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Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,542 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
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 Books (first published 2003)
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Martyn Stanley
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well! I finished it! I'd really describe this as fantasy adventure. Though if I'm honest it doesn't really feature many of the ingredients I personally consider are required for the fantasy adventure recipe. I write fantasy adventure (The Last Dragon Slayer is currently Free on most Ebook Retailers!), to me the genre is about dragons, dwarves, elves, dungeons and battles, with a sprinkling of magic.

So what makes this fantasy adventure?

Well, it's clearly set in some sort of post-fossil-fuel fut
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Charlie's parents are kidnapped, and Charlie goes searching for them, traveling with a circus, and becoming the LionBoy for a lion act. But the lion tamer doesn't know that Charlie can talk to cats! Charlie and his lion friends decide to escape the circus and strike out on their own to find his parents.

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
Charlie Schnell
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
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.
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Feb 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mac Cusanelli
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book "LionBoy" by Zizou Corder was an amazing book. It is about a kid named Charlie who has parents that are scientist. Charlie also has a special trait where he can talk to cats. It all starts when some kid named Rafi who kidnaps his parents because they were working on some cure to asthma. So Charlie goes on a huge journey to try and find them. First, he joins a circus that is going to Paris because a cat told him that two strange men were talking about bringing them to Paris. At the circu ...more
2.5-3 stars. I think I would have really liked this as a kid. I found the writing a bit simplistic and as if the author(s) viewed the audience as a bit slow. I could really tell that it was aimed for young children by the language alone. Main character Charlie didn't have much depth, nor any of the other characters really.

Other than that, I had two issues with the book:
1) It's never explained how the cat-language sounds. What do other people hear when Charlie speaks to the cats? It really bugged
Ilse Andringa
Dit boek valt in het genre avontuur en spanning maar ook duidelijk fantasie. Het is een echt dierenverhaal. De hoofdpersoon is Charlie. Zijn ouders worden ontvoerd en algauw moet hij zelf vluchten. In zijn zoektocht naar zijn ouders wordt hij geholpen door katten, hij spreekt namelijk Kats. Hij beleeft de grootste avonturen. De schrijver weet de lezer al snel in het verhaal te trekken en de schrijfstijl spreekt tot de verbeelding. Dit is echt een boek voor de emotioneel-fantastische lezer (Coill ...more
Oct 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story telling, I appreciate the diversity, and I love the settings. The characters lack depth and the writing is average at best, but I still appreciate this book for what it is. Will jump into the second book now!
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
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
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
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ;)
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Orinthia Lee
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lupa kapan tepatnya pertama baca seri ini, udah agak lupa malah sama ceritanya. Tapi yang aku inget dulu aku suka banget sama serial ini. Jadi pengen baca ulang lagi.
Bonnie Wilson
I have to give this two stars for effort: the plot promises well, the characters are diverse, and it's a collaboration between a mother and young daughter. But it really doesn't work for me on multiple fronts.

The authors do fairly well in creating distinct cat-personalities for the domestic cats, but the lions think and speak just like people. The chance-met saviors are not believable, even within a fantasy-adventure. We are in a post-carbon world ruled by a corporatocracy and suddenly a king -
Karen GoatKeeper
Charlie comes home to find his parents are missing. They are scientists working on an important cure and a big company wants to control it.
Rafi tries to grab Charlie too but Charlie outsmarts him and takes off in search of his parents. He has lots of allies - the cats - as his parents did a favor for all cats years ago and Charlie happens to speak Cat.
The action keeps the tension up throughout the book. Every time Charlie seems to make progress, a glitch appears. When problems come up, solutions
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cats
I read this while sick and it brought me much joy. This mother and daughter team have devised a fantastic world, a zippy plot, and a charming protagonist to carry us along through it all. It's whimsical and deeply absorbing, just what you need when you aren't feeling your best and you need a bit of inspiration. This novel does not stand alone: we're left at the end at a safe resting point, but still mid-adventure, mid-quest, not even having really examined our true villains yet. I can't wait to ...more
Katie Merkel
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like intelligent characters, dystopian societies, and felines, you will want to read "Lionboy." This book offers an assortment of memorable characters ranging from highly intelligent and insanely talented to downright dumb. I really like the protagonist, Charlie, because he is believable and relatable as a character. Charlie is intelligent and resourceful, but he still makes judgement errors that are appropriate for a child his age.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting story about a boy who can speak cat
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't believe I waited so long to read this book. Great read for middle grade readers.
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
Anna Davidson
A fairly fast paced adventure involving a boy who speaks cat, a circus ship and group of lions. I wasn't a fan of the ending, and will be interested to hear what the kids think. Interestingly, this was written by a mother/daughter team.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I were reviewing only the first third of this book, I'd call it one of the best books I've read in years. The worldbuilding was amazing -- so good that I was in awe of the authors. (Zizou Corderis the pseudonym of mother/daughter British writing team.)

Set in a very near future version of our world, all sorts of alternate sciences (alchemy, voodoo, native magics) work, but the author handled it in a way to make them seem commonplace. One sentence went something like His mother was in the kitch
Maddie S
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While riding with the circus we can imagine hearing the roar of the lions that young Charlie Ashanti had befriended on his wilde adventure to find his parents. In this story the reader is taken on anadventre with a young African boy named Charlie who couldn’t be happier with his Mom and Dad. He is a smart, intelligent boy who finds at a very young age he could speak to cats of all kinds. With a child like that Charlie’s parents worry about people finding out and treating their son differently, b ...more
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult-2012
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,
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was one of my favourite books of my childhood. I read it when I was about 12 and I loved it so much because it was so appealing to me. It is about a boy called Charlie whose parents are kidnapped. Charlie is a strong character, smart and resourceful, but the most interesting thing about him is that he can speak Cat. Both now and when I was a child, cats have always been my favourite animal so I thought that Charlie was immediately very cool.

Another thing that I loved about the book is that
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
My daughter recieved the book in a box of stuff from a family member...I think. She was not interested and I thought that back cover blurb seemed interesting enough. I was not aware that it was part of a series of books until I added it to my "to read" list on goodreads.

At it's core there is a very interesting idea here. A boy who can speak with all forms of felines. Add to that a little mystery of his disappearing parents and the fact that world is sometime in the future after oil has run out
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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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“Charlie wanted to swear. ****, he thought, remembering how his father had told him that one reason you shouldn't swear is because then when you really need a strong word to express a strong feeling you would have none strong enough left.” 0 likes
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