Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy, #1)
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Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy #1)

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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, ad...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 29th 2003 by Dial
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I'm going to start off with a Harry Potter comparison: remember that very first line of The Philosopher's Stone? The voice jumped out at you; it was the voice of a narrator who knew what an epic tale she was spinning. Same goes for Lion Boy. With the most perfect chapter one possible, the author has got our protag, his parents, his background and his problem established. The very last line is the jewel in the crown. No seriously.

We slip easily into Charlie's viewpoint. His delight over being tre...more
Rachel Terry
The story is set in England in the future. The US is called The Empire, and it's evil. There are very few cars because the world has run out of oil. The main character's parents have been kidnapped because they have discovered the cure for asthma, but the large drug corporations are afraid they won't be able to sell asthma medications anymore. Cats are especially keen on a cure for asthma, for obvious reasons, and the main character can speak Cat, which is very handy, especially if you run away...more
I like how the athor make the coverpage with a lion and the title LION BOY. I also liked how the author start talking about how the kid start talking too the animals but only the family of the cats, specially with the lions.The bad part was that the parents of the kid were rapted because they trated to invent a posion that was for the alergickis of the cats. In the book the kid go to a circus and know that he can talk to the lions so he scaped with them to a place and find a king. The book is v...more
Charlie Schnell
Read this one with my daughter. Neither one of us were thrilled with the book. We discussed it and found that we were both fairly bored. On the bright side it did help her meet reading goals at school.
Kisah ini dimulai di London bertahun-tahun yang akan datang. Adalah Charlie Ashanti, bocah lelaki berayahkan Aneba Ashanti, ilmuwan asal Ghana (Afrika) dan beribukan Magdalen Start, juga seorang ilmuwan, asli Inggris. Maka, Charlie berkulit kecoklatan hasil berpaduan ayah-ibunya.

Seperti anak lainnya, Charlie sekolah, bermain, dan senang bertualang. Ia memiliki keistimewaan yang tidak dipunyai oleh seorang anak – atau bahakan orang dewasa sekalipun – yakni, mampu berbahasa kucing.

Sejarahnya begin...more
Beth Bonini
I used this book with one of the 10 year old boys that I privately tutor; in some ways, it wasn't the ideal reading experience for me because it got read chapter by slow chapter. He enjoyed it enough, though, that he wanted to read the second in what is a trilogy. Unusually for trilogies -- which seem to be almost compulsory in YA lit these days -- this is not a stand-alone book. Indeed, if I have any criticism it is that the book ends on a cliff-hanger, with absolutely none of its issues or mys...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Well-done world-building and character development. No cliches or tropes. The description of the circus is reason enough, imo, to read the book.

I love how Charlie is a kid - brave, clever, but still a kid. I love how we spend time with the parents - they aren't just vaguely waiting to be rescued. I love how even minor characters are well-developed.

I found the book both intelligent and exciting. My only quibbles are the big heaping pile of luck at the end, and the fact that I don't quite care e...more
Kim Dyer
There are a couple of things that Lionboy does very well. It possesses a very unique premise and contains a very strong male lead. However, beyond this it has a lot of problems.

Firstly, this novel is marketed as having appeal for children and young adults but personally I don't see it. It's a children's book, plain and simple. The language and plot structure are far too simplistic to have any real appeal for an older audience.

The pacing is painfully slow in places. Although the start and end of...more
This was a pretty good book. It was about a boy (who has a very unique gift) whose parents are kidnapped, and how he has to go after them . . . and the adventures he has along the way.

