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The Leopard Tree by [Merriman, Tim, Brochu, Lisa]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Heartfelt Publications (July 1 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005A1GFLM
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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I loved this book, such a sweet seemingly real story. Falling in love with the characters feeling their pain during their journey, laughing with them along the way - truly amazing. Looking forward to the sequel.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4f3a194) out of 5 stars 299 reviews
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d14e40) out of 5 stars Inspiring and Touching June 20 2011
By Nancy Bernard - Published on Amazon.com
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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."
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d14e94) out of 5 stars A deftly written and award-winning novel April 14 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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"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.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d162e8) out of 5 stars Inspiration to Create Change June 23 2008
By Kelly C. Farrell - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d166a8) out of 5 stars An inspiring and perspective-changing read June 8 2012
By Cal - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3d16654) out of 5 stars A disservice to an important issue Sept. 18 2013
By Kristi S. - Published on Amazon.com
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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. As a wealthy nation we are absolutely responsible to help, but never once was it even mentioned that much suffering would be alleviated if there was less government corruption in those suffering nations. A friend of mine brings supplies to Kenya on a regular basis, and is always held up with bribe attempts. He's trying to help, and corrupt people in government are trying to make money on the aid he's bringing to help their own people. Just another piece of the pie that should have been mentioned. The issues are complex, and this story tries to oversimplify them.
I know this review is pretty scathing, and I feel badly about that because the issue is important. The issue is, however, important enough that it deserves a much better platform than it is given in this book.