Listen to Your Spirit by Kayo Fraser
Orphaned after a plane crash in Africa, two kids from Florida, 12-year-old Kelly and her 10-year-old brother, Jake, have to find their way out of the jungle. In the delirium resulting from her injuries, Kelly meets her spirit guide, a black leopard, who appears when she prays for someone, anyone, to help them. She doesn’t understand what he means the first time he tells her, “Listen to your spirit.” When two white men and two natives find them, the kids are relieved, but their excitement fades as they realize it is greed that motivates the white men who rescue them. Mystery enshrouds their lives in South Africa before they learn the truth behind the misconceptions. Simba, the black leopard, appears in several forms, helping Kelly find her destiny as she learns to listen to her spirit.