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The Truth (Lionboy Trilogy #3)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  4,496 Ratings  ·  274 Reviews
At the end of LIONBOY: THE CHASE Charlie Ashanti has restored the lions to their home in the wilds of Morocco and been reunited in the port town of Essaouira with his parents, Magdalen and Aneba. But just as Charlie is beginning to think that his adventures might be over, who should reappear but the nasty lion-tamer Maccomo and the raffish Rafi. Before he knows it, Charlie ...more
Published October 8th 2005 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Aug 16, 2011 Eden rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2016 Angy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Al final he terminado la trilogia, a este libro le he dado 1,5 estrellas. La verdad es que de la trilogia es el que me ha parecido mas flojo, tanto que creo que hasta sobraría el libro. Para ser un libro que supuestamente trataba sobre los leones y el niño, hemos tenido leones en las ultimas 5 paginas. La historia no me ha atraído nada porque ha girado en el secuestro nuevamente de Charlie. Muchos personajes innecesarios solo para decir que existían muchos humanos y muchos
Rachel Terry
Sep 28, 2010 Rachel Terry rated it liked it
Shelves: juvie
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
Nov 14, 2010 Sean rated it it was amazing
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Beth Bonini
Sep 12, 2012 Beth Bonini rated it really liked it
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
Sarina Madan
Feb 07, 2013 Sarina Madan rated it really liked it
I love this children's trilogy. 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.
Petta Rosetta
Apr 04, 2011 Petta Rosetta rated it really liked it
selalu suka buku cerita petualangan kayak gini. meski banyak yg misterius sekaligus ga masuk di akal, overall bukunya menghibur ^^ menantikan edisi selanjutnya
Book Lover
Nov 30, 2016 Book Lover rated it really liked it
Recommended to Book by: Mike
This book had a very satisfying ending. I love animals and this is a great book for someone who does too.
Nov 30, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing
I abosulutely LOVED both this book & the entire series!!! Full of action, adventure, and unexpected twists, this book, and series are hard to put down!
Ana Bierle czernek
Jan 15, 2017 Ana Bierle czernek rated it really liked it
This series finished even better than it started - and it started out good! I love that the end wrapped it up for EVERYONE.
Alyssa Hirsch
May 15, 2012 Alyssa Hirsch rated it it was amazing
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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
Jul 08, 2010 Lee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Knox Sara
Oct 31, 2015 Knox Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the last book of my favorite series, I could not have asked for a better book. Charlie continues to look for his parents, but the roles reverse. He will make new friends as always and gain one new rough edged family member. In the end, will he be able to defeat his enemies and take down the Corporacy?

It amazes me how Charlie has matured throughout his adventure. He is not as timid as he once was and can make decisions that most adults would never have to go through, one major choice he had t
Jonathan Lau
May 10, 2013 Jonathan Lau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story "The Truth" continues the book'Lionboy: The Chase'. It is about the main character Charlie Ashanti after he freed the lions and met his parents in Essaouira - Morocco, he tried to find his cat quietly outside the hotel where his parents still in there. Suddenly Charlie was kidnapped by Maccomo, the lion tamer from the Circe. A lizard who could speak English flees to tell Charlie's parents, Aneba and Magdalen.
At King Boris side, he had a lion and wanted to free it to the wild, he ne
Kim Dyer
Aug 29, 2014 Kim Dyer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
I can see that this novel has a lot of fans and so I'm willing to accept that I may just be misunderstanding something but I personally felt that this was the weakest instalment of the series.

Firstly, despite being advertised as a novel aimed at children and young adults, it's really not. While I don't doubt that some young teens may get a kick out of it, it's a children's book - plain and simple. I'd recommend it for kids aged 8-10, though there are a few references (such as a cameo from Fidel
Knox Sara
Oct 31, 2015 Knox Sara rated it it was amazing
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
May 17, 2010 Trisno rated it liked it
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
sebenarnya, dr keseluruhan cerita yg alurnya sangat enak dibaca, kelokan kisahnya yg cukup tak terduga, dialog yg cerdas dan ide petualangannya yg fresh dan tdk terduga, aku mengharapkan ending yg cetar membahana dr trilogi ini. sayangnya yg kudapatkan justru penyelesaian yg sangat disederhanakan.... yg 'memaksa' charlie menjadi sosok pahlawan tanpa tanding, bahkan tanpa perlu bantuan dari ayahnya, atau orang dewasa manapun. oke, aku tahu ini kisah anak2, jd tdk heran kl anak2 pula yg akan didau ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Suzejf rated it liked it
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
Andrea Ika

After months of searching, not to mention leading a pride of escaped circus lions through Europe and all the way back to Africa, Catspeaker Charlie Ashanti has finally been reunited with his parents—and a long-lost relative with a huge secret to reveal. But their family reunion doesn’t last long. Kidnapped and thrown in a boat, Charlie finds himself alone and bound for who knows where. Charlie’s parents and his faithful lion friends are in hot pursuit, but can Charlie outwit his captor and
Aug 14, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Iftekhar Chowdhury
Dec 31, 2014 Iftekhar Chowdhury rated it really liked it
'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
Lorenzo Pepe
Lion Boy by Zizou Corder is a slow starting book with a few unexpected pieces to the book which eventually pick up into a full-on road chase. I recommend this book to people who enjoy reading books with a slow start but a strong finish.
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
Sep 03, 2009 Janice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually found myself laughing out loud at the ending of this book, but it was more from it's bizarre plot resolution and strange characters than from comedy. Although this book is very creative and imaginative, it is also rather unbelievable and hard to relate to. If you're willing to go along with talking animals, a deteriorating earth, eccentric royalty, an entire community brainwashed by "sweet air" and even an animal that can speak ANY language you might like it.

I was put off by the atti
Katie Clark
Jan 26, 2012 Katie Clark rated it liked it
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,
Mar 14, 2012 Linnae rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Weston W.
Aug 31, 2012 Weston W. rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jun 22, 2014 Coolbeans rated it liked it
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
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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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“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.” 15 likes
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