Pearls of Lutra (Redwall Series #9)

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The Tears of All Oceans are missing. Six magnificent rose-colored pearls, which inspire passion and greed in all who see them, have been stolen and passed from hand to hand, leaving a cryptic trail of death and deception in their wake. And now Ublaz Mad Eyes, the evil emperor of a tropical isle, is determined to let no one stand in the way of his desperate attempt to claim the pearls as his own. At Redwall Abbey, a young hedgehog maid, Tansy, is equally determined to find the pearls first, with the help of her ...

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Overview

The Tears of All Oceans are missing. Six magnificent rose-colored pearls, which inspire passion and greed in all who see them, have been stolen and passed from hand to hand, leaving a cryptic trail of death and deception in their wake. And now Ublaz Mad Eyes, the evil emperor of a tropical isle, is determined to let no one stand in the way of his desperate attempt to claim the pearls as his own. At Redwall Abbey, a young hedgehog maid, Tansy, is equally determined to find the pearls first, with the help of her friends. And she must succeed, for the life of one she holds dear is in great danger. . . .

For ages 9 and above.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this hybrid mystery/adventure, the latest Redwall saga, six beautiful pearls are hidden in Redwall Abbey. A marauding mob of corsairs seeking the jewels kidnaps the Abbot as a bargaining chip, thereby setting the plot off in two distinct directions. In one, the denizens of the Abbey, led by the young hedgehog Tansy, must solve a series of riddles to find the pearls; theirs is a fun- and food-laden search that harks back to a similar hunt in the series opener, Redwall. Chapters of this quest alternate with a more epic tale, as the warrior mouse Martin leads a small band on a great chase across the open sea to rescue the Abbot. After an intriguing meeting with "sealfolk," the rescuers snatch the Abbot off an island in a bloody-and implausible-battle with the corsairs. The triumphant return of Martin and his cohorts diminishes the importance of the hunt for the pearls, a disappointing loose end; in Redwall, Matthias puts the sword he has quested after to good use. The pearls do allow Tansy, one of a number of strong female characters in key roles, the chance to prove that she is fit to be the first Abbess-but only by throwing them away. The incomplete meshing of the two story lines, and the recycling of a plot from a previous installment, suggest that even though there is plenty of adventure left, this well-loved series may finally be running out of steam. Ages 6-up. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Sue W. Preslar
Brian Jacques' latest novel in his saga dealing with the peaceful, egalitarian society of Redwall combines humanitarian ideals with a good animal fantasy story. Six magnificent rose-colored pearls, called the Tears of All Oceans, are at the heart of the conflict since they are missing. The greed they inspire in those who pursue them leads to mayhem and death. The evil Emperor Ubaz, better known as Mad Eyes, desperately seeks to own the pearls for his crown. At Redwall, a young hedgehog maid named Tansy and her friends are determined to find the pearls to exchange for the life of Redwall's much loved Abbot Durral who has been kidnapped. This complex fantasy, with numerous subplots and hundreds of characters, shifts continually from chapter to chapter. Each fox, stoat, rat, otter, bankvole, lizard, owl and ferret's dialog is printed in various dialects, but the compelling story line and skillfully drawn characters creates a masterful coherence for the true fan of high fantasy. It is a story with great heroism on the part of many characters, but Tansy's triumph at the end assures us that good can win the struggle over evil.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
The evil Emperor Ublaz of the island of Sampetra attacked Holt Lutra for six rare pink pearls known as the "Tears of all Oceans." As the ship was returning to Sampetra with the treasure, two of the crew stole the pearls and then battled one another for sole possession. The wounded survivor, Graylunk, found his way to Redwall where he was cared for by Fermald the Ancient. Fearing retaliation by Ublaz, Graylunk went off to die alone. He left the pearls with Fermald, who put each pearl in a different hiding spot and left clues to their whereabouts. When Ublaz heard about Graylunk, he sent a ship to recover the pearls. Instead, the crew kidnapped Redwall's Abbot Durral and Viola Bankvole. Martin the Warrior took a crew and sailed off to rescue them. Back at the abbey, Tansy led a small group to solve the riddles and locate the pearls in case they were needed in exchange for Viola and the Abbot. A major battle occurred, and Ublaz discovered he had more than one enemy. Readers will enjoy attempting to solve the riddles before Tansy. The humorous antics of the three Dibbuns, or young ones, counterbalance the seriousness of the battle scenes. Jacques' signature elements of the "Redwall" series are all here: well-developed animal characters, marvelous descriptions of the settings and action, a strong moral code, swashbuckling action, and mouthwatering descriptions of food. 1998 (orig.
VOYA - Mary B. McCarthy
Warring seascum, evil lizards, and a battling otter maid-'tis true, a new Redwall adventure has arrived! Grath Longfletch's family has been slain, their treasure of six pink pearls stolen. While she is nursed back to health, the corsairs who stole the Pearls of Lutra flee toward Redwall Abbey. One is killed en route, while the other is befriended by Fermal the Ancient, a somewhat odd Redwall dweller who always speaks in riddles. Several years later, Tansy the hedgehog maid discovers the skeletons of this corsair and the treasure hunt within the Abbey begins. In the midst of the hunt, Ublaz the Emperor of Sampetra learns the pearls were stolen by his corsairs and vows to recover the treasure for his own. Mutiny, sword play, and the capture of the Redwall Abbot lead the vermin and Abbey dwellers in their adventure. The author continues his successful Redwall series with this latest critter-filled adventure. Internal illustration is minimal, allowing the imagination to create visuals of the familiar characters. In the author's trademark style, the story skips from battle to treasure hunt, kitchen to corsair island, which might confuse or frustrate some readers. Each animal family is given their own distinct dialogue, admirably consistent throughout the novel, which also could provide a challenge to some readers. The characters use a series of puzzles, songs, and clues to find the pearls, only a few of which can be solved by the reader, as most rely on some small clue known only to a Redwall inhabitant. Overall, another enjoyable adventure that provides strong female characters who are heroic in both non-traditional and traditional roles. This title can stand on its own, although it's more enjoyable if the reader is familiar with the history of Redwall Abbey. Recommended, especially for libraries whose young adults have been begging for the next installment from the Mossflower wood. Rest assured, the discovery of a new otter stronghold ensures we have not read the last of these well-fed friends. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 4 UpDevoted fans of Jacques's "Redwall Tales" will snap this off the shelf without any prompting. And those readers who have not yet discovered the delights of Redwall Abbey will likely be converted by the time they have finished reading this rollicking adventure set within the abbey walls, around Mossflower Woods, and on the tropical Island of Samptera, populated by vermin corsairs; Trident-rats; and the evil Emperor Ublaz Mad Eyes, a pine martin. The Pearls of Lutra, a set of six pink pearls known as the Tears of All Oceans plundered from the Otters of Holt Lutra, have slipped through the malevolent Ublaz's paws. He sends a crew of rough Wave Brethern and creepy monitor lizards to recover them from Redwall Abbey, where they have ended up by chance. In the course of events, the beloved Abbot Durral is kidnapped, and Martin the Warrior and a group of charming, valiant, and ravenous beasts from Redwall and Mossflower sail off to save him. In the meantime, the determined hogmaid Tansy and her friends must use the riddlelike clues to recover the pearls from the six spots where they were hidden by the now-deceased Fermaid the Ancient. Although good triumphs over evil as always, readers will experience heartache and some scary moments, as well as encounter quite a bit of bloodshed along the way. A welcome addition to the Redwall canon and a good, solid recommendation for filling adventure- book assignments.Carrie Schadle, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Jacques (The Great Redwall Feast, 1996, etc.) has outdone himself in this ninth Redwall epic, weaving strands of a thrilling tale into a complex, persuasive whole.

