The Bellmaker (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Bellmaker (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Brian Jacques
     
 

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Worried about his daughter Mariel, Joseph the Bellmaker is led by a dream from Redwall Abbey to Southsward, where he is caught up in the battle between Squirrelking Gael and the vicious Foxwolf Nagru.

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Worried about his daughter Mariel, Joseph the Bellmaker is led by a dream from Redwall Abbey to Southsward, where he is caught up in the battle between Squirrelking Gael and the vicious Foxwolf Nagru.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
For the seventh volume of the Redwall series, Jacques sticks to the tried-and-true formula-action aplenty and a huge cast of woodland creatures-that has won him such a dedicated following. When the merciless Foxwolf Urgan Nagru and his mate, the scheming vixen Silvamord, oust good Gael Squirrelking from the throne of Southsward, Mariel the Warriormaid and her companion Dandin-two adventuresome wandering mice from Redwall Abbey-join forces with those forest denizens still loyal to their king. Meanwhile, back at the Abbey, a prophetic dream inspires Mariel's father to round up a party to search for his daughter. Comic relief-as well as a touch of tragedy-is provided by a pair of uncouth and piratical rats as a seemingly endless stream of cliff-hangers and dazzling combat winds its way through lovingly described forest feasts. The author must be commended for creating a world of equal-opportunity adventuring, in which female creatures can be just as courageous (or as diabolical) as their male counterparts, but the characterizations are broadly drawn. Despite their well-delineated quirks, foibles and quaint speech patterns ("Zurr, thurr'm a gurt 'ole in ee shipper 'ere"), "nobeast" really grows or changes much in this neck of the woods.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For the seventh volume of the Redwall series, Jacques sticks to the tried-and-true formula-action aplenty and a huge cast of woodland creatures-that has won him such a dedicated following. When the merciless Foxwolf Urgan Nagru and his mate, the scheming vixen Silvamord, oust good Gael Squirrelking from the throne of Southsward, Mariel the Warriormaid and her companion Dandin-two adventuresome wandering mice from Redwall Abbey-join forces with those forest denizens still loyal to their king. Meanwhile, back at the Abbey, a prophetic dream inspires Mariel's father to round up a party to search for his daughter. Comic relief-as well as a touch of tragedy-is provided by a pair of uncouth and piratical rats as a seemingly endless stream of cliff-hangers and dazzling combat winds its way through lovingly described forest feasts. The author must be commended for creating a world of equal-opportunity adventuring, in which female creatures can be just as courageous (or as diabolical) as their male counterparts, but the characterizations are broadly drawn. Despite their well-delineated quirks, foibles and quaint speech patterns (``Zurr, thurr'm a gurt 'ole in ee shipper 'ere''), ``nobeast'' really grows or changes much in this neck of the woods. Ages 9-up. Author tour. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
"For the seventh volume of the Redwall series, Jacques sticks to the tried-and-true formula action aplenty and a huge cast of woodland creatures that has won him such a dedicated following," wrote PW. Ages 10-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-Fans of Jacques's books will be delighted to see this one hit the shelves. The story has four distinct settings: Castle Floret, where a fox dressed in a wolf skin rules as the Urgan Naguru, chief of the Horderats; Mossflower Abbey, where two infants befriend Blaggut, a surprisingly gentle Searat; Southsward, where a band of river otters and moles fight to protect the Squirellqueen Serena and her son Truffen; and the bounding main, where the title character, Joseph the Bellmaker, and his band of Redwall adventurers join forces with sea otter Finnbarr Galedeep, skipper of the Pearl Queen, to search for Joseph's daughter Mariel. With the exception of the Redwall Abbey folks, all points converge at Castle Floret for a grand battle, with fights to the finish for the bad guys, and a grand celebration feast for the victors. This is storytelling at its best. Adventures abound, and with them comes heartache. Not every beast survives to the end of this story, and Jacques is wise enough not to perform too many miracles. Characters are easily identified by their speech and the rabbits, with their ``toodle pip, wot?'' are a positive delight. It is not necessary to have read any other Redwall books to make sense of this one, though new readers will undoubtedly demand the other titles after finishing it.-Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
Sally Estes
