In the prequel, Lionboy (reviewed in KLIATT in January 2004), young Charlie set out to find his kidnapped parents and helped a pride of lions escape a circus ship (Charlie helpfully speaks Cat). With the aid of King Boris of Bulgaria. he traveled with the lions on the Orient Express from Paris to Venice. In this new adventure his safe haven with the big cats in a Venetian palazzo is beginning to seem like a trap, and his enemies are trying to track him down. Charlie plays a role in the amazing appearance of the fabled Lion of St. Mark and in overthrowing the doge, and escapes again with the lions, this time by boat. off to Morocco and a happy reunion with his parents. Unlike the first book, this doesn't have a cliff-hanging ending, but more adventures are promised in the final book by this mother-daughter writing team. Younger YAs who enjoyed Charlie's first adventure will want this suspenseful fantasy sequel.
J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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|Date:||Sep 1, 2004|
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