As this book kicked off with some mysterious action, it hooked me on like a paper clip chain and I didn’t even have to wait one single page to get into it. The mixture of circus life and adventure grabbed me, the combination was superb and I wonder where Zizou Corder got the inspiration to write this book from. As I don’t know if Charlie will ever get his parents back, so I am anxious to read the next book in the series. When Charlie’s parents are kidnapped, a journey from police boat to circuses on ships spring to life. But only one thing leads Charlie through the whole tangle. Charlie Ashanti can speak the language of cats… That original plot transfixed me and it has some startling character descriptions, though I think a story twist should have been formed. A bewitching tale of adventure, courage and a young boy’s instincts.