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Cats are loyal and they're smart too! And now they're banding together to help Charlie, a boy who knows how to speak their language.
What do you do when you come home one day and discover that your parents have been kidnapped? Well, if you're a brave young guy named Charlie Ashanti, you go off in search of them. And since you happen to know how to speak Cat, your feline friends — the stray cats of the city and the caged lions on a magnificent, astounding floating circus — rally around you, bringing help, advice, and occasional special deliveries. Little do you know that in this search of yours, the fate of the world is at stake. Sink your claws into the spellbinding tale of Lionboy. Meet a cast of characters you'll never quite forget — the good, the rotten, the ambiguous, and the delightfully weird. Follow Charlie through amazing places you just may have dreamed about, as he braves great dangers and experiences the remarkable. Join the adventure!
"Fast and suspenseful, this is a lively chase-and-escape futuristic adventure that will hold readers alone, readers aloud, and anyone who happens to be listening." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The saga is imaginative and engaging, and the elaborate details of the circus will appeal to upper elementary and middle school students." KLIATT
"Despite weaknesses, there's some inventive storytelling here, and readers who stick with it will look forward to the sequel." School Library Journal
"This inventive cat-and-mouse game combines hi-jinks with messages of mixed marriages, greedy pharmaceutical conglomerates, and environmentally caused allergies....Intriguing." Kirkus Reviews
When his parents are kidnapped, what?s ten-year-old Charlie Ashanti to do? Rescue them, that?s what! He doesn?t know who has taken his parents, or why. But he does know that one special talent will aid him on his journey?his amazing ability to speak Cat. Charlie calls on his clever feline friends?from stray city cats to magnificent caged lions?for help. With them by his side, Charlie uses wit and courage to try to find his parents before it?s too late.
With its whirlwind action and suspense, Lionboy is a nonstop page-turner. Already being compared to J. K. Rowling, this mother-daughter writing team will fascinate readers of all ages with their Cat-speaking hero!
What do you do when you come home one day and discover that your parents have been kidnapped? Well, if yo‛re a brave young guy named Charlie Ashanti, you go off in search of them. And since you happen to know how to speak Cat, your feline friendsÂ—the stray cats of the city and the caged lions on a magnificent, astounding floating circusÂ—rally around you, bringing help, advice, and occasional special deliveries. Little do you know that in this search of yours, the fate of the world is at stake.
From an exciting new mother/daughter writing team comes this captivating adventure full of heroes, villains, and astounding events. Set in a near future that blends the familiar and the new in unexpected, intriguing ways, Lionboy is an exhilarating, suspenseful whirlwind of a novelÂ—a book destined to become a classic.
About the Author
Zizou Corder is Louisa Young and Isabel Adomakoh Young, whose names are too long to fit on the cover of a book. Louisa is an adult and has written five adult books and far too many newspaper and magazine articles; Isabel is a kid and has written mostly schoolwork. The original Zizou is Isabel's Lizard. This is its first novel. They all live in London. Only one goes to school.
Louisa Young was a freelance journalist for many years, writing for national newspapers, motorcycle magazines and women's magazines. She studied history at Trinity College Cambridge, and has of course worked as a street performer, a motorcycle messenger, a cocktail waitress, a singer, and so on. Her first book, A GREAT TASK OF HAPPINESS: THE LIFE OF KATHLEEN SCOTT, was a biography of her grandmother, the sculptress widow of Scott of the Antarctic. She is also the author of a romantic adventure trilogy for adults and THE BOOK OF THE HEART, a cultural history of our most symbolic organ. LION BOY, cowritten with her daughter Isabel, is her first children's novel. She lives in London with her daughter, their lizard Zizou, several spiders and a dead tortoise.
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