Lionboy by Zizou Corder


This was first published in 2004 and is not only still in print but deservedly popular. A great adventure story set in  a dystopian near future with steampunk flourishes: Charlie Ashanti, a mixed race black British boy who can talk to cats, finds his scientist parents kidnapped. Could this be to do with their research into an anti-asthma vaccine? With only the cats to help him, Charlie sets off on a mission to rescue them. Written by white British author Louisa Young with her then 12 year old mixed race daughter, Lionboy is that rare thing, a rollicking, fantastical, beautifully written adventure starring a non-white child hero. For all your Harry Potter and Narnia fans. 9+

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