Sunday, October 08, 2006

Lion Boy: The Truth by Zizou Corder

With the publication of Lion Boy: The Truth, Zizou Corder's trilogy about Charlie Ashanti, the boy who can speak with cats, is complete. I will not give away the story or its ending, but I will say that it continues the international chase. The Corporacy sends out its agents to capture Charlie to force his parents to help them with their evil schemes to breed cats that spread asthma among the world's children.

I found personal reading convergence in this book. I have recently read nonfiction books about Africa, Haiti, and New Orleans. All these places are settings in the story.

I listened to Lion Boy and The Chase on compact discs. I read the hardcover third book and discovered that bits of sheet music are included. I also learned that Zizou Corder is a pseudonym for a mother and daughter, Louisa Young and Isabel Adomakoh Young. Zizu is their pet lizard. The audiobook cases did not tell me this.

Look for this book to be banned by school boards in Florida, who will not like the role that the Cuban leader plays in the story. Young readers everywhere else will enjoy this book.

Corder, Zizou. Lion Boy: The Truth. New York: Dial Books, 2005. ISBN 0803729855

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