What would it be like to have a conversation with your cat? How about a lion, tiger or panther? Charlie can talk to cats, any kind, a rare ability which came about after an encounter with leopard blood when he was little.
Charlie has been left with a mysterious note from his Mum when his parents are kidnapped. The cats, who seem to know what is going on, tell him that they have been taken to Europe. The dastardly Ravi, an older boy whom he ends up staying with, works for the kidnappers. Charlie runs away and gets a job on a floating circus, working with the big cats. They are able to help Charlie but need help themselves. They head to France where the adventure ensues. Will Charlie find his parents in time? Will Ravi catch up with him? How can he help eight lions escape in busy Paris?
I enjoyed this story, I would love to be able to understand what my cats are saying so this added to my enjoyment. There are many worthwhile messages entwined in this series which continues with The Chase and finishes in The Truth. I recommend this book to ages 11 up, younger readers do like it.