From bestselling and award winning author, Sibel Hodge, comes a inspirational coming of age novel…
Most sixteen-year-old girls are obsessed with their looks, but Jazz Hooper’s obsessed for a different reason. After a car accident that kills her mum, Jazz is left with severe facial scars and retreats into a dark depression.
Fearing what will happen if Jazz doesn’t recover, her dad makes a drastic decision to move them from England to a game reserve in Kenya for a new start. And when Jazz finds an orphaned leopard cub, it sets off a chain of events that lead her on a two year journey of discovery, healing, and love.
“A percentage of the royalties from the sale of this book will be contributed to Panthera, a leading international conservation organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the world’s big cats, plus other wildlife conservation groups.” — Sibel Hodge, Author
Many thanks to Joseph at Relax and Read Book Reviews and the author as I won an e copy of this book in a give away over on Joseph’s blog page.
The See-Through Leopard is a YA novel but one that can be very much enjoyed by adults also.
Nearly the whole story is set in Kenya. Even though it is a part of the world I have yet to travel to, through the authors descriptions, I could easily visualise the animals and the breath taking scenery that Jazz was seeing for herself.
Jazz has so little confidence in herself due to the loss of her mother and the mental and physical scars she has been left with. It really was heart breaking reading certain parts and I felt a mixture of wanting to give her a big hug as well as give her a good shake and tell her how beautiful she still was.
The bond that Jazz has with Asha is one that I am sure many of us would truly love. Having to be a surrogate mother to Asha is just what Jazz needs. Her fears that she once had for herself are now transferred onto Asha and I have to say that it makes Jazz turn into one pretty remarkable young lady.
The See-Through Leopard will certainly open your eyes to the dangers that the animals have to face and it is sadly not other animals. Humans are the biggest killers of these wonderful and majestic animals and if something isn’t done soon even more animals will be extinct.
A wonderful coming of age novel and one that I hope we can learn from.
The See-Through Leopard is available to purchase from Amazon