Jazz is sixteen years old, she lost her mother in a car accident that gave her scars to her face. She is very conscious of this and everyone pointing and staring at her. Her father (a Longleat vet) decides they are going to Kenya for a year to work at his friend’s safari lodge. Jazz doesn’t want to go and doesn’t want to join in. Soon after arriving, at her lowest, she finds a leopard cub whose mother has been killed and decides she wants to take care of it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it was just lovely. It wasn’t soppy or over the top, the story also deals with the harsh side of running lodges, with poaching and killing. As I was reading it, my eyes often misted over for a range of emotions, happiness, pride, sadness.
This was a lovely story (can you tell I thought it was lovely, lol) just the right mix for teenagers and adults. It’s a coming of age story for both humans and leopards.