Maybe it's for people a bit younger than me. I'm not sure; I'm not the best judge of that either, coz I've read books before that are for younger-than-me-kids and I don't mind reading books like that if they have a good plot. So yeah. It depends on you ;)
Sarina Madan
I love this children's book. One of my favorite things about this book is that the Charlie character is really smart and resilient without being annoying. Plus I loved that the cats talked like cats would really talk instead of taking on entirely human personalities.
This book was quite good with an interesting perspective on the future. An all too real problem has become the cancer of the future and the cure is high in demand..... or so we thought. When Charlie Ashanti, the cat speaking boy's scientist parents are kidnapped after they discover the cure for asthma, Charlie is left to rescue his parents at the same time escape their kidnappers who are after him as well. With the help of his cat friends from home, stray cats from around France and a bunch of d...more
Petta Rosetta
selalu suka buku cerita petualangan kayak gini. meski banyak yg misterius sekaligus ga masuk di akal, overall bukunya menghibur ^^ menantikan edisi selanjutnya
Pada buku ini, Charlie yang baru saja berkumpul kembali dengan orang tua-nya dan juga Mabel (ibu kandung dari Rafi Sadler sekaligus bibi-nya) ditangkap oleh Maccomo si pelatih harimau sekaligus mantan kekasih Mabel. Maccomo bersiap menjual Charlie ke Korporasi begitu juga dengan Radi Sadler yang tertangkap bersamaan dengan Charlie. Petualangan demi petulangan pun terjadi kembali.

Kali ini yang mencari adalah orang tua Charlie. Mereka mengikuti jejak Charlie menaiki sebuah kapal laut menuju pulau...more
Charlie Ashanti is the son of two pretty well-known scientists. He has a pretty good life, he goes to his lessons everyday, he spends time with his parents, when they aren’t busy, which is kinda rare, but he still loves them all the same. The only thing that makes him different from all the other kids: he can speak Cat. One day, he comes home from his lessons, and is slightly scared to find his parents are missing, and his mums lab door is open, and it is always locked, no matter what. He assume...more
This book came highly recommended to me by numerous students who read it before me, and I did find that the plot drew me in. While I thought that Lionboy was going to be a fantasy novel (based on the blurb on the cover:"A zinger of a story, told with a J. K. Rowling-like blend of humor, drama, and headlong plotting." --the Washington Post) it turned out to border on dystopian science fiction. Charlie's parents have been kidnapped by the Corporacy, an economic power player that even the British g...more
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This is a roller coaster fantasy of a book, the first in a trilogy, which manages to pack in everything a young reader could possibly ask for in order to be kept on tenterhooks. It’s got a boy who can speak to cats; a circus on board a ship; corrupt drug companies and governments; evil relatives; concerns about how animals are treated in captivity, as well as issues raised about the environment. It is set in a petrol poor, corporation controlled future (perhaps not too far away then!). Charlie A...more
Charlie Ashanti is the son of two scientists who are kidnapped as the result of a dramatic discovery they've made (the cure for asthma, which is rampant in this near-future world). Ten-year-old Charlie decides to go in search of them, and uses his ability to speak Cat (which he's had ever since he was scratched by a leopard as a baby) to gain helpful information. The local...more Charlie Ashanti is the son of two scientists who are kidnapped as the result of a dramatic discovery they've made (th...more
Ms. Laina
My rating: 4 out of 5

I really enjoyed this book. I think young adults will too because Charlie is at such a young age when his parents are taken from him, yet he has the courage to venture out and search for them. The book is well written and features large print that makes it a quick and easy read. What makes this book especially neat is that Zizou Corder is the shared pen-name of English novelist Louisa Young and her daughter Isabel Adomakoh Young.

Plot summary:
The first in a series of three,...more
Alyssa Hirsch
LIONBOY Book Review
How do you think you would feel if you come home one day to find your parents missing? What if the most popular kid at your school, whom you admired, had something to do with it? Well, that’s how life is right now for Charlie Ashanti and the only things he can rely on are one: a piece of paper with a bunch of random letters and numbers written in his mother’s blood, and two: cats. Yes, cats. What Charlie keeps secret is that he has this strange ability to talk to cats. This s...more
Charlie Ashanti's parents are brilliant scientists, and they are on the brink of finding a cure for asthma. The world should be rejoicing, but the people who profit from selling asthma medications are not too thrilled. That may be the reason they've kidnapped his parents and Charlie finds himself in deep danger. Charlie has a special gift, though, he speaks Cat. And, through this special ability, he is able to enlist the aid of cats everywhere to send secret messages to his parents and communica...more
Sejarah mencatat, hanya Nabi Sulaiman-lah yang mampu berbicara dengan para hewan. Tak pernah ada lagi nama seseorang yang tercatat setelah beliau, yang mengerti bahasa kucing apalagi di saat yang sama teknologi handphone telah berkembang dengan pesat

