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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.
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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.)
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"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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613045803
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Redwall Series , #7
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 416
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 3.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian  Jacques
Brian Jacques
Following in the grand tradition of Watership Down, Brian Jacques’ bestselling Redwall books star animals in medieval England who must protect their home against evil. Equal parts enchanting fantasy and morality tale, these adventure-filled books have captivated readers worldwide.

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
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2000

    Redwall

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2008

    You won't be disappointed with this book!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

    My Favorite Redwall

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2005

    ****WHAT IS UP WITH RUFF?!****

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2005

    Bellmaker (Redwall #7)

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2005

    Bellmaker (Redwall #7)

    It was the best book in the series. My favorite character was Dandin. you have to get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    My Book Review

    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.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2004

    It was awesome!

    Good book but not a cool bad guy. But besides that this was an awesome experience! Read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    Its so awesome!

    This book is so awesome it was the first book I read in the redwall series. This is the book that got me into redwall books. It is one of the best books of the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2004

    gurt descriptions o' me deeper'n'ever'tater'... pie

    beautiful descriptions of the food. i want to eat it badly wot wot. wotsisnam jacques made another great book here. just can't get enough of that october ale, hotroot soup and all that food that the abbey dwellers ate

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2004

    The reign of Urgan Nagru will fall!

    A strange dream sent by Martin the Warrior, a great hero, to Joseph the Bellmaker galvanizes Redwall, a peaceful refuge, into action. Five brave souls ¿ Hon Rosie, Durry Quill, Foremole, Rufe Brush, and Joseph the Bellmaker - venture fearlessly into the unknown. The adventure they take will be thrilling and glamorous, as well as sad and mournful. Mariel, the daughter of Joseph, and Dandin, Mariel¿s friend, are also adventuring. Little do both groups know that they will soon encounter Urgan Nagru, or the Foxwolf, a vicious fox who has plans to take over all of Southsward, a peaceful country that has previously lived in harmony and never experienced war. The terror he spreads sends Southsward into panic. Creatures everywhere fear for their safety. Urgan Nagru completes his plans of country domination when he captures Gael Squirrelking, a king of squirrels, and his castle. The reign of Urgan Nagru has begun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2003

    charmingly good old chap wot wot

    when marial and Dandin of redwall get caputred by the evil foxwolf urgan nagru its up to joseph the bellmaker and four other to save them with the help of the log-a-log shrews and many other creartures. take an exciting jouneny from Mossflower to Roaringburn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    A Perfect Adventure

    A perfectly thought out adventure with numerouse scenarios. Once again Jacques has made another thrilling installment in the Redwall series. I highly enjoyed reading this story. It has the realistic scenario of an event that causes other events which makes up the view points of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2002

    Jolly good, wot wot!

    I havent read this one yet. I so want to badly. I've already read Mariel, and this looked good, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    Eric Swiftsword

    Yet again Mr.Jacques has turned out another fascinating book. The one problem i think is that how he incorporates his main characters to suddenly and this book is sorta like the ones before. But dont get me wrong this is a great book and you'll enjoy reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    An excelent book in the Redwall series

    I could barely stop reading it once I got into it if you liked Martin the Warrior you'll like this one. Also if you liked Mariel of Redwall she's back with her father in this wonderful adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2002

    The Best of the Best

    I've read all of the books in the series, and I always liked this one the best. Joseph is my all-time favorite character. He has the neatest personality and the most heroic life. This is the story of an evil fox by the name of Urgan Nagru who tries to conquer Southsward. Mariel, Dandin and some new friends come to the rescue! The Bellmaker is getting worried about his daughter and leaves to seek her out, following a trail to Southsward. Definetly a delightful read! So read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    Jacques has done it again

    I was very pleased when Sir Jacques wrote Mariel, Dandin, and Joseph into another story. And what a story it was! Splendid job, old chap!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2002

    Suspenseful

    This story is an exciting adventure. The author makes you feel as if you were their. The suspense and switching of characters makes you want to read more and more.

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