LION BOY by Zizou Corder

LION BOY

Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Panicked, Charlie sets off to find his kidnapped scientist parents in this adventurous romp set in a future England when pollution has banned cars, closed schools, and created an asthma epidemic. A network of cats enables Charlie, who speaks Cat, to stow away on a river police launch, hook up with a floating circus on a ship bound for Paris, help six lions escape captivity, via the city’s canals, and board a train for Venice, where he thinks his black father and white mother are being held. The tension builds like Christie’s Orient Express, as a snow avalanche stalls the train and King Boris of Bulgaria stymies the villains chasing the lions and Charlie. Abrupt as a TV thriller that flashes “To Be Continued,” this first in a trilogy screeches to a halt at a cliff-hanging moment, with those very words. This inventive cat-and-mouse game combines hi-jinks with messages of mixed marriages, greedy pharmaceutical conglomerates, and environmentally caused allergies. The lion-face cover and clever cat device set the pace and impel the plot. Intriguing. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8037-2982-0
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2003




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