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There has never been a Redwall hero quite like Rakkety Tam, theroguish Highlander squirrel who sets off for Mossflower Wood on a mercenary errand and loses his heart to the charms of Redwall Abbey. And there's never been a villain quite like Gulo the Savage: a vicious beast-eating wolverine who descends upon the Abbey in search of a relic called the Walking Stone. Readers will cheer at the return of the Long Patrol, the antics of a renegade vole thief, and the emergence of a new...
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Overview

There has never been a Redwall hero quite like Rakkety Tam, theroguish Highlander squirrel who sets off for Mossflower Wood on a mercenary errand and loses his heart to the charms of Redwall Abbey. And there's never been a villain quite like Gulo the Savage: a vicious beast-eating wolverine who descends upon the Abbey in search of a relic called the Walking Stone. Readers will cheer at the return of the Long Patrol, the antics of a renegade vole thief, and the emergence of a new champion to wield the sword of Martin.
As fans of Brian Jacques and Redwall know, the adventures just keep getting bigger and better.

For ages 9 and above.

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The Abbey of Redwall and all its peaceful inhabitants by a ravenous invader. From the frozen north, Gulo the Savage and his pack of white-furred vermin have landed to slaughter Gulo's brother, cannibalize the land, and seize the fabled Walking Stick. Can anybody stop this vicious beast-eating wolverine? A new hero named Rakkety Tam musters all his squirrel courage to seize the day. Redwaaaaaaal!
Publishers Weekly
The Redwall series marches on with Rakkety Tam by Brian Jacques. Gulo the Savage-a cannibalistic wolverine with an army of foxes and ermines-invades, searching for the "Walking Stone" his brother Askor stole. King Araltum and Igda Drayqueen turn to the surly, squirrelly warriors Rakkety Tam MacBurl and Wild Doogy Plumm to find Gulo and repossess their kingdom's banner, as Gulo advances on Redwall. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Brian Jacques takes us back to the world of Redwall in this story about the fearless warrior Rakkety Tam. Gulo the Savage (know for eating his enemies) seeks the Walking Stone, but the Abbey of Redwall stands in his way. Worried about the fate of the Abbey, Armel the squirrel maiden has a vision of Martin. Martin tells her to give his sword to a "warrior who sold and lost his sword." Armel and her friend Brooky set off to find this warrior, but are captured by Captain Shard. When Tam and his friend Doogy rescue them, Armel realizes that Tam is the person to whom she should give the sword. The animals all band together to defend the Abby against Gulo and his minions. This epic adventure will well-satisfy the fans waiting for the next "Redwall" novel. Newcomers to the series may have a bit of trouble keeping the characters straight (a glossary of names would have been a welcome addition). Elliot's black and white drawings at the beginning of each chapter provide a wonderful yet non-intrusive illustration of this adventure-packed story. 2004, Philomel Books, Ages 10 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
VOYA
The peace and security of Mossflower Country and Redwall Abbey is threatened by the most vicious adversary since the time of the legendary Martin the Warrior. From the frozen northern wastelands, cannibal Gulo the Savage and his vermin cohorts pursue his brother, Askor. Askor has stolen the symbol of power, the Walking Stone, for which Gulo murdered their father. Gulo and his horde find Mossflower's woods and its creatures much to their "taste" as they pillage and devour all in their path. But there is help from the highlands-soldier of fortune Rakkety Tam MacBurl and his valiant companion, Wild Doogy Plumm, will march with the hares of the fabled Long Patrol Regiment, wielding the sword of Martin as Redwall's newest champions. Redwall series fanatics will rejoice at the latest installment in this epic animal fantasy of good versus evil, and newbies need not fear jumping in midstream for a taste of a master storyteller's trademark action, humor, colorful characters, and the acquaintance of two truly unique comrades in arms. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Philomel, 432p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Mary Arnold
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Jacques once again delivers a heroic tale of friendship, valor, and a battle between good and evil. Gulo the Savage and his army of vermin invade Mossflower Country to murder his brother and capture the coveted Walking Stone. Rakkety Tam MacBurl, a highland warrior, and his companion Wild Doogy Plumm, join forces with the hares of the Long Patrol Regiment and the occupants and friends of Redwall Abbey to defeat the villains. Numerous battles occur across Mossflower Country and eventually end at the doorstep of Redwall Abbey. This fast-paced adventure will keep readers on their toes until the final battle. Elliot's ink sketches appear at the head of each chapter, giving readers a glimpse of what is to come. Some characters' accents may pose a slight challenge for those not familiar with the previous books. The colorful writing style, the strong cast of characters, and twisting plot will continue to delight fans of the series.-Christine McGinty, Albany Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399237256
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/9/2004
  • Series: Redwall Series , #17
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    Must Read

