…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.
Targeted Age Group: 8-13
Genre: Middle Grade, Magic Fantasy Adventure, Humor
I wanted to write Indian stories for kids ever since I attended a boarding school in the majestic Himalayas. The time I spent in the “school above the clouds” affected me profoundly, and once I returned home to North America I was struck by the lack of children’s stories from India available in our culture. Since India is such an incredible country, I decided to write a series of action adventure books for young adults about India to introduce young readers to this magical, mystical land. So if you’re looking for a great book adventure for kids, try Ghost Leopard today! When you wrote the book did you know you were going to offer it as an audio book?
Why did you decide to produce an audio book?
Ghost Leopard is a very cinematic book and lent itself perfectly to the audiobook medium.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
My production company produced the audiobook through ACX. The book is told from the first-person perspective of an 11-year old American girl. There are also many other characters such as the parents, Indian mystics, gods, and her mischievous co-protagonist Zak, an 11-year old boy. So it was a challenging project to find someone who could capture all of those voices. We auditioned several actresses and were thrilled to find our narrator, Bailey Carlson. Her range is incredible and she reminded us of a young Jodie Foster.