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The Tribes of Redwall is an exciting new series that takes a closer look at the tribes and at their place in Redwall legend. There will be profiles of the main characters along with a quiz and a magnificent fold-out poster. Badgers is the first in the series.

Wise and noble, yet with a vulnerability towards the terrible bloodwrath, badgers are an integral part of life at Redwall. As well as the tradition of the Badger Mother at the Abbey, there are close links between Redwall ...

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Overview

The Tribes of Redwall is an exciting new series that takes a closer look at the tribes and at their place in Redwall legend. There will be profiles of the main characters along with a quiz and a magnificent fold-out poster. Badgers is the first in the series.

Wise and noble, yet with a vulnerability towards the terrible bloodwrath, badgers are an integral part of life at Redwall. As well as the tradition of the Badger Mother at the Abbey, there are close links between Redwall and Salamandastron, the legendary mountain fortress of the Badger Lords.

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If you ever reveled in the courage of Bella of Brockhall or wondered about the ancestry of Rawnblade Widestripe, this first installment of the Tribes of Redwall series will enlighten you. From the introduction by the one and only Brian Jacques to the detailed descriptions of tribe members, the badger habitat and heroes, Redwall fans will be in their glory. Readers can also test their knowledge with "Badger Bafflers" and try to match the the badgers with their enemies. "The Badger Quiz" challenges true fans as they answer specifics about the characters and the series. This abundant little package includes all this and more. The stunning full-color pullout poster adds another resplendent dimension to the Brian Jacques universe.
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Brian Jacques's The Tribes of Redwall Badgers, illus. by Peter Standley, reveals the animals' secret societies. A pullout poster and badger quiz is also included in this tidy booklet. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780099417149
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Redwall Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 23
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian  Jacques
Brian Jacques was born in Liverpool in 1939. He left school at age fifteen and found work as a docker, a truck driver, a policeman and a stand-up comic, all before turning his attention to writing. He wrote his first novel, Redwall, for the children at a school for the blind in Liverpool. Since 1986, his descriptive style of writing has captivated readers from age 8 to 80. His books have won international awards and acclaim and have been made into a TV series.

Biography

The drawings that open the chapters in a Redwall book may look sweet, but Brian Jacques' fantasies are not for the faint of heart. Adventure, peril, betrayal, and downright slaughter abound in these hefty novels about the creatures -- mice, hares, moles, badgers, and sparrows -- who inhabit Redwall Abbey in medieval England.

Brian Jacques has had a life nearly as exciting as that of some of his characters: After dropping out of school in his native Liverpool at the age of 15, he traveled the world as a merchant seaman, visiting ports from America to Asia. Upon returning to England, he held a wide variety of jobs, from railway fireman to boxer among them. In the 1960s, he and his two brothers formed the Liverpool Fishermen, a folksinging group. Jacques also tried his hand as a playwright, producing several stage plays -- Brown Bitter, Wet Nellies, Scouse – about native Liverpudlians.

The Redwall stories, which were to earn him legions of fans, were born out of his time as a volunteer storyteller at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool. Jacques maintains that his detailed writing style was developed here; he was forced to be as descriptive as possible, so his audience would be able to experience his stories as if they could see. He created the first Redwall story as a gift to the children of the school, but never intended to publish it commercially. Fortunately for his many fans on both sides of the Atlantic, a friend sent his first manuscript to a publisher, and the rousing series took off in England in 1986 and in the U.S. the following year with Redwall.

Jacques takes issue with the notion that his books are "fantasy" fiction, a description that he says "smacks of swords and sorcery and dungeons and dragons. . . . I like to think of my books as old-fashioned adventures that happened ‘Once upon a time, long ago and far away.'"

The novels appeal generally to an audience of nine- to fifteen-year-olds, but have admirers both younger and older. The tales pivot on the conflict between good and evil; good invariably triumphs. Indeed, morality issues are always clear in Jacques' books: cruelty, greed, and avarice are eradicated in all forms; bravery, loyalty, and resourcefulness reap rewards aplenty. When it comes to characters, though, Jacques is less simplistic: Martin the Warrior, who through his courage and cunning rose to become the noblest hero in the land, is given to impetuousness, and the miscreant Cluny has both good and bad sides, a la Long John Silver.

For female readers, the Redwall books can be extra satisfying. His female creatures are as adventurous as the males: they don't faint into their male counterparts' arms, but explore, swashbuckle, and rescue on their own. In Mariel of Redwall (1991), the courageous girl mousechild Mariel, thrown overboard by the Gabool, leader of the evil pirate Searats, exacts her own brand of revenge.

Jacques' usually swift pace sometimes comes to a slogging halt with extraordinarily detailed descriptions of the legendary Redwall feasts, right down to the last acorn and drop of buttercup and honey cordial. But the author is redeemed by his delicate interweaving of subplots, his memorable menagerie, his rollicking sense of adventure, and his ability to transport the reader into an entirely different world, a world that, as one critic for The New York Times put it, "is both an incredible and ingratiating place, one to which readers will doubtless cheerfully return."

Good To Know

Brian Jacques wrote his books in longhand or on a manual typewriter, or, if the weather permits, outdoors.

Despite his success as an author, Jacques continued to broadcast the weekly radio show, Jakestown, that he hosted before he wrote the Redwall books.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      June 15, 1939
    2. Place of Birth:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Date of Death:
      February 5, 2011
    2. Place of Death:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Education:
      St. John’s School, Liverpool, England
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