    This has to be one of the most amazing books Brian Jacques has ever written. It is filled with a mixture of war, adventure, honor and love (kid-friendly of course). If you want to read one of Brian Jacques finest books, here it is.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    Absoballylutely splendiferous, wot wot!

    Brian Jacques is the best book writer. I have read all of his books, and this one tops it. When Gulo the Savage steals and massacres a community, Rakkety Tam and Doogy Plumm go after him to resign from their leigelords control. Soon they must save two redwall maids from Gulo's vermin. Accompanied by hares of the Long Patrol they set out to save Redwall Abbey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    This is a smart, fun thrill ride with kind people, cracking villains and a thrilling final battle.

    Those are the things a good book needs! Not to mention all the glorious feasts! (Brian Jaques now has a Redwall Cookbook out, and now I can't get enough of Redwall cuisine!) This is a good book for fantasy geeks, strategy geeks (like me,) and charming animal tales alike. Admittedly it is a little violent, but if you have ever seen S.W.A.T. then I think you won't be bothered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2006

    A Fan of Redwall

    OHH MY GOSH! This book is the best book i've ever read (and I'm fifteen by the way). The story is full of action, suspense, and a awesome epic fight between Raketty Tam and Gulo the Savage. I still give it five stars but please Brian Jacques make the books at least 100 pages longer because the book is over before it begins. Having said that even though it is a little short I will re-read it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    Rakkey Tam McBurl

    In a riptide of thrilling actions and events, Brian Jacques has succeeded in creating a most intriguing and exciting tale, his style obviously apparent in one of my favorite of the Redwall series. The comical hares, wise moles, limber squirrels, and a large host of other woodland creatures return to deliver comic relief to a thoroughly breathtaking adventure. I loved how Gulo's savage ways contrasted with the warrior's honor that Doogy and Tam possess, and how the woodlanders' wit was used extensively to defeat the invading forces of evil.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2011

    very good book

    The peace and security of Mossflower Country and Redwall Abbey is threatened by the most vicious adversary since the time of the legendary Martin the Warrior. From the frozen northern wastelands, cannibal Gulo the Savage and his vermin cohorts pursue his brother, Askor. Askor has stolen the symbol of power, the Walking Stone, for which Gulo murdered their father. Gulo and his horde find Mossflower's woods and its creatures much to their "taste" as they pillage and devour all in their path. But there is help from the highlands-soldier of fortune Rakkety Tam MacBurl and his valiant companion, Wild Doogy Plumm, will march with the hares of the fabled Long Patrol Regiment, wielding the sword of Martin as Redwall's newest champions.The peace and security of Mossflower Country and Redwall Abbey is threatened by the most vicious adversary since the time of the legendary Martin the Warrior. From the frozen northern wastelands, cannibal Gulo the Savage and his vermin cohorts pursue his brother, Askor. Askor has stolen the symbol of power, the Walking Stone, for which Gulo murdered their father. Gulo and his horde find Mossflower's woods and its creatures much to their "taste" as they pillage and devour all in their path. But there is help from the highlands-soldier of fortune Rakkety Tam MacBurl and his valiant companion, Wild Doogy Plumm, will march with the hares of the fabled Long Patrol Regiment, wielding the sword of Martin as Redwall's newest champions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    The drums are beatin' braw