Namun tak ada ada hal yang tak mungkin jika semua hal tersebut terjadi di negeri fantasi. Hal – hal apapun diijinkan sehingga tak perlu bertana bagaimana kejadian aneh,ajaib dan yang tidak masuk akan, bahkan konyol sekalipun dapat terjadi dengan muda...more
Kelly Maybedog
No time for a thorough review but here's a short one: this is the first in an unusual fantasy trilogy by Zizou Corder. it's not really a trilogy, it's more of a long novel split into three; you really can't read just one as the end of each leaves more questions than answers. It was entertaining and well enough written that I whipped through the series as fast as the audiobook could go. (audiobook note: there is annoying calliope music played at the beginning of a couple of chapters. I hate calli...more
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A perfectly charming book! Probably not the best word -- charming -- to lure a young audience, but really, this is a wonderful book for readers who want pluck and teeth and who are not yet ready to abandon courage and hope. I love the way way the author (a duo, I think, with an odd pseudonym) made the fanciful real and the real fanciful. The premise is ridiculous, though the evil corporation angle will appeal in a tangible way to lefties. And Charlie, the brave Lionboy, is full of brain and braw...more
Katie Clark
So, this is my second try. I did read it all the way through, but I lost interest as the story seemed to go from a boy searching to save his kidnapped parents to a story more about the goings on of a circus and the boys relationship with a family a lions.

While I love the concept of the book, I really wanted it to be more focused. The conclusion just dropped the conflict it seems to be finished in the sequel. I was very disappointed. Also, the person who was labeled as the main antagonist, Rafi,...more
Weston W.
Charlie Ashanti is the son of two scientists who have some information that some people would love to get a hold of. Charlie all ways knew his parents were smart but not so much that they would get kidnapped, but no worries, because Charlie has help of his own... not from humans, technology, or even great physical or mental abilities... that's right, you guessed it... He can speak to cats! With the help of his ability, he is able to escape the relentless villain of story and somewhat find locati...more
Dawn Wood
I really liked this book's approach. The concepts in the story were very adult. Racism, kidnapping and corporations control of pharmaceutical markets and innovations. The story itself is told from a child's perspective so at the beginning there's a lot of innocence and charm. I feel like the main character grows up through the book with similar charm as the Harry Potter novels.
I'm not sure if I pulled up the correct version of this audiobook. I tried to find the narrator's name listed and couldn't, but I wanted to make sure to give credit to Simon Jones as a an extremely talented narrator.

The story was really good, not life-changing; lots of adventure and excitement. I was quickly drawn in and rooting for young Charlie. The variety of characters throughout the book is great.

The writing is very good when compared with most of today's juvenile fiction.

But the narrati...more
Charlie Ashanti can talk to cats, but it's not something he brags about. Most people wouldn't get it--or would come up with some way to exploit him for it, probably. His mother and father are well known scientists. His home is warm and loving. Until the day he comes home and they're gone. His parents, that is. And then he is kidnapped as well, though not reunited with his parents.

Charlie's unique ability helps him escape from his kidnapper and starts him on an incredible journey to find his pare...more
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Zizou Corder is Louisa Young and Isabel Adomakoh Young, whose names are too long to fit on the front of a book.

Louisa is a grown-up and has written five grown-up books; Isabel is a kid and has written mostly schoolwork.

The original Zizou is Isabel's lizard, only he spells it Zizu. They Have written five books together: the highly acclaimed Lionboy trilogy, Lee Raven Boy Thief and Halo.

They live in...more
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The Chase (Lionboy Trilogy, #2) The Truth (Lionboy Trilogy, #3) Halo Lee Raven, Boy Thief Lion Boy Trilogy (Books 1, 2 and 3) ((Book 1), Lion Boy: The Chase (Book 2) and Lion Boy: The Truth (Book 3))

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“Thanks," he said. "De nada," said Julius. "What does that mean?" said Charlie. "It's nothing, in Spanish." said Julius. "I mean, it means nothing, the word nothing, not that it doesn't mean anything, though of course it doesn't mean anything, it means something: it means nothing. Nothing is what it means. Not that it doesn't mean anything." "No, it means nothing, I know what you mean." said Charlie with a straight face. They started to giggle.” 14 likes
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