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I Am the Lion by Andrew Toy

“Dorothy can’t get home, but I have a place to live, and I have a Dad………The Tinman has no heart but I want to cry whenever I am alone……….. I try to be brave like the Lion, but it’s hard on me. I am the Lion….” Excerpt from I Am the Lion by Andrew Toy.

Lydia and her father’s world turns upside down when her mother dies. With her mother’s death, the bond between the father and daughter also dies.  That’s when Lydia’s fourth grade teacher takes it upon himself to help the grieving family. It is an uphill task and Lydia’s only confidant is the stuffed lion that was given to her by her mother.

Andrew Toy takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride. Even though the book is not a literary marvel the plot is intriguing.It captivates the reader and touches the heart. You want to know what happens next with Lydia.

The book is not very descriptive or detailed, but written in a way where you can feel the emotional turmoil of a nine year old and her bipolar father.

A quick and easy read, which young adults and adults can relate to, because it’s story that could be unfolding somewhere in the world as one reads.

I Am the Lion

Andrew Toy & Kyle Richardson

118 pages
Rating- 4/5


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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This entry was posted on February 25, 2015 by in Book Reviews, Modern Fiction, Young-Adults and tagged , .
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