    I've read every one of the Redwall books (as of Jan/06) and although I adore all of them, Rakkety Tam really stands out as one of the best books I've read. Period. It's well balanced, action-packed, great characters and the usual Jacques' touch! I really suggest this for anyone just starting out with Redwall!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    Excellent Reading

    This is an excellent book for children and adults. The writing is wonderful and very expressive. This is the first audiobook that I have listened to by this author and I will definitely listen to more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Rakkety Tam

    Brian Jacques will have quite a time topping himself after writing Rakkety Tam. Undoubtedly my favourite book in the series! (so far) I always have found the hare officers hilarious, and Sergeant Wonwill especially lived up to my expectations. Rakkety Tam and Doogey Plumm (both squirrels) make quite the pair! Doogey and Ferdimond the Hare are head-butting until Sergenat Wonwill has them box it out (wot wot). I'm not going to tell you how the match ends. Sister Armel and Rakkety Tam (for all you Redwall readers) are almost as Cornflower and Matthias, only the relationship is not quite so obvious at first! Jacques depicted the relationship well! Yoofus Lightpaw is Gonff gone bad, and all the other creatures add to the story positively in one form or another even the villians as there would be no story without them! I enjoyed the entire book. Brian Jacques' books keep getting better! If you don't already crave Brian Jacques' Books, You'll be hooked on Rakkety Tam! ~Matt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2005

    AAAWWWWWSSSOOOMMME.

    I'm 24 and I've read all of his books and I can't wait for more. Brian Jacques is one of the best authors I have come across.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    Best Redwall Book Yet!

    I love this as much, if not more than 'Mossflower' & 'Redwall' my 2 all time favorites. I loved all of the characters (Except the evil ones, of course), and Doogey Plumm was so funny!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    Rakkety Tam is the BEST!!

    I looove Rakkety Tam. It is Brian Jacques best book. My favrite charecters are Wonwill, Rakkety Tam, Wild Doogy Plumm, Armel and many many others. I was so glad that this story is out now after all the suspence. Haway the brae!!! Redwall!!!Eulalia!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2004

    Great Book!

    I loved this book! Although it wasn't as good as my personal favorite (Martin the Warrior)it was still and outstanding book. I absolutely loved the characters, they were so cool. The story makes you want to jump right into the book with them. I recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    Best Book Ever!!!!

    Rakkety Tam is now my new favorite book! I used to think Taggerung was the best but now I think Rakkety Tam is 5 times as good. I recommend this book to every one, although some parts are kind of gross.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    Great addition

    This series is unbelievable. It contains some of the best characters and i highly recommend trying the series out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2004

    Awesome truly specatacular

    A wonderfull book full of wonderous things.Excitement and passion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2004

    The Best Redwall Book Yet!

    I mean it, this latest book in Brian Jacques's Redwall series is THE BEST!!! I love all of the characters, definately Jacques's most loveable cast. Doogy and, especially, Tam are the best characters ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2004

    One of the best in the series

    wow....i was quite impressed with this...i went into it with caution for the last couple of books by Brian Jacques were..not his best. but i was completely blown away...Rakkety Tam has serious potential to rival his earlier classics like Martin the Warrior and Mariel of Redwall....though nothing can touch The Long Patrol(my personal fave:) i highly recommed this....i am 15 going on 16 and...yes...i still read the redwall series because it takes me away from the real world for a bit and leaves me wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    I can't wait!!!!!!!

    I have been waiting a year for rakkety Tam to come out (basically since i finished Loamhedge). This one looks to be a great addition to the excellent redwall series..... I just wish they were longer. I finish books like this in a day, but it would be nice to find a book that it would take me a week to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2004

    I read anything and everything

    As soon as I read the title I knew it would be one of my faviorites. I can't wait until it comes out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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