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The Cockatrice Boys (1993)
by Joan Aiken
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0765342316, Mass Market Paperback)The idea for this book might have come from National Enquirer: hideous demonic monsters invade England, laying it waste and devouring most of the inhabitants. Embargoed by the rest of the world, the English barricade themselves underground. After five years on the defensive, an armored, heavily-armed train is built to attack and, if possible, find the source of the plague: the Cockatrice Belle and her crack Cockatrice Corps crew. The train sets out for Manchester, and by chance it picks up Sauna, a young girl who embodies both cause and cure.
Joan Aiken's characters are evocatively Dickensian and strange--Sauna, Dakin, Clipspeak, Bellswinger, Tom Flint. This send-up of every other alien-invasion story is a quirky, inventive fantasy.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 14 Jan 2013 04:19:51 -0500)
After monsters invade Britain with the aim of destroying civilization, an expedition is mounted to defeat them. Two children with extrasensory perception, a boy and a girl, join the expedition and it is thanks to them that the monsters are routed. With illustrations.
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