Mariel of Redwall (Redwall Series #4)

Mariel of Redwall (Redwall Series #4)

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by Brian Jacques, Gary Chalk
     
 

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When the mouse-ship carrying Joseph the Bellmaker and his daughter Mariel runs afoul of a pirate rat king, they are mercilessly tossed overboard. Washed ashore and certain that her father is dead, Mariel vows revenge.

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When the mouse-ship carrying Joseph the Bellmaker and his daughter Mariel runs afoul of a pirate rat king, they are mercilessly tossed overboard. Washed ashore and certain that her father is dead, Mariel vows revenge.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A female protagonist, Mariel the mousemaid, lends a contemporary touch to the fourth installment in Jacques's Redwall series, which narrates epic events among the animals in the manner of Watership Down. (Mar.)
Publishers Weekly
A female protagonist, Mariel the mousemaid, lends a contemporary touch to the fourth installment in the Redwall series. Ages 10-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-- Redwall Abbey is once again the center of a multistranded adventure. Independent of its predecessors, Redwall (1987), Mossflower (1988), and Mattimeo (1990, all Philomel), it follows the mousemaid Mariel in her quest for vengeance against the searat Gabool the Wild and his Rodent Corsairs, who imprisoned her father and left her to drown during a storm at sea. Tough and resiliant, she makes her way to Redwall, where she finds stalwart companions who will accompany her through the Mossflower woods back to Gabool's stronghold, where he is descending into madness. Meanwhile, the good creatures of Redwall are besieged by a renegade band of searats. Intrepid readers willing to tackle a book this long will be further impeded by the sections of dialect used to delineate class structure. Since the writing style is cliched, much of the action contrived to be cute, the characters one-dimensional, and the villains predictable vermin, readers may wonder ``why bother?'' Nor will they find illumination of human-animal kinship. Clever substitutions like ``anybeast,'' ``foremole,'' and ``every ratjack of ye'' serve only to remind that these animals are almost entirely human surrogates. Even the frequent references to woodland cuisine are tedious enough to become unappetizing. A book that's somewhat pretentious, and one that will appeal mainly to fans of Jacques's earlier medieval fantasies. --Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441006946
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Series:
Redwall Series , #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
230,160
Product dimensions:
6.72(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Brian Jacques was both a master storyteller and a jack-of-all-trades. He lived the life of a sailor, actor, stand-up comedian, radio host, bobby, even a bus driver. He was the recipient of an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of Liverpool and a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books for younger readers, including the wildly popular Redwall series. Dr. Jacques was a lifelong resident of Liverpool, England.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 15, 1939
Date of Death:
February 5, 2011
Place of Birth:
Liverpool, England
Place of Death:
Liverpool, England
Education:
St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England
Website:
http://www.redwall.org

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Mariel of Redwall: A Tale from Redwall 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
224perweek More than 1 year ago
This book is not quite up to par in comparison with the others in the "Redwall" series. They do a lot of traveling in this story..............a lot. It gets a little dull at times. All the action takes place towards the end of the book. However, it did end well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jacques does it again, immediately throwing us into a plethora of  Characters that will be strong players in the story of this amazing read! The journey begins off slow introducing Abbot Bernard and Simeon sharing in a conversation of a coming storm, but the calmness ends there it ramps up to introducing gabool the wild the cruelest searat in the world giving him a brief backstory. Though the ends of Gabool’s mention does not end there, In comes mariel the namesake of the novel being thrown around in an indescribably large ocean. Her tale does not end in her drowning though it continues obviously with her being the namesake of the novel.  I liked this book because it has a great storyline much like many other books from Jacques long line of epic tales. If you have read any of the other books in Jacques arsenal you will surely enjoy this tale.
ElvishReader123 More than 1 year ago
well written, beautiful cover illustrations,a must read !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)
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coolMI More than 1 year ago
This book is full of adventure, suspense and an occasional laugh. When you read this book you will find yourself in a parallel universe of amazing animal warriors touching characters and a few you want to scream at. The main character is a young mouse who was abused and almost drowned. She seeks revenge on her abuser and her father's capturer Gabool the Wild. While you are captured in Mr. Jacques world you witness friends being made, problems being solved, and love being restored. This book is reccomended for people who love books with warfare, animals, and extreme excitement!
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