Charlie Ashanti is the son of two scientists who are kidnapped as the result of a dramatic discovery they have 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 thats heading to Paris, he befriends the circus lions, who become his further accomplices. He will help them escape the circus as this first book in a trilogy draws to a close.
“[Jones's] imaginative presentation weaves together the florid vocabulary and intricate plot details as he brings diverse characters, human and animal, vividly to life.”
Her ten-year-old daughter, ISABEL ADOMAKOH YOUNG contributed plot and character details, some of which mirror her own lifelike Charlie, the hero of Lionboy Isabel is the child of an English woman and an African man and, also like Charlie, she suffers asthma.
The pen name Zizou Corder comes from Isabel's pet lizard, Zizu. They all live together in London.