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Title:
Lionboy
Author:
Corder, Zizou.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : HighBridge Audio, [2003]

â„—2003
Physical Description:
7 audio discs (8 hr., 20 min.) digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
In the near future, a boy with the ability to speak the language of cats sets out from London to seek his kidnapped parents and finds himself on a Paris-bound circus ship learning to train lions.
General Note:
Compact discs.

Unabridged.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781565118317
UPC:
025024892974
Format :
Audiobook on CD

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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 cats of London point him in the right direction and even deliver messages from him to his parents and back. When Charlie finds himself aboard a floating circus that's heading to Paris, he befriends the circus lions, who become his further accomplices. He'll help them escape the circus as this first book in a trilogy draws to a close.


Author Notes

Author Zizou Corder is actually the mother-daughter writing team of Louisa Young and Isabel Adomakoh Young. They wrote the Lionboy trilogy and live in London.

Louisa Young is an author and freelance journalist. She studied history at Trinity College in Cambridge. She has written a trilogy of adult novels and two nonfiction works. She is also a regular contributor to The Guardian. Isabel Adomakoh Young is still in school.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

British actor Jones's sonorous delivery instantly enchants listeners in this fine adaptation of Corder's (actually the pen name for a mother-daughter duo) debut novel about an unusually gifted boy and his family's connection to cats. Charlie knows that his scientist parents are working on important experiments all the time. But he had no idea that their latest project could put them all in such great danger. When Charlie comes home from school one day to find his parents have been kidnapped, he begins a heart-pounding adventure during which he must save his family by using his special power-the ability to communicate with cats. He soon leaves the streets of London and gains passage (and a lion "taming" job) with a floating circus, all the while picking up clues about his parents from felines in various ports. A daring escape from the circus, with lions in tow, eventually leads Charlie to some new and influential friends who vow to help him in his search for his parents. Simon compels listeners through the excitement with smooth pacing and a rhythm that sustains the perfect level of suspense. In his command, the numerous bad guys sound appropriately shady, and circus performers take on vibrant color. And readers are treated to lion dialogue as well. The story is planned to continue in two more Corder novels-and hopefully two more Simon narrations. Ages 8-up. (Dec. 2003) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved