters were very well presented and it was amazing to see the world through 11-year old’s eyes.
Since I was listening to the Audiobook version, I do think that it takes time to get used to the narrator, that was for me at least. At times it felt like she was overdoing it but if you consider the fact that this is meant to be a younger public, it was perfect.
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