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Publisher Comments:

What does a cockatrice enjoy most for dinner?

Anyone it can find.

A plague of monsters — known as cockatrices — have invaded England. They must be stopped! A plucky band of survivors dubbed the Cockatrice Corps — including youngsters Dakin and Sauna — decide to fight back. But how?

A rollicking adventure filled with breathtaking twists and turns, The Cockatrice Boys is Joan Aiken at her comic best.

Review:

"The Cockatrice Boys is amazingly unique in both conceptualization and execution. It defies categorization and its images are sure to linger in readers' minds." School Library Journal

Review:

"[A]lternately chilling and charming....Aiken's style is as matter-of-fact as that of any good storyteller, sly and plausible....Although The Cockatrice Boys is billed as an adult fantasy, junior and senior high readers will gobble it up quicker than a Manticore." Jamie S. Hansen, VOYA

Review:

"[A]n entirely successful dark fantasy....Overall, the book echoes the European experience of World War II, which was very different from the American experience, but it will not disappoint readers of any land or clime on that account. Not at all." Booklist

Review:

"Whimsical and sprightly, but not even half worked-out — and the ending just fizzles. A mystery why this one was singled out for adult consumption, but Aiken's going to have to work much harder if she hopes to grab the attention of a mature audience." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Joan Aiken uses an excellent blend of fantasy and reality to create this rousing story. This book is a fun read for any person interested in a different type of monster book." Children's Literature

Review:

"While the writing is punchy, the story lacks the depth and polish of Aiken's previous work. She adopts a hybrid tone that mixes whimsy with menace, resulting in a murky morality tale that is awkwardly poised between adult and childlike sensibilities." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Without warning the world is invaded by a myriad of horrible monsters. A little orphaned girl named Sauna sees them first, as oddly shaped packages that disappear from the baggage claim at Manchester Airport. Originating in England, the invasion causes the precipitous downfall of civilization in the British Isles as most of the population is eaten by the monsters. The countryside has become a dangerous wasteland, and the cities isolated fortresses. In a desperate attempt to bring food to the starving people of Manchester, a heroic band known as the Cockatrice Corps sets out aboard an armed and armored train.

Synopsis:

What does a cockatrice enjoy most for dinner? Anyone it can find.

So the alarmed inhabitants of England discover when a plague of monsters-known as cockatrices-invade their country and begin gobbling them up. They must be stopped! A plucky band of survivors dubbed the Cockatrice Corps- including youngsters Dakin and Sauna-decide to fight back. But how?

A rollicking adventure filled with breathtaking twists and turns, The Cockatrice Boys is Joan Aiken at her comic best.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765342317
Illustrated by:
Gris Grimly
Publisher:
Starscape
Illustrator:
Van Hollander, Jason
Author:
Van Hollander, Jason
Author:
Jason Van Hollander
Author:
Aiken, Joan
Author:
Grimly, Gris
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Epidemics
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Edition Number:
1st Starscape ed.
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20020315
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW Illustrations Throughout
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.67x5.20x.65 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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The Cockatrice Boys
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Product details 224 pages Starscape Books - English 9780765342317 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The Cockatrice Boys is amazingly unique in both conceptualization and execution. It defies categorization and its images are sure to linger in readers' minds."
"Review" by , "[A]lternately chilling and charming....Aiken's style is as matter-of-fact as that of any good storyteller, sly and plausible....Although The Cockatrice Boys is billed as an adult fantasy, junior and senior high readers will gobble it up quicker than a Manticore."
"Review" by , "[A]n entirely successful dark fantasy....Overall, the book echoes the European experience of World War II, which was very different from the American experience, but it will not disappoint readers of any land or clime on that account. Not at all."
"Review" by , "Whimsical and sprightly, but not even half worked-out — and the ending just fizzles. A mystery why this one was singled out for adult consumption, but Aiken's going to have to work much harder if she hopes to grab the attention of a mature audience."
"Review" by , "Joan Aiken uses an excellent blend of fantasy and reality to create this rousing story. This book is a fun read for any person interested in a different type of monster book."
"Review" by , "While the writing is punchy, the story lacks the depth and polish of Aiken's previous work. She adopts a hybrid tone that mixes whimsy with menace, resulting in a murky morality tale that is awkwardly poised between adult and childlike sensibilities."
"Synopsis" by , Without warning the world is invaded by a myriad of horrible monsters. A little orphaned girl named Sauna sees them first, as oddly shaped packages that disappear from the baggage claim at Manchester Airport. Originating in England, the invasion causes the precipitous downfall of civilization in the British Isles as most of the population is eaten by the monsters. The countryside has become a dangerous wasteland, and the cities isolated fortresses. In a desperate attempt to bring food to the starving people of Manchester, a heroic band known as the Cockatrice Corps sets out aboard an armed and armored train.
"Synopsis" by ,
What does a cockatrice enjoy most for dinner? Anyone it can find.

So the alarmed inhabitants of England discover when a plague of monsters-known as cockatrices-invade their country and begin gobbling them up. They must be stopped! A plucky band of survivors dubbed the Cockatrice Corps- including youngsters Dakin and Sauna-decide to fight back. But how?

A rollicking adventure filled with breathtaking twists and turns, The Cockatrice Boys is Joan Aiken at her comic best.

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