This seventh adventure in Jacques' popular Redwall saga harks back to "Mariel of Redwall" (1992) and features the feisty mousemaid Mariel as well as her father, Joseph the Bellmaker. Having had no news of Mariel for several seasons, Joseph is worried and rightly so he discovers when Martin the Warrior gives warning in a dream. Joseph soon finds himself sailing south with a small band of friends to confront the diabolic Foxwolf Nagru, who not only has conquered the kingdom of Southward, but also has imprisoned Mariel and her companions. As usual in the series, the story juxtaposes the experiences of several separate groups of animals, both good and bad, most of whom come together for the final conflict. The expected deeds of derring-do and the violent battle action also are present as are the warmth, the endearing dialectal dialogue, and the established line between good and evil as represented by the characters. Jacques spins another irresistible tale for Redwall fans, who will enjoy meeting old friends and following their exciting new exploits.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613045803
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Series:
Redwall Series, #7
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
3.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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The Bellmaker (Redwall Series #7) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome, it is not the best book in the redwall series but it is one of them. I wouuld say Redwall is the best, but if yuo love Redwall books then get this one.
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When I choose this book I saw that there were mice and otters on the cover. The mice and otters were carrying swords so I thought the book would have a lot of excitement in it. I figured there would be plenty of sword fights and exciting travels. After I reviewed all this I knew that this book would be full of action. I love action packed stories. In the book, a dead mouse gives riddles to mice in their dreams. He is a special mouse who built Redwall abbey. He gave Joseph The Bellmaker a riddle so that the Redwallers could help fellow mice Mariel and Dandin. The other mice try to help figure out the riddle also. When they finally figure it out, five mice need to go and help the others in trouble, but one will not come back. When I read this I thought that Joseph wasn't going to come back but I was wrong. Instead one of their friends that they meet on their journey died in action. Now this is all I'll tell you, you'll have to find the rest out on your own. If you read this story, you may agree with me that it is the best action story you have ever read. Make sure when you read it, you have plenty of uninterrupted time because you won't want to put the book down. It is a real page turner. This book is great animal fiction. I recommend it for ages 11 to 14 years of age. Don't be surprised on how the book turns out, just read the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Bellmaker is one of my favorites, along with its prequel Mariel of Redwall. My favorite part of the book is the vivid characters. It is unusual to have so many characters in two Redwall books, as Brian Jaques typically spaces them farther apart in time. But it is a treat to get to know new characters like Finnbarr Galedeep and King Gael and his friends, while catching up with old familiars like Tarquin and Hon Rosie and their 12 leverets, and the now Abbott Saxtus, and of course Dandin and Mariel. This book ventures outside of Mossflower woods to Southsward, a place just as magical. Readers will be rewarded with a sweet, emotional, and exciting story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book proved to be my favorite of Brian Jacques' enchanting series. I haven't read all of them, but of the ones I have, this is on top. I loved how Joseph wasn't the cliche 'brave hero' standing up to evil. He was a simple bellmaker, and I think that added a nice twist. I especially loved the portion of this book spent at sea, as the author is so knowledgable when it comes to that sort of thing. Anyone who reads Redwall books needs to pick this one up right away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when i read it. Still do, but i had a problem with it. In Marriel of Redwall Ruff Brush was all battlish and acted like a warrior. But for some reason, BJ decided to turn him into a weenie for this book. It just doesn't make sense. I was very disappointed because Ruff had been my favorite character in Mariel. His character was practically ruined. Worth readin' though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the best of the series and I think that Finnbar Galedeep was the best character too. It was so cool when Finn moved the ship around the green maelstrom was awesome and when Nagru got killed it was even better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the best book in the series. My favorite character was Dandin. you have to get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You should definitely read the book called ¿The Bellmaker.¿ It was a very exiting book. There were a lot of battle scenes where defeating your enemies and surviving were the only things on your mind. The characters were also fun to watch throughout the story. An exciting battle was when Joseph and his friends had to do battle with the evil Foxwolf and his horde of vermin. The author Brian Jacques described every detail of the story. He paints a picture of the characters and the settings of the story. It was a very smart book. The characters were very witty. They thought up plans to defeat their enemies. Joseph and all the characters were very smart. Therefore you should read the book called ¿The Bellmaker.¿