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Lionboy (Lionboy, Book 1) de Zizou Corder
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Lionboy (Lionboy, Book 1) (edició 2004)

de Zizou Corder (Autor)

Sèrie: Lionboy (1)

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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.
Títol:Lionboy (Lionboy, Book 1)
Autors:Zizou Corder (Autor)
Informació:Puffin Books (2004), Edition: Reprint, 275 pages
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This book is set in some unexplained future (oil reserves are run out, everything's electric or wind-powered but then there's an animal wandering around that sounds like a sabertooth tiger, from the description). The protagonist, Charlie is ten- though he often sounds much younger. His parents are scientists and get kidnapped, Charlie sets off to find them but is very much frightened by a local thug who appears to be chasing him. However he has a secret ability- Charlie can talk to any member of the feline family (the backstory on how this happened is both charming and rather simplistic). So with cats as allies to spy for him and bring him messages, he sets off on a hopeless-looking quest to rescue his parents. Not very far into the book he winds up on a traveling circus, that's on a ship. As in, the ship is permanently decked out to house the animals and people, and give performances in a big top rigged in the center. Very elaborate and imaginative. Charlie is both awed and thrilled by the circus, and dismayed at how the lions in the act are treated- drugged to keep them calm and compliant. He makes a mad plan to help the lions escape the circus, and they in turn promise to help him find his parents again. All along, there's hints at bigger secrets looming than just his cat-communication ability which I'm sure will be explained in further books, as this is the start of a series that purports to be full of adventures.

This was fun, and the cats are just great (better characters than the lions, in my opinion). I certainly enjoyed reading it, although there are some awkward points. Lions don't purr, for example (unless in this future they've evolved to do so?) ... I did like that the author made some obvious points against stereotypes- Charlie himself is from a mixed-race family, and he often comes up against people make erroneous assumptions about his background, or about people of other nationalities as they travel, which he quickly points out are wrong. There's also the thoughtful contrast between Charlie's love of the circus flair and skill of the performers, and his unhappiness at how the lions are kept captive. But then there's this other storyline thread of big business and pharma going at odds against those who are actually trying to cure disease (asthma). It's an odd mesh of themes... I don't know if I quite liked it well enough to seek out the sequels on my own, but if my nine-year-old wants 'em, I'll be happy to read the rest.

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  jeane | May 28, 2020 |
Well-done world-building and character development. No cliches or tropes. The description of the circus is reason enough, imo, to read the book.

I love how Charlie is a kid - brave, clever, but still a kid. I love how we spend time with the parents - they aren't just vaguely waiting to be rescued. I love how even minor characters are well-developed.

I found the book both intelligent and exciting. My only quibbles are the big heaping pile of luck at the end, and the fact that I don't quite care enough to follow the rest of the adventure. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I picked this up as a potential title for my Chatterbooks group, but as it turns out I can't get enough copies for everyone so it is a non starter. Probably just as well, since I think they would be frustrated by the fact that the story doesn't actually end. Turns out it is the first of a trilogy, but nothing about the edition I read made this clear. So that was a bit of a downer for a start. I suppose I should have expected it from the pacing. There is a very long scene in the circus describing the acts at length, which slows the action right down. It may be intended to build tension, but it doesn't quite work. At least not for me.
It wasn't a bad story, the basic premise was really interesting and I'm slightly curious to read the next one to find out what happens, but it didn't grip me as much as I expected it to from the blurb.
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  Helen_Earl | Aug 6, 2015 |
Charlies föräldrar har blivit kidnappade och Charlie ger sig ut för att leta efter dom. Han hamnar på Cirkusbåten Kirke och lovar där lejonen att rädda dom. Primo ett genexprimenterad sabeltandad tiger följer med. Dom åker från London till Assuaeira i Västöstra Afrika! ( )
  bokomanen | Dec 12, 2013 |
Would you want to be able to talk to cats? Charlie can.

I liked the book Lionboy because it was both a mystery and an adventure. The main character, Charlie, had to track down his missing parents. His parents were taken from their home town by a man named Rafi and put on a submarine. The submarine was heading to Paris. Since Charlie wanted to find his parents, he got on a circus boat that was going to Paris to play a big show.

One part of the book that I especially liked was that Charlie had a special power that very few other people had. He could talk to cats. This special power helped Charlie because he was able to communicate with the cats to find out where his parents were being taken.

Another part that I liked was when Charlie and his parents were communicating through cats that were carrying coded messages. The cool thing was that the kidnappers could not understand what they were writing. This was cool because both the parents and Charlie understood what the code was without ever discussing it.

I also like how the book did not just take place on land or in the sea. The book took place on land, on a circus boat, and on a submarine. While they were on land, the book took place in Paris, Venice, and other parts of France.

This book made me feel like I was living each and every day I Charlie's shoes. It made me realize that me life is a lot easier than his is.
  br14abbe | Dec 6, 2013 |
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