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Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple (Kids Adventure Series Book 3) by [Guignard, Lars]
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"I am a big fan of the Zoe and Zak series. I think it’s the perfect action adventure series to hand to kids who have read every word that Rick Riordan has ever written." - PragmaticMom Amazon 5-star review

Zoe and Zak have learned some things since their first semester at Moonstock Himalayan Academy in India:

#1 Don't trust the parrots.
#2 Don't eat the food.
#3 Don't stick around if something crawls out of the lava hole beneath your school. And most important of all...
#4 Don't make a rule you can't break.

Last semester, Zoe and Zak returned the first lost Noble Truth to its rightful home. Now the seventh graders are back in India for their second semester at Moonstock, their boarding school high in the Himalayan mountains where magical things happen on a regular basis.

School kicks off with the Activity Week Challenge in the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan, where the students must deliver medical supplies. Things 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 learn that they have been tasked with finding the second lost Noble Truth -- the Tiger Eye of Justice.

Finding the Tiger Eye seems like an impossible mission, and it's only made more complicated when Zak discovers that he has been given a powerful gift to help with the task. But Zak's new gift is a double-edged sword, and if Zoe and Zak don't find the Tiger Eye quickly, Zak's time will run out.

The Tiger Temple takes Zoe and Zak deep into an exotic world of magical enchantment and heart-pounding action. It promises to be the most thrilling Zoe & Zak adventure yet.

*If The Tiger Temple is your first Zoe & Zak book, don't forget to check out where it all started with the first book in the series -- Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard. After that, you can read Book Two, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse. And yes, don't worry, Book Four is coming soon!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Adventure Books (28 December 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #530,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 18 January 2014
By Nikki Bennett - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Last year I traveled to both Bhutan and India, so I was very excited to read this book, which takes place in both countries. And I was not disappointed. Not only is Zoe & Zack and The Tiger Temple well-written and fast-paced (even for a longer middle grade book,) I felt like I was back in those countries as I read.

I hadn't read the previous books, but even so, was able to pick right up and follow along. Zoe and Zack, and all the characters in this book, are well developed, and the adventures and perils they find themselves in will spellbind any reader--kids as well as grown-ups. The kids in the story face challenges anyone can relate to--school, bullies, humiliation, triumphs, even breaking the rules a bit. But they also have to deal with flying carpets, vengeful monsters, and ancient myths that have suddenly intertwined with reality.

The great thing about this book, besides the fun adventure, is the exposure kids will get to different cultures, mythologies, and ways of life. Reading books like this compels youngsters to think beyond their horizons, to dream of faraway places, to develop an interest in the world around them. Even as an adult, this book made me want to pack my bags and head back to India--maybe to discover a lost temple in the jungle, or simply to learn more about the amazing culture and mythologies so wonderfully told in this book. to buy the other books. I need to read 'em all!!

Nikki Bennett
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(The author provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great addition to the Zoe and Zak adventure series for tweens and teens 17 January 2014
By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Tiger Temple, the third book in the Zoe & Zak series by Lars Guignard, is another adventure set in mystical India where our young heroes are given another important mission by the “mother of the universe”, the goddess Durga. This time, not only must Zoe and Zak find the Second Noble Truth (i.e., The Tiger Eye of Justice) in order to free the Tiger People; but, they must do so in time to save Zak’s life who becomes cursed when he comes into contact with a mysterious bubble – a bubble intended for Zoe.

But to do so, they must contend with the new boy at school, Vijay – who takes an instant dislike to Zak – and a powerful enemy from an old Indian legend, Virochan, who wants to claim the power of the Tiger’s Eye for himself. As in previous books, Zoe and Zak receive help along with the way with familiar faces such as Mr. Muk, Mon Sta, and even Alta, the flying elephant, who makes a surprise appearance. In an added twist, Zoe and Zak enlist the help of their two friends, Jill and Tuk, who now know a bit more about their friends’ secrets. It will take everything in Zoe and Zak’s arsenal, including Zoe’s growing yogi powers, Zak’s new-found gift of gab with animals, and trusty friends Stryker, and Doormat to defeat this new enemy.

As in previous books, Guignard does a tremendous job of immersing the reader in Indian culture and mythology. We are introduced to a new Goddess, Durga – who is Ganesha’s mother; and, in a very entertaining part of the story, the students of Moonstock take part in a game of elephant polo! As always, the reader is also teased with mouth-watering descriptions of Indian food including pappadums, tandoori, and butter chicken. Yum! Guignard also does an outstanding job of describing all of the geographical locations visited by Zoe and Zak in the story: the mountainous landscapes of Indian (and Bhutan!); the tropical beauty of the Andaman Islands between India and Thailand; and the rugged beauty of Gangotri at the mouth of the river Ganges. There are a whole lot of geography lessons packed into this book!

One of my favorite things about the Zoe and Zak series is the creativity in coming up with new challenges that the two main protagonists must face. In the Tiger Temple, mysterious stripes begin to appear on Zak’s body like sand slipping through an hourglass signalling the end of time (for Zak); they are chased by a large snake which, in a climactic tension-filled scene, devours Doormat (don’t underestimate him though!); they discover magic portals between worlds; they get to ride on the back of giant tigers; and finally, they come face-to-face with not only a large and angry blind tiger, but a nasty new villain! Phew!! The action never slows down! There is no losing the reader as, scene after scene, Zoe and Zak are faced with a new challenge.

