Outcast of Redwall (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Overview

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The destinies of the badger lord dubbed Sunflash and his mortal enemy, the ferret warlord Swartt Sixclaw, are entwined with those of many creatures, particularly the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey.

The destinies of the badger lord dubbed Sunflash and his mortal enemy, the ferret warlord Swartt Sixclaw, are entwined with those of many creatures, particularly the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey.

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Overview

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The destinies of the badger lord dubbed Sunflash and his mortal enemy, the ferret warlord Swartt Sixclaw, are entwined with those of many creatures, particularly the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey.

The destinies of the badger lord dubbed Sunflash and his mortal enemy, the ferret warlord Swartt Sixclaw, are entwined with those of many creatures, particularly the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417627653
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Redwall Series , #8
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.75 (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
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    My absolute favorite redwall book!!!!!!!

    This has to be my all time favorite redwall. It is entertaining that i have a hard time putting down even though i've read it about 10 times. But there seems to be more death than other books. Be very prepared to cries alot in the end if your really emotional like me!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Rake Nightfur

    This is Mossflower. Relaxe in its cool shade or wade in the clear streams.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    My sixth favourute Rewall book

    I'v always taken a serten liking to The Outcast of Redwall. Like
    all the other Redwall books, it was hard to put it down. It is about a badger called Sunflash the mace and his kestral friend
    (can't remember his name), an evil ferret walord called Swartt Sixclaw, who has six claws on his left paw, hence his name, and his son, Veil Sixclaw, who was raised at Redwall abbey (how did he get there as a baby? Read the book and find out!).
    I will not go into anymore detail, or I might give the hole plot away! Let me just say that its a great book, one of the best in the Redwall series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Huge Fan

    I have been hooked since I read the first in the Redwall series. I find Brian Jacques' books engaging and full of great detail. The characters are incredibly developed, and you really get to know them through his writing and story telling. Even though the books are in the Teen section, I find them just as enjoyable as any book in the adult section. I have been flying through this series almost as fast as I did the Harry Potter series. FUN! ENJOYABLE! REFRESHING! GREAT STORY TELLING!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2000

    THE BEST YET!!!!

    This book is awesome! I read it 3 times! Jodd the squirrelhare is the funniest charachter in the entire series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Redwall book order

    Redwall
    Mossflower
    Mattimeo
    Mariel of Redwall
    Salamandastron
    Martin the Warrior
    The Bellmaker
    The Outcast of Redwall
    The Pearls of Lutra
    The Long Patrol
    Marlfox
    The Legend of Luke
    Lord Brocktree
    Taggerung
    Triss

    Here are a few of the Redwall books in the correct order but i dont know how many there are
    I have read 3 of them and am reading "Mariel of Redwall" and its super good as are all of them
    Im thirteen and i love this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Cool

    No to bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Which one is first???????

    How many are there? And is this the first one???????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Funny

    Jod and Fleetrun in the end of chapter 46. So funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    AWESOME!

    Swartt is smart and cool but evil. Sunflash is 2,567 timed 20stars. Great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Writing contest

    At write best results 1-3.deadline is tomarrow at midnight.please enter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    ???

    Is this the first book in the series. If not which is?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Adventure

    If you are looking for a bok with adventure and battje outcast of redwall is the book for you. I couldn't stop reading this high suspense book. This is one of the best books i have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Great but kinda sad book!

    Really good book but a little sad. Veil, go ahead and die. But SKARLATH? OH MY GLOBEEZ WHAT WERE YOU THINGING JACQUES!?? But other then that, great book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Awsome!!!!

    A great book.I like the writing style. It keeps you engrossed for hours! Brian Jaques is an awsome writer. :) :) :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2008

    GREAT REDWALL BOOK!

    I thought it was very good, but i was dissapointed with the end. I really love ferrets and i really wished veil was a good guy. Also, the story more focused on Sunflash and Swartt Sixclaw and their ongoing fights. A good redwall book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2006

    The best

    This is the best redwall book yet!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    The Best Redwall Book

    This is my favorite redwall book of them all. It is filled qith excitment. Also the end is very good. Also i can relate with the main charectar Veil. HE is My Favorite. I Think every one should read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    Beautiful, a book no one should miss

    I cannot believe I put off reading this book for such a long time!!! (four years to be exact!!!) I read nearly all the other redwall books first and was only really satisfied with some of them. This one is one of those. It tells the story of two different outcast and how they intervene. For the first part of the book you meet sunflash the mace and his friend Skarlath who seek revenge on Swartt Sixclaw, a villianous ferret who is rising to power across the land from his treacherous ways. Then in book two, Swartt's son, Veil is a resident at redwall abbey. Having a niche for trouble, Bryony, his adpoted mother sticks up for him, because she thinks he can be good. But he is vermin and it is that undeniable truth that is proven when he tries to poison a fellow abbey-dweller. He is casted aside as an outcast and journeys to find his father. It is a story of how good and evil are not much different, as they are both misunderstood. The message is powerful and the delivery is dead aimed. It has the trademark Redwall standards-great food, exciting battles, and funny characters. It certainly is one of the best Redwall books around and should be your next read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2005

    One of the Better Ones (Not That Any of Them are Bad)

    I thought this was one of the better books of the series. It has one of the best heroes and one of the worst villains. The only thing I have to say is that, to me, the book seemed to be less about Veil and more about Swartt and Sunflash. I really enjoyed how much emotions were played up in this book. I also liked the idea of a creature who was brought up in the nurturing atmosphere of Redwall growing up and still being evil. It was something I didn't really think could be possible because the Abbey Dwelllers are so loving and kind. Once again the feasts made me drool (I can't wait for the cookbook to come out!). This is a very good book to read especially if you're just starting to read the Redwall novels.

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