The Cockatrice Boys

by Joan Aiken, Jason Van Hollander

Published: March 2002
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9780765342317

Synopsis of The Cockatrice Boys

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.

Children's Literature

Young Dakin and Sauna are cousins. They, along with others have survived the invasion of cockatrice. What are cockatrice? They are a group of monsters such as Hammerheads and Basiliks who will destroy any human they find. Now how to destroy these monsters depends on their type. This is what the brave band of men called the Cockatrice Corps are determined to do, along with help from their special trainer the Cockatrice Belle. What Dakin and Sauna soon learn is that they are an integral part of the mystery surrounding the arrival of these monsters. 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. From the German hounds trained to kill a specific monster to Sauna's odd Aunt Floss, readers will be kept in suspense waiting to see if the Cockatrice Corps will be successful in their mission. 2002 (orig.1993), Starscape Books, Orsborn

About the Author, Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken is the renowned author of over ninety books for adults and children, including plays, novels, and collections of poems and short stories.  She has received much recognition and numerous awards for her work.  The Wolves Chronicles, one of her best-known works, features The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, which has sold nearly 4,000,000 copies worldwide.  Aiken divides her time between Pentworth, England, and America.

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