Opening when hedgehog maid Tansy and squirrel child Arven find a skeleton in Mossflower wood, the story features Ublaz Mad Eyes, the evil pine marten who rules the tropical island, Sampetra, populated by a vile lot of seascum. Ublaz burns to possess the Pearls of Lutra—six rose-colored pearls of unparalleled beauty—stolen by his command years before and lost when their greedy captors tried to keep them for themselves. There is Grath Longfletch, intent on revenge, and kindly old Abbot Durrell, who is captured by searats and carried off to Sampetra. Deciphering elaborate clues in cryptic verse, Tansy leads the treasure hunt for the pearls—hidden in Redwall Abbey—and breaks their spell forever. The fast-paced, meaty text jumps from Redwall to Sampetra to the high seas, each time leaving readers on the edge of their seats, until gradually the various branches of the story converge in a glorious climax. With several strong female characters, fewer battles, and more mystery—as well as the usual complement of humorous sidekicks and mouthwatering feasts—this is a victory for Redwall.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142401446
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/24/2004
  • Series: Redwall Series , #9
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 276,943
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.75 (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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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    Continues to Entertain

    Brian Jacques continues to enterain with this 9th book in the Redwall series. I have been reading them for some time. I am already up to Chapter 10 and am having a hard time putting it down. The characters once again come to life on each page. The plot is engaging, and you find yourself wrapped up in Redwall Abbey and her inhabitants. The book maybe in the kid/teen section of the book store, but it is a great read for any age. To be able to pick up a book, and travel to a different time and world is a huge stress release. You get wrapped up in the characters and each adventure they take. GREAT BOOK! GREAT SERIES!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Great book!

    Have read all of the books in the Redwall series and have never been let down. Brian Jacques is a great author and has been keeping me captivated since the 3rd grade.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

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    GOOD BOOK.

