The See-Through Leopard by Sibel Hodge
Sibel Hodge crafts a wonderful story that goes beyond entertainment into the world of impassioned people who care about all species on this earth. This story is a tumultuous ride along sixteen-year-old Jazz as she recovers from a horrific car accident that leaves her scarred and motherless.
The stages of grief are one thing, but the ridicule and hate she has to endure by mean-spirited people is another. It is a wonderful look that when a person leaves behind self-centered thinking into the service of someone else, true healing can occur. When Jazz is mired in grief and self pity, her father moves them to a game reserve in Kenya and adventures take to foot from there. Conflict, controversy, drama, heroism, life altering events all come together to bring a suspenseful story to a full circle of life.
Added to this is the educational value of this terrible situation of poaching and endangered/extinct animals. It is so much more than a coming-of-age story, it is a cry for action for people to help save the species of this planet, even saving humankind in the process. This story is raw at times, portraying a gruesome scene that happens all too often. It is emotionally real, leaving the reader to empathize just as much as the characters. By the end of the story you can’t help but feel as impassioned as Jazz.
Sibel Hodge takes it a step further by ending the book with endangered wildlife statistics and contact information for organizations that are deep into the cause. This goes beyond mere animal activists, it is a step toward finding a solution to share this earth with all species. It is a wake up call that as humans we may be the smartest animals but at the same time the most ignorant.
To read other works by Sibel Hodge visit her website at http://www.sibelhodge.com/