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Children's LiteratureZizou Corder is the mother and adolescent daughter team who brought us the first two books of "Lion Boy." Book three and the conclusion of the trilogy set in some nebulous not-too-distant future finds our multiracial hero Charlie reunited with his parents at last—although not for long. With the evil Corporacy still hot on their trails, Charlie is kidnapped from Morocco's seaside town of Essaouira and tossed in the hold of a smelly ship with only Sergei the cat, and Ninu the faithful multi-linguist chameleon, for succor. Never fear, Mum and Dad—not to mention King Boris of Bulgaria and a few lions—are soon hot on his trail. Can Charlie and his loyal followers foil the Corporacy at last? This completion of the story spends an amazing amount of beginning time recapping the first two books. Then it spends an inordinate amount of ending time sorting out every character's future. What is left in the middle gives Charlie little time for action. But then, he is bound or chained for much of it. Fans of the earlier books will probably accept the inevitable. And Ninu the chameleon is rather charming. 2005, Dial/Penguin, Ages 8 to 12.