    Really GOOD BOOK.Read the whole series.

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

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    Great Adventure!

    This writer does a great job writing adventures, riddles and songs. But I did not think he was a good mystery-writer. There are quite a few mystery chapters in this book. This author has a similar style to C.S. Lewis. (9 year-old-reader review)

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

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    Pearls of Lutra

    Brian Jacques is an amazing writer. i have been reading him since third grade. he is hilarious, epic, and sentimental. pearls of lutra is all of that and more. it is one of the best in the series! i've read them all and wait eagerly for doomwhyte to come out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2007

    Wow probably the best of all Redwall books so far!

    This book was truly amazing. It had a great plot, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I thought that Emperor Ublaz was too cowardly for a villain, but that was ok and it was easy for the Redwallers to defeat him. Truly an enjoyable book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2005

    rilly good book!!!!!!!!!!!!

    asome book!! very intense, funny and a little sad!!!! but all in all it s very good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2004

    LOVED IT!

    PEARLS OF LUTRA BRINGS YOU BACK TO THE CHARACTERS THAT ARE IN REDWALL AND MATTIMEO. I THOUGHT UBLAZ WAS TOO DOPY OF A BAD GUY. I THOUGHT THIS ONE WAS A LOT BETTER THAN OUTCAST OF REDWALL. I ENJOYED READING THIS AWESOME BOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    The best---yet i love em all

    this was by-far the best out of the redwall series...It tells the tale of a orphaned otter whos family was slain...In her quest for vengence she meets up with martinII and other amazing characters...The Battles are extrordinary and the book is amazing...MUST READ!!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    magnificent in lots of ways!

    Pearls of Lutra is a book with excitement,action, and mystery.The book contains interesting clues to solving mysteries.I quite enjoyed this book and is recommended for a 5.2 reading level(about 10 years old).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2003

    Another Great Book from Jacques

    Pearls of Lutra combines action with solving clues. This story is about pearls that were stolen from Holt Lutra by searats. Believing the entire Holt dead the searats stole the pearls not realizing the one of the daughters was still alive. Swearing revenge on her families massacre, Grath Longfletch sets out to avenge her families death. Along the way she joins Martin the Warrior and his friends who are searching for the Father Abbot of Redwall Abbey and a vole who were taken prisoner by the same searats who massacred her family. Back at the Abbey, Tansy is trying to find the pearls that an ancient mouse hid, so she can ransom back the Abbot. Tansy and her friends experience lots of trials and tribulations. Martin and his friends make new friends and battle against the evil emperor Ublaz, who wants the pearls. Who will win? Read the book and you will find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    Extraordinary!!!

    I think this is my favorite book from the Redwall series (or at least second only to Taggerung). Otters are my favorite characters in Jacques' books, and I love the character Grath Longfletch from this story. This book is awesome and amazing. I've read it twice already and am in the process of reading it a third time! Definitely one of Jacques' best works (though all of his books are spectacular)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2003

    The Best Book In The World!!!!!!!

    This was excellent in everyway! My favorite book by far!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    Obviously the best i've seen so far

    i LOVED this book from the series. it has the best plot, and the best riddles..6!!!! but everyone says taggerung is better so... i have to read that one next, then triss...gosh i'm going crazy!! brian Jacques is by far the best fantasy writer out there...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2002

    Another Success in the Redwall Series

    Every one of the Redwall books I've read I loved, and The Pearls of Lutra is no exception! While not exactly my favorite in the series,this book was still really good. I think everyone (especially if you are a fan of Redwall) should read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    Deverves infinite stars, The best book in the best series in the world

    Redwall is the best series immaginable. Brian Jaques came out with a gold mine in the Pearls of Lutra. He combined lots of mystery with the most feared villan of them all. You will not put this book down unitl you are done and will read it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2002

    Fantasy

    THis book is about all six tears of the oceans. Ulbaz also known as Emperer Mad Eyes is tying to get hold of the six tears or pearls and he finds out that there at abby redwall. So his men capture the abbot and this mouse maid and for ransom he wants the six pears of Lutra. Instead Martin decides to go and find Ulbaz himself and a couple of other people. While this Mouse maid named Tansy is looking for the six pearls Martin his fighting at the island where Ulbaz is. In the end Ulbaz dies sword fighting Martin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2002

    Neat!!!!

    Stunning content and fascinating adventure. With evil Ublaz Mad Eyes, CLecky, Tansy, Arven, Martin, and more. The fun keeps growing and growing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

    one word....WOW

    The poems and epics in this story were wonderful, Clecky was one of my favorite redwall hares, I was mad when poor Romsca died, and sad when Piknim did, also, Arven is and will always be my favorite dibbun (or as Tansy would say 'maggot')

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    Too cool...

    I finished the book a couple days ago, Another hit! The book was great, Redwall fans will love it!

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