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Lionboy: The Truth [Hardcover]

Zizou Corder
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8 Oct 2005
Charlie Ashanti - lionrescuer, shipwreck survivor, circus veteran, son of asthma cure-inventing scientists, and Catspeaker - is safe. Or is he? Reunited with his parents in Morocco, Charlie thinks that his old enemy, Maccomo the liontamer, is being held captive by the lions. And nobody has seen his other enemy, Rafi Sadler, for ages. But all is not as it seems. Charlie finds himself kidnapped by Maccomo and thrown onto a boat with an unknown destination. But help is on its way in the form of his parents, Mabel, the lions, Claudio, King Boris, and Sergei the cat. After an amazing and dangerous voyage through Morocco, Ghana and beyond, Charlie and his friends at last come up with a plan to bring the evil Corporacy - and Maccomo - down. Charlie has come full circle and, at last, the truth is out.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; First Edition edition (8 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141380543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141380544
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the best books of the year (Mail on Sunday )

A new star has appeared on the children's literary firmament (Independent )

Stunning (Observer )

Simply absolutely brilliant (Disney's Big Time )

It grips from its second sentence (Telegraph ) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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. This is their third novel - the last in a trilogy. They all live in London. Only one goes to school.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lionboy - it's grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat! (sorry) 27 Jan 2007
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Well written, pacy, and gripping. As an English teacher I'm always on the look out for books to recommend to my students and I have sung the praises of this one! The main character, Charlie, can speak Cat (domestic and wild), and the story traces his attempt to find his parents who have been kidnapped by the sinister Corpocracy. On the way he joins a circus (fantastic descriptions!) and clashes with Rafi, a vicious henchman of the Corp.

Charlie is an eminently charming and likeable hero and Corder's description of a post-energy crisis London (be warned people, this is a very likely future... no cars, no streetlights, the city deserted) is just enough like, but not like, our world to give the story another element of interest.

I loved it and have bought the trilogy for my own pleasure... will lend it to my students only if they are VERY VERY trustworthy so I can be sure I'll get it back!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lionboy The Truth 8 May 2009
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I don't read books and was bored one holiday so my 11 year old told me to read the Lion Boy. I thoroughly enjoyed it and couldnt put it down. I was gutted when she told me at the end there was two more to read!. I got hooked and really enjoyed all three books. Think it would make a good family film. Worth reading if you are not a reader like me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff 9 Feb 2012
By dougp
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Kept my 10 yr old turning the pages til the end. I'd recommend getting all 3 of the trilogy together - getting them one at a time just led to frustrations!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series 12 Jan 2012
By Louise
My 7 ("Seven and three quarters actually, mummy") year old boy has LOVED these books. They are a good stretch for him - and the story lines have had him captivated since the beginning. Excellent - thank you. Would definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 29 April 2014
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One of the best books I have ever read. (and I have read a lot)
Charlie is a daring boy whoes parents are kidnapped by the money-wanting Corpracy. But Charle can speak cat and it's suprising how useful it is to be a catspeaker sometimes...
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 12 Dec 2013
By Tania
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brilliant book, completely recommended for any age, though most ideal for 8-14 years, roughly.
Great read for adults too though!
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