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Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy #1)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,646 ratings  ·  287 reviews
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
Published October 8th 2005 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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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
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.
What a fun book! Just a romping, rollicking adventure story with lots of layers to it. I read this book all in one day; it's an easy read and really captured my attention. The plot even surprised me a few times!

I love Charlie's character! His emotional ups and downs are perfectly timed to the pace of the plot, and give us a feel for his humanity, making him an interesting and endearing character.
I loved Charlie's parents right away too; such a quirky family with their own little language!
Even th
Nov 28, 2014 Ravencrantz rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a younger audience
This book has been sitting on my shelf since middle school and honestly I wish I read it back then because I think I would have enjoyed it more. I mean, it's great. It has a POC as the main character and that's something I always love because we need more diversity in books. Plus he can talk to cats. I'm thinking that was the reason I picked this book up all those years ago. That or the shiny cover.

I finished it pretty quickly, so I mean it didn't take up a lot of my time, but I just don't think
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
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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
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
Kelly H. (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
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
Iftekhar Chowdhury
'Lion Boy' is an amazing story revealing the fate of a boy with a strange ability on an epic journey beyond his ordinary life. This book has surprised and impressed me in many ways.

Firstly, the fact that it was written by two people initially made me doubtful about the quality of the book and if it was going to jump between one type of writer and another, but it worked brilliantly and I don't think the story would have been as good if there was only one author.

Also, the first chapters begins in
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
Knox Sara
The Lionboy series is one of the very few trilogies that I got sucked into, and loved it. They are phenomenal. It is about a young man named Charlie who's parents were kidnapped. He sets off on an adventure to save them, but he has one trick up his sleeve. He can speak cat.

Charlie is a bright young man that the ambition to do what is right. He would go out of his way to help a stranger, animal, or anything that could use some help. One example is when he promises to help the lions. His actions h
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 ;)
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4.5/5 stars

This book was, overall, very good. I enjoyed the plot and it seemed.. realistic, even though it wasn’t really. I did, however have some minor issues with the writing style, but they didn’t really effect my opinion too much. Even though I know the book is middle grade, the witting style did seem quite annoying and childish at times (this may be because I don’t really read middle grade). Also, the way in which the author described different things throughout the book got slightly tireso
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.
I picked this up as a potential title for my Chatterbooks group, but as it turns out I can't get enough copies for everyone so it is a non starter. Probably just as well, since I think they would be frustrated by the fact that the story doesn't actually end. Turns out it is the first of a trilogy, but nothing about the edition I read made this clear. So that was a bit of a downer for a start. I suppose I should have expected it from the pacing. There is a very long scene in the circus describing ...more
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
Jacob Kennedy
LionBoy is one of the best books I've ever read. This book is like the book I've wanted to read with anger, joy, sadness, and a loving book for the mystery readers. The types of genres I like to read is humor and fantasy.

This book tells a story of a kid named Charlie with a special gift, he can talk to cats. He contracted this gift by having leopard blood drip into his own blood on accident. At the beginning Charlie is going to a circus to find his parents, and get to Venice. Although he is look
Natalya Pishna
In Lionboy by Zizou Corder a boy named Charlie sets off to find his kidnapped parents. To get them back he uses a special ability to have lions help him. He also needs to get the lion home before time runs out. The Lionboy is a good book for struggles of a teenager. He has to make many hard decisions and be brave. The novel is easy to read with a reasonable amount of description. This book tells you not to give up no matter what. as the oldest lion would say, "Tomorrow perhaps the sky will fall ...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
I'm reading this book for the second and I still love it as much as I loved it the first time. I don't know why it didn't become as famous as the Harry Potter series but I can bet it will be made into a movie soon. And if it does I would be there to watch it first day first show. It is a warm and moving story about a young boy who goes in search of his parents who have been kidnapped. Such a beautiful description of the journey of this brave young lad who is helped by and helps a pride of lions ...more
Feb 21, 2015 Kat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 4-star
Can I just say how much I like the main character? He CAN SPEAK CAT!!! Why can't I do this? I thought this idea was so original and cool.
I also like that fact that Charlie has all this respect for lions and cats. Even as a kid he has a knowledge of proper manners. So often kids are totally rude and annoying in places like this.
Rafi, he was such a great character. I could feel Charlie's fear at his phone calls. It was so livid and real.
And the way the whole world as involved in this book. Too ma
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
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
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
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Lionboy Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Chase (Lionboy Trilogy, #2)
  • The Truth (Lionboy Trilogy, #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.” 16 likes
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