Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse by Lars Guignard
Read by Sonja Field
Genre: Middle Grade Magic, Fantasy Adventure. Ages 8-13
Length: audiobook length is 7 hours 36 minutes
Publication Date: November 20, 2013
Zoe and Zak are back in India. Again. And this time they’re attending Moonstock Himalayan Boarding School, which might seem fun except for the fact that the school itself is a little strange. Students ride elephants instead of school buses, snarling monkeys work as security guards, and angry parrots monitor the halls. And even when they manage to get used to the wildlife, the food is absolutely terrible. But living with a bunch of other kids their age can be a lot of fun, too, or at least it seems that way until Zoe’s roommate goes missing. Following the directions written on a steamy bathroom mirror, Zoe and Zak fly through the clouds on their magic carpet to learn that the two of them have been chosen yet again. This time they’ve been asked to lift the Yogi’s Curse. It’s not going to be easy. Zoe and Zak don’t even know what the Yogi’s Curse is let alone how to lift it, but like it or not, they soon discover that a whole lot of people are depending on them. Now, if they’re going to save the day, Zoe and Zak are going to have to fool the monkey guards, avoid the nasty parrots, and maybe even develop a supernatural ability or two. Because lurking beneath Moonstock is a powerful new enemy. And if Zoe and Zak can’t stop him, nobody can.
Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse by Lars Guignard is one of my favorite middle grade books. I have an eleven year old daughter, and she has enjoyed Zoe & Zak’s adventures as much as I have. I’ve read the ebook in addition to listening to the audiobook. The narrator does a great job of telling their story. I think she reads with enthusiasm and really makes the characters and the story come alive. Even though I’d already read the ebook, it was still awesome to get to listen to the audiobook. I felt just as excited hearing the story read to me as I did the first time I read it. If you (and your kiddos) enjoy action, adventure and mystery, this is a wonderful series to pick up.
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Some things people are saying:
“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.com
“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
“The action is non-stop and plot twists and turns keep readers hanging
onto their magic carpets as they fly along with our heroes. The
magicality is wonderful, using legends and fantasy elements from Indian
culture and mythology. There are no instant spells ‘imported’ into the
story: all the enchantment belongs firmly in India, using cultural and
folkloric aspects that will no doubt get young readers interested in
reading up more about the background.” 5-Star review from Fiona Ingram, author of The Secret of the Sacred Scarab
“Yogi’s Curse is a non-stop thrilling adventure featuring the
ever-entertaining tweens, Zoe and Zak, now attending boarding school in
India. Armed with Zoe’s growing yogi powers and Zak’s trusty whip
Stryker, the duo must rely on their wits when a new evil descends on the
school and students begin disappearing. Lars Guignard keeps up the
pace with this second installment in the Zoe and Zak Adventure series. I
recommend this series to tweens and teens who love a great adventure
steeped with magic and mysticism. Ages 8+.” 5-Star review from motherdaughterbookreviews.com
About the Author:
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 and 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 here: Zoe&ZakAdventures@gmail.com
About the narrator:
Sonja Field combines her life-long passion for reading with her skill as an actress to bring audiobooks to life! A dynamic and versatile narrator, she has logged hundreds of hours recording textbooks with an organization called Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. She loved recording the action-packed Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse because of its wealth of colorful, quirky, and memorable characters.
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