Having read all three books thus far, I must comment on the development of the two main characters that I have witnessed. Given that Zoe is the narrator of the story, it is easier to see how she is growing as a character. She is gaining more confidence as her yogi powers develop and she gets more comfortable with taking risks. What I find interesting is that Zak’s character has grown by leaps and bounds from a slightly more marginal role in the first book, Ghost Leopard, to a much more significant role in Yogi’s Curse, to becoming equal in importance in Tiger Temple. It’s tricky business to achieve balance when one of the main characters is the narrator, but I think the author is totally on the right track. More please!

My Bottom Line:

Tiger Temple is another grand adventure set in mystical India featuring our two favorite protagonists: Zoe and Zak. This time around Zak’s life is truly in danger and it is a race against time to find The Tiger Eye of Justice in order to save him as well as the Tiger People. This story features the ever-growing and developing kids Zoe and Zak; an exciting and engaging plot; new and nasty villains as well as new friendly faces (and some old!); and, lots of mystical and cultural elements originating from India peppered throughout the text. Tiger Temple is the best story in the Zoe and Zak series thus far and I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next! I highly recommend the Tiger Temple as well as the whole Zoe and Zak series to children aged 8 and older who love a great adventure filled with mystery, suspense, and mysticism.

* I received this book free-of-charge from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riordan-Like Hindu Mythology Adventure Series! 24 February 2014
By pragmaticmom - Published on
I am a big fan of the Zoe and Zac series. I think it’s the perfect action adventure series to hand to kids who have read every word that Rick Riordan has ever written. Even better — this series is set in modern day India with a backdrop of Hindu mythology. Because Lars Guignard lived in India as a child, he writes vividly of both the Indian countryside and urban India while weaving in Hindu gods with a nail biting adventure.

Here’s an example of how Guigard weaves in history into his story:

“Thank you. I keep meaning to take it to the tailor to have it fitted for me. It is a Coat of Ten Thousand Nails. Mughal armor. Have you learned about the Mughals in school?

We all shook our heads.

“They are a very famous dynasty of kings who lived many hundreds of years ago. Some say all of India experienced a golden age under their rule. Shah Jahan, the most famous of the Mughals, built the Taj Majal for his wife.”

This Riordan-Like Hindu mythology adventure series is perfect for those kids who like the combination of action set in modern times but with historical references to ancient beliefs. Zoe and Zac are armed with latent powers and special equipment which they need given the save-the-world tasks they are given. Each book in the series reveals their different abilities and magical items. His series is a page turner while also embedding culture and mythology from India, a winning combination!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was another charming book full of adventure, magic, and great characters! 28 January 2014
By Kirstin - Published on
This was another charming book full of adventure, magic, and great characters. In this book we follow Zoe & Zak as they set out to find the second noble truth, the tiger eye. Not only do they need this to protect the truth but also to save Zak.

There was so much to love about this book- great characters, fantastic plot twists, culture, and bad guys you love to hate. The author has found a great formula for blending adventure with magic. I loved how this book changed things up a bit with Zak, and how the characters continue to grow with each story.

With the premise of finding and protecting the noble truths laid out, I am anxious to see what other adventures Zoe & Zak embark on, and how they grow as characters. This is quickly becoming series I can count on for its high quality and entertainment.

Another 5 star book.
4.0 out of 5 stars As fun as promised! 6 June 2014
By DianthaJ - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
*Listened to the Audiobook*

I've found another great Middle Grade series, it appears. Though I came into this series late (book #3 was my first read), I'm sold off of this one book. Did it have a little something to do with the fact that it was an audiobook? Probably, and here's why.

The narrator was freaking awesome. Sonja Field has ruined me for audiobook narrators from here on out. I'd pretty much given up on audiobooks because most narrators suck. But not Sonja. Not only was the narration clear and audible, but she did the voices! Gotta do the voices. She did accents and she did kid voices and she did adult voices and she even did animal voices. Yes, animals! She rocked this book all over the universe and I seriously look forward to listening to the other books now just to hear her do what she does again.

The plot was fun and imaginative. Don't get me wrong. Guignard wrote a great plot as well. I adore mythology so this was just my cup of tea. I'd never read any books based around Indian mythology so that was a plus for me. I really liked how Guignard made the plot move, as in, he never stayed in one place. The characters were always going on adventures and racing to save the day, and that made the book really enjoyable. Many fantasy authors promise action and adventure, and don't deliver half of that. Guignard didn't make that mistake. This book was as fun as promised.

The characters were cute and interesting. Zoe and Zak were great. But Zak was my fave. He was hilarious and every time he whipped out his phone and did his vlog, I had to laugh. He was such a kooky little boy and I couldn't help but like him. Add in Field's amazing vocal performance and you had a recipe for awesomeness. Zoe was that 'voice of reason' and balanced out Zak really well. I'm really interested to go back to the first book and see how their relationship began and compare it to how it is in the third book. I can tell these are characters that grow from book to book, even if they are young.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable read. Guignard, though writing for young readers, didn't forget about the adults. I think it was just complex enough to keep our attention, yet not so complex as to lose the young people. That's how you do Middle Grade. So well done there.

Do I recommend? Of course! If you're into MG Fantasy, this is just a great book/series to take on. I would so suggest the audiobooks, but if that's not your thing, that's okay. You will still love it!