Lionboy: The Truth Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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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)
Simply absolutely brilliant (Disney's Big Time)
It grips from its second sentence (Telegraph)
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 that has sold more than 200,000 copies so far in the UK alone. They all live in London. Only one goes to school.
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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!
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 Castro) that might go over a young reader's head.
The book was slow to start, taking a good 130 pages to get going, and contained so many characters that it flipped perspective every few pages. The plot of the story was also very lacklustre. The title is very misleading as there is no real "truth" to be had. We don't really learn anything new about the Corporacy that wasn't already revealed in book one. The story hinged largely on coincidence and very unlikely events. I can only suspend my disbelief so far. A chameleon that can speak any language (including computer) is a little too far. The ending was also very weak. Summing up what happens to secondary characters in a bullet point list is particularly lame.
The story's one saving grace is Charlie, who has really developed over the course of the trilogy. He's no longer the little kid he was in book one - now he is confident and able to save the day by himself. Other than this, it really wasn't the series for me.
I loved this book as it explained things well. There also were not too many pictures so the things you wanted to see we're there, but not the pointless ones. I gave it 5 stars because it deserved it - I enjoyed it and I couldn't put it down. If you love cats, like adventures and suspense, even if you like mythical-type books, this is the perfect one for you. It includes many different scenarios and is set all over the place, including different cultures, modern and old ideas and possibilities of what could happen in the future. Thumbs up! ;)
Recommended for: Ages 8+ or for a quick read for teens
(Written by my daughter)
Starts quietly with the Lions back with their home pride and the Lion Boy reunited with his Parents. With his enimies near bye it's not long before the action starts and spreads out across the world. Who, why, and what do they really want with the Lion Boy and his parents?
I gave it five stars as I could not put it down. Read the series one after another switch my 18 year old daughter. Family fun for all.
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