It is high summer in the picturesque fishing village of Barlmouth
and the beach and streets are thronged with tourists. Suddenly they
are attacked by flocks of seagulls, acting in a structured and
coordinated way. Why? Terrorism! Rork is a young seagull who
discovers that local businessmen are secretly culling the birds in
his colony. He finds himself thrust unwillingly into leadership of
the gulls and organises a dramatic protest. Factions within the
gull colony resort to more vicious methods to avenge their kinfolk
and Rork struggles on two fronts to contain the inevitable
escalation. Anne Rigby is a feisty young reporter for the local
paper who realises that the birds have a message to convey and
searches for the reason. The local population takes sides in the
conflict that follows, which is followed avidly on national
television. This culminates in a pitched battle between gulls and
gunmen, centred on and around the elegant launching party of a
superyacht belonging to a local dignitary. The conclusion is as
sudden and surprising as it is unexpected. The Dirty Bombers is a
humorous work of young adult fiction that will also appeal to older
readers. It can be seen as an analogy for conflict between groups
such as the Palestinians and Israelis, with peacemakers and
hardliners on both sides, making the topic accessible to teen
readers. Author Ed has been inspired by Richard Adams and John
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