Boy by Zizou Corder
Published by Puffin Books, 2003
Boy is written by a mother and daughter duo who write under
the pseudonym of Zizou Corder. It is the first in a trilogy by mother
Louisa Young (an adult novelist) and her 10-year-old daughter Isabel.
It tells of an incredible journey from London to Paris, and on to
Venice and then Africa. It has been hailed as a genuine rival to
Charlie’s parents are kidnapped, he realises it must have
something to do with the fact that they are brilliant scientists
and the brilliant work they do. They were on the brink of a historic
medical discovery when they went missing. In an effort to find them
he stows away on a circus ship and finds perfect allies in the circus
lions with whom he can communicate in Cat language. They strike
a deal; Charlie will help them to escape if they help him to find
is tracked by agents of his parents' kidnapper, and is never out
An immediately engaging story with an extraordinary hero, lots of
adventure, a vivid depiction of circus life and lots of humour combine
to make this a great story.
Look outs for parts 2 and 3 in the trilogy
book ends suddenly with the lions trapped in a bathroom on the Orient
Express. The frustration experienced by the reader will undoubtedly
be an incentive to read the subsequent parts 2 and 3 when published.
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