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.
I’ve been lucky enough to go to India and the Himalayas (although Nepal, not Bhutan) and to see tigers in the wild. This book brought it all back to me. Even if you weren’t as lucky as me, I’m sure you will also be transported by Mr Guignard’s delightful and vivid descriptions of the scenery, the mountains, the animals, the people – and the school. Zoe narrates the story, but Zak is rarely far away, and makes his own notes on his mobile (or iParsnip, as my friend Blackbird would say) giving us his take on the situation. Zak is the sort of irritating boy that makes a great foil for a girl like Zoe (I speak from a girl’s perspective), and although often exasperating, he has a generous helping of all the best qualities. He certainly grows during this episode.
I loved the pace of the story, the way it interweaves legends and stories that might just be genuine into a fantastic piece of fiction. I loved the little touches like the depressed flying carpet (oh, to have thought up something like that!) and the water shoes with gears. The trip up the side of the mountain, transferring from bus to truck to get past the landslides reminds me of some of my own long-forgotten adventures in mountainous areas.
This is a wonderful third trip with Zoe & Zak, and their friends Tuk and Jill. It is full of excitement and spreads out a rich tapestry for our enjoyment. Fortunately it was only the Second Noble Truth that was being sought in this adventure – there are more yet to be found! I can’t wait.
5 stars from me (although I could do without the 4 chapter filler from the first book at the end).
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
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About The Author: 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&ZakAdventures@gmail.com
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Tiger Temple Blog Tour Schedule (2014)
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Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash).
Contest runs: January 15 to February 21, 11:59 pm, 2014
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15 thoughts on “Book Review and Blog Tour: Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple by Lars Guignard”
I love your review, Jemima. I’ve recently read book 1 and the others are definitely on my radar. I’ll need to check out book 2 before this one.
I confess I read the third book first, Steve – it’s a complete adventure in itself. I will go back and read the others though – and I’m looking forward to the fourth… and fifth!
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Thank you for your great review of Tiger Temple Jemima and for taking part in the tour. It’s good to know the third book stands alone – I read them from the start and I think it sucked me in even more as you watch Zoe and Zak grow. If you should go back and read the first two, you’ll really see how much Zak has grown as a character, in particular.
Thank you for organising it all, Renee.
I was interested in jumping in three books in to see how it works from my own point of view, of course. It’s an interesting experience.
Love your review. How neat that you have been able to experience the areas in which this book is set! It sounds like a book my son might like to read.
Thanks for visiting, Keitha. I’ll certainly recommend it to your son, it’s a great adventure!
Sounds like a great series. I’ve never traveled to that part of the world, but my spouse has, and I’ve seen and read lots about it. Bet I’ll like it!
You will, trust me. I recommend a local tour company especially for wildlife tours. I have the details of the people that took my group on the tiger trail.
Well I was talking about liking the book! No plans to travel in that part of the world–we’re spending our savings next summer on a trip to Peru!
Ah, well… I recommend a wonderful hotel in Cusco that rehomes some of the street kids (I’ll look it up) and the bus up to Puno and a trip on Lake Titicaca and a night on one of the islands 🙂
The stars on Lake Titicaca are mind-boggling!
Hi, Jemima. I’m glad the Tiger Temple brought some old haunts back to you. It’s always fun when that happens — like running into an old friend. Did you see in the news how there’s a man-eating tiger stalking Indian villagers? Wow. Anyhow, thanks for your thoughtful review!
It was a delight, Lars, thank you! Sorry to hear about the villagers, I hope it all sorts itself out ok.
I am really enjoying this series! It’s nice to be on the same blog tour as you! Thanks for sharing with the Kid Lit Blog Hop.
Thanks for visiting and YAY! to the #kidlitbloghop 😀
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