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The Leopard Tree [Kindle Edition]

Tim Merriman , Lisa Brochu
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Three orphans from Kenya stow away on an airplane to embark on a desperate quest to meet the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York City and deliver a message they hope will help millions of homeless and hurting children in Africa. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz becomes their guidebook as they journey alone across the United States. The trio--one with HIV, one blind amputee, and one who hasn't spoken for years after watching her family slaughtered--find themselves embroiled in a situation beyond their imaginations as they get close to meeting their goal.

The Leopard Tree won the Best Young Adult Fiction Award in 2008 with Writer's Digest International Self-published Competition and a Third Place EVVY in the Fiction Division of Colorado Independent Publisher's Awards in 2008. This book was written with the hope of raising awareness of the millions of people in Africa who suffer the effects of malnutrition,malaria, HIV/AIDS, and the unspeakable atrocities associated with armed conflicts.

Lisa Brochu and Tim Merriman have spent the last four decades helping people connect with our global natural and cultural heritage. This is their first work of adult fiction, but they have several other non-fiction books in print. Through their books and speaking engagements, they hope to help others to know more and do more about the daily challenges in meeting basic needs that face tens of millions of people in developing nations. When they are not traveling the globe, Tim and Lisa live in Fort Collins, Colorado, on a small farm where they raise much of their own food. They can be contacted by email at lbrochu57@gmail.com and timfmerriman@gmail.com.


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The Leopard Tree brings to life, through Daudi, Masozi, and Ramla, the paradox of Africa. It is a continent where so many struggle with so little, and yet, so many live daily with tumaini (Swahili, translates to hope ). Merriman and Brochu capture the inherent hope and innocence of childhood while also issuing a call for action that makes us all want to join these three children in their quest. --Julie Cutler (consultant) email

Tim and Lisa congratulations on your book! I felt that you captured the heart of the African children who have aids and disabilities that limit their chance of a healthy survival. I say survival having worked with blind and disabled orphans in central Tanzania in a village called Wasa. After working with blind orphans on my second trip and witnessing such dire straits, I decided to return to Africa and construct a wing on an existing orphanage. Reading your book brought back many of the emotions that I felt when I was there. Bravo to you for raising awareness of the plight of the African youth while trying to instill a hope for humanity. Joe Wodiuk (contractor) The Leopard Tree grabbed every emotion I had and brought it to the surface. I couldn t put it down! This book allows one to question the fairness of this world and ask how one small person can help. Being a teacher and also visiting Africa myself, I am excited to present this book to my peers and classroom; for I know The Leopard Tree will be an excellent piece of literature that students and teachers can discuss. This book will be a springboard into broadening minds and opening hearts. Congratulations on a superb piece of work! Jill Wodiuk (teacher) --Joe and Jill Wodiuk email

This is a fantastic story. It drew me in immediately and painted a vivid picture of the plight of so many children in Africa. I found it tragic and inspiring at the same time. It was emotional, but also provided much food for thought. In short I loved reading it and think it's a story well worth telling. --Sheila Caputo (artist) letter

About the Author

Lisa Brochu and Tim Merriman have spent the last four decades helping people connect with our global natural and cultural heritage. Through their books and speaking engagements, they hope to help others to know more and do more about the daily challenges in meeting basic needs that face tens of millions of people in developing nations. When they are not traveling the globe, Tim and Lisa live in Fort Collins, Colorado, on a small farm where they raise much of their own food.

Product Details

  • File Size: 404 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Heartfelt Publications (July 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005A1GFLM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Touching June 20, 2011
Format:Paperback
Ever think you can't make a difference? Ever wonder how change happens in the world? Ever desire to do something "big?" Then this book is for you. It will inspire you to do what YOU can do in your own sphere of influence to make a positive difference in your world. The story follows three young African orphans on their own "yellow brick road" adventure from Africa to New York to deliver their plea to the U.N. for aid to people who have been ravaged by war. The Leopard Tree puts three, innocent child faces to lifeless statistics. It inspires the reader to act by reminding him, in poignant terms, that war inflicts atrocities on the innocent.

