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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (2 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141317566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141317564
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the end of Zizou Corder's best-selling Lionboy, Charlie Ashanti--a boy who could speak ‘cat’--was left aboard the Orient Express bound for Venice. In his company are a prehistoric beast and six lions he helped free from a Floating Circus in Paris and from the clutches of a nasty, mysterious Lion trainer called Maccomo. Next door to him on the train is a friendly Bulgarian King called Boris who has taken Charlie and the lions under his protection. Charlie's parents have been kidnapped by the agents of the sinister Corporacy, probably for inventing the cure to Asthma, so he must find them, and the lions would like to return to their ancestral home in Morocco. It is under these circumstances that Corder’s Lionboy trilogy embarks upon its latest chapter. What a beginning!

Charlie and the Lions get to Venice and become involved in a revolution there. Charlie has the brilliant idea of introducing Primo, the giant Smilodon, to the Doge, as a cover for an escape attempt. After all, he has the lions of St Mark's, or at least their statues. The Venetians think that Charlie is an Angel and that the mysterious creature is sent by God to save them. But there’s still Rafi Sadler to deal with, implicated in Charlie’s kidnap, and the furious Maccomo the lion-tamer. Add a shipwreck, a really good chameleon called Ninu, and a few more shocking surprises and you’ve got the recipe for a stunningly entertaining sequel and riotously good yarn.

Corder’s stories are action-packed and great fun to read. They’re pure adventure for young readers with not the slightest whiff of a ‘crossover’ accusation coming anywhere near them. The concluding volume, Lionboy: The Truth, should be a corker. (Age 9 and over) --John McLay --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This is not just a fun book; it is also a wise one. Roll on the finale -- The Independent

Thrilling moments and dangerous scrapes… We give this read a big paws up! -- Funday Times

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chantal Lyons VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
Lionboy is a unique, rich plot that carries on strong in The Chase, sequel to Lionboy. The authors have set it in a future world that is not unlike our own world today, adding a haunting backdrop to this otherwise positive story. Some previous reviews of Lionboy mentioned that it was easy to tell that one of the authors was a child, as some of the text was blander than other parts, but I tried to distinguish the bland parts of this book and couldn't find any. There's strong dialogue and description, and plenty of imagination, especially concerning the mysterious lion-like creature Primo.
The end of the book is reasonably cheerful, but the final sentence very clearly tells the reader that the story is certainly not over. I can't wait to read Lionboy: The Truth, the third book in the trilogy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AngusJ on 28 Nov. 2010
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Hi,

I'm 15 Years Old - and the closest thing you will ever find to an expert on all major fictional spy series ever published in English, From James Bond - to Cherub and Alex Rider - without talking to the authors themselves.

I bought the entire series at once, after emphatic reviews of "Lionboy" claimed it to be a brilliant read. I have to completely agree. The concept of a boy speaking "cat" is fascinating, and one that I have never remotely come across in the hundreds of children's and teenage fiction books I have read. Corder (the name adopted by the two authors) has a fantastic writing style, that is both intelligent and inthralling, allowing you to appreciate the book as both a brilliant read and a genuinely well written piece of literature. The language is not too demanding for a well read 11 or 12 year old, though I would advise 13 and upwards as a benchmark, as the language does get more difficult at times. That would be the only thing I could see putting some children off. Please do not think I am specifying children to read this though. I would encourage everyone, young and old alike, to try this book, and the entire series with it. It is completely original, and completely brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Baxter on 30 Jan. 2009
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Bought this after reading the first book in the series (not realising that it was part of a series until I got to the end of the book!) and have thrououghly enjoyed them all. Read all three to my two sons at bedtimes, but I had to read them myself first as I couldn't wait that long to find out what happened! Well written, easy to understand storyline, and quite exciting - would recommend!
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I can see looking at reviews of this novel online that I am in the minority for not liking this novel and so appreciate that there may be some appeal about it that simply eludes me.

The prose is overly simplistic and at times lacks coherence - sometimes causing sentences to run together and making action sequences seem hazy and unegaging. The pacing is poor, taking a good two thirds of the novel before it actually felt as though it was moving and, even then, there appears to be no rhyme and reason for the events that it portrays.

Although a lot of things do 'happen' within the novel, there is no sense of consequence. Scientists clone a smilodon which then escapes, but nobody makes any visible effort to reclaim this. A young boy gives an asthma inhaler to a sick girl and becomes worshiped by an entire city as an angel. Two kidnapped scientists escape from a gated community where they have been held prisoner for weeks with remarkable ease, yet no one appears to have noticed that they are gone. I know it's easy to brush off such criticisms by saying that this is a children's story, but that is really not an excuse for lazy story-telling.

The one redeeming feature of the novel was the character of Charlie, who remains a realistic and sympathetic hero, but for me this was not enough to save it. I'm also a bit baffled as to why this book is classed as being for both children and young adults. Although a younger audience might get a kick out of it, it certainly holds little appeal for a teen audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anita Bevan-clark on 10 Jun. 2006
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I think it is quite sad that someone very young is taken away from his family.I also think it's very exciting for someone his age to go to Italy and France and wouldn't it be amazing to be able to speak cat and be in a circus with lions and escape from the circus with them.
This review was completed by my child.
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I find audio books are good to use in the car while journeying. This book was well read and so maintained interest. The premis of a cat talking boy is a bit of a stretch on reality but accepting that it is a charming GOOD versus EVIL story. The young hero has to strive against may challenges before succes is achieved. A good story for children of all ages.
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By Helena Ridd on 14 Jan. 2014
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great read it's compelling and you get completely lost in it can't wait to read the 3rd one loved it
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Having read and enjoyed "The Lion Boy" and enjoyed it greatly I tucked into this book with relish. Tremendous story of a boys adventures with a group of lions he befriended in their attempt to get back to the home pride. Who do they trust and are those they think they can trust really on their side. Fast moving and attention grabbing action through out kept me on the edge of my seat unable to put the book down.
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