Thursday, January 30, 2014

Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple Blog Tour

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About the Book

Title: Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple (Zoe & Zak Series, Book #3)
Author: Lars Guignard
Publisher: Fantastic Press
Publication Date: January 1, 2014
Number of Pages: 267
Recommended Age: 8+


Last semester, Zoe and Zak returned the first lost Noble Truth to its rightful home. Now, Zoe and Zak are back in India for their second semester at Moonstock Himalayan Academy. School kicks off with the Activity Week Challenge in the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan where the students must deliver medical supplies. Things, however, take a turn for the worse, when Zak becomes deathly ill after an encounter with a strange floating bubble. On returning to Moonstock, Zoe and Zak discover that a creature has come through the lava hole far below their dormitory. When Zoe and Zak follow the creature, they soon discover what they must do. They have been tasked with finding the second lost Noble Truth -- the Tiger Eye of Justice. Finding the Tiger Eye sounds like an impossible mission, and it's only made more confusing when Zak discovers that he has been given a supernatural power to help them with their task-- a power which Zak, for the life of him, just can't control. But he's going to have to learn how to use his new ability, because if Zoe and Zak can't find the Tiger Eye quickly, Zak's time will run out.

My Review: We’re back at Moonstock, the unique boarding school in the Himalayas that Zoe and Zak attend. Readers familiar with the duo’s daring adventures will ease right into the story as Zoe and Zak’s new mission unfolds: the search for the second Noble Truth—the Tiger Eye of Justice. However, the story actually starts in Bhutan (a tiny mountain country north of India) where the kids are delivering medical supplies to villagers as part of Activity Week. Zak is distracted by a strange floating bubble and chases it … with dire consequences. He becomes deathly ill and weird tiger stripes begin to appear on his body. They learn that their mission to retrieve the second Noble Truth involves saving the Tiger People. Zak’s illness intensifies because he is now linked to the fate of the Tiger People. Time is running out for them, as well as Zak. To compound their problems, Zoe’s yogi powers are oftentimes erratic, and Zak has actually been given a power, which also creates complications at times. While their close friends at the school, Jill and Tuk, are supportive, a new boy arrives and a whole lot of trouble starts. This includes Zak being accused of stealing other kids’ stuff. Armed with their trusty companions Stryker and Doormat, Zoe and Zak have to get to the Tiger Temple, apparently located in the most dangerous part of the world, with vicious crocodiles, a giant snake, and (they say) man-eating tigers.
Put on your water-shoes, folks, and join this daring duo as they embark on possibly the most dangerous mission of all. The magic and fantasy of old Indian legends truly come to life as new villains emerge, and treachery abounds. The tiger is an iconic creature, both in Indian fables and in reality. The kids’ task is dangerous, and even their companions Stryker and Doormat cannot cope with the perilous situations. Stryker is bested by a giant snake that swallows Doormat whole. Zak is his usual ebullient self (the Zak Attack VLOG still going strong) but gradually his confidence verges on recklessness, especially when he experiments with his new power. A new character, Open Sesame the parrot, joins this motley crew and is so hilarious that he upstages the other players in every scene in which he appears. Once again, just the unique geographic locations (India, Bhutan, and the Andaman Islands), the lush beauty, and exotic elements will have kids scrambling for their world atlases to see where this adventure takes our young heroes. I enjoyed the fact that the school’s Activity Week involves a humanitarian mission, a good example for young readers. Zak and Zoe do a huge amount of growing up in the third adventure and much of it involves trust. They learn to trust themselves, their abilities, and each other. Loads of interesting facts, cultural references, and subtle life lessons pepper this latest adventure and no doubt young (and older) readers will appreciate this roller-coaster trip into a world of magic, fantasy, and legend.

Buzz About the Zoe & Zak Series

Book 1: "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 Book 1: "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 Book 1: "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 Book 2: "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 Book 2: "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 Book 2: "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  


Tiger Temple by Lars Guignard

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About The Author: 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. For news about new releases, please join his email list by contacting the author: Zoe&

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Tiger Temple Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

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Renee C. said...

Thank you for your very thorough review of the Tiger Temple. I also loved how the children visit geographical locations other than India this time around. I knew where Bhutan was, but I had never even heard of the Andaman Islands. There is so much educational AND entertainment value packed into this books. They just keep getting better and better. Thanks so much for taking part in the Tiger Temple Blog Tour.

Jemima Pett said...

Love your review, Fiona! I just finished it yesterday and couldn't agree more.

Fiona Ingram said...

I love books that take kids out of their comfort zones and challenge them mentally. This book is great because it excites all their senses and gets them really thinking about things.

Lars said...

Thanks for the thoughtful review, Fiona. So happy you're enjoying the Zoe & Zak books. I see that you're in South Africa. Maybe Zoe and Zak will make it there one of these days!

Fiona Ingram said...

Well, India is so exciting and interesting that I am sure they have enough adventure there for a while yet! I really want to visit India as well.