This book gripped me from the beginning and stirred my mind and heart. It may inspire you to find your own way "to be the change you want to see."
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deftly written and award-winning novel April 14, 2009
Format:Perfect Paperback
"The Leopard Tree" by Tim Merriman" is the gripping story of three orphans (one of whom is a blind amputee, another who is HIV positive, and the third who became mute since seeing her family slaughtered before her eyes) living in the abject poverty of Kenya determine to travel to America in order to meet the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York City and give him a message they hope will result in helping the millions of homeless and hurting children in Africa. Their guidebook is a copy of "The Wizard of Oz". Their encounters, their adventures, and their determination form the core of a gripping novel specifically and expertly written to engage the attention and interest of young adults -- as well as drawing their attention to the real-world, real-life plight of so many damaged young lives to the atrocities arising from the wars, diseases, and environmental changes that chronically afflict the peoples of Africa. A deftly written and award-winning novel, "The Leopard Tree" is a very strongly recommended addition to school and community library YA fiction collections.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration to Create Change June 23, 2008
Format:Perfect Paperback
The Leopard Tree is a story I won't forget. It's a story that's touched my mind and heart in permanent ways. Everyone loves a page-turner, the kind of book you can't put down because of the entertaining journey it takes you on--and this is one of those--but it is also so much more. The Leopard Tree's story left me feeling inspired and empowered to create positive change in the world. This is a book I can recommend to my wide circle of friends, from the most serious academics to the moms with elementary-age kids looking for a story adventure to go on together. You'll want to buy at least two of these, one to be a "keeper" on the shelf that you pull down to read over and over again each year, and another (or two, or five) to give as gifts. Be sure to visit the website too, [...], which has good content for extending your Leopard Tree reading experience, including the authors' Africa image gallery, tips for further reading, and ideas for being the change you wish to see in the world.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disservice to an important issue September 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Oh, I got tricked again by one of those "Free Today!" Kindle books. This book wasn't awful, it just wasn't very good. Let me start with what I liked: 1) I liked the intent of the authors. They wanted to create awareness and compassion for orphans in war-torn countries, and kudos to them for making this effort. We *should* all care about this and take real action instead of just paying lip-service to the idea of relieving suffering. 2) I liked the beginning of the book. I liked the characters and I liked where I thought they were going with the story. The children were truly endearing. 3) I liked how the authors brought The Wizard of Oz into the storyline. It was a really nice thread running through the book.
OK. Now for what I didn't like: 1) I didn't like the amateurish writing. Most of my other complaints fall under this big one, but I'm still going to take the bigger ones and pick `em apart one by one. 2) I didn't like the weird, unlikely dialogue. 3) I didn't like that I had to suspend my disbelief so many times. Anytime the plot needed forwarding, enter a totally unlikely and unbelievable plot device. SPOILER ALERT - Like anyone would be allowed through security and onto a plane without a ticket in this day and age? Geesh. 4) The emotional manipulation. This was totally crazy. They contrived situations where I could tell they wanted me to be affected, but it was so poorly written that it left me cold. Show me, don't tell me. 5) The political agenda. Compassion for the less fortunate is not found only in one political party. They made it sound like the evil, selfish, rich Americans are keeping these children from having good, whole, healthy lives.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and perspective-changing read June 8, 2012
By Cal
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sometimes you search the bookstores and find the right book. But, sometimes, the right book finds you. This was one of those times. Given to me as a gift, I didn't have any preconceptions or expectations about the book. But, from the first page, this book grabbed my heartstrings, and I held on for the ride. It is a wonderfully engaging story about three orphans from Africa that travel across the world to make a change for the better. The story encouraged me to gain perspective on my life, and inspired me to realize that everyone can make a difference, no matter how hopeless the situation. At its worst, this novel is a fabulous piece of fiction. At it's best, it is a gem of inspiration that can make the world a better place. I highly recommend you read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a beautiful, simple story that I enjoyed immensely
This was a beautiful, simple story that I enjoyed immensely. I was moved by the simple grace of the three main characters and the compassion others showed toward them. Read more
Published 4 days ago by CoCoNutsGirl2008
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Teens That is Amazing
I can understand why this book won an award for teens but cannot understand why it is advertised as a Woman's Read. I'm sure any young yeen would love this book.
Published 5 days ago by Annie Athens
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Book
This was an amazing book - one that makes you stop and think! It also reminded me of the blessings in my life and how not to take them for granted!
Published 16 days ago by Christopher Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars very touching
I really liked it. Easy to read. Cried a lot. Makes me want to help. USA has so much we could be sharing.
Published 19 days ago by Megan Music
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching tale
It may have been a little far fetched but it was sweet and held an important message for us all.
Published 23 days ago by SFJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
A must read. Not since "Life of Pi" have I been so intrigued by a book. Definitely will read again, and also recommend it to my son, who is not nearly the reader I am.
Published 24 days ago by Erica
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a heartfelt one of a kind novel.
This is a heartwarming story of 3 Kenyan orphans who make a trip to New York in hopes of bettering lives of others. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deborah J. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that touched my heart
I was privileged to host an evening with Authors Tim Merriman and Lisa Brochur at my home last night - when I read their most wonderful book, I could not help myself - I had to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by louise fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book!
This book was just outstanding! The plot and characters were incredible and yet believable at the same time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
This book was such a great book to read. I loved reading the adventures of the kids. Highly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Peggy Corbett
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