Rakkety Tam (Redwall Series #17)

Rakkety Tam (Redwall Series #17)

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by Brian Jacques
     
 

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There has never been a Redwall hero quite like Rakkety Tam, the roguish 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

Overview

There has never been a Redwall hero quite like Rakkety Tam, the roguish 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 bigger.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101220214
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/30/2005
Series:
Redwall Series , #17
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
206,541
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

"I sometimes think it ironic for an ex-seaman, longshoreman, truck driver,
policeman, bus driver, etc., to find success writing children's novels," says Brian Jacques (pronounced "Jakes"). Yet it is all too true. With the publication of his first
children's book in 1987, the award-winning Redwall, Jacques' fresh talent has received exceptional praise from reviewers in the United States and England. Newbery Award winner Lloyd Alexander called it "a fine work, literate, witty, filled with the
excitement of genuine storytelling. Young people will surely be captivated. I hope they give their elders a chance to share the delights."



A well-known radio personality in his native Liverpool--as well as an actor, stand-up comic, and playwright--Brian Jacques is the host of "Jakestown" on BBC Radio Merseyside. Ever the performer, Jacques is well-known for applying his acting and entertainment background to his lively presentations to legions of young fans at schools
across the United States and England.



Brian Jacques was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939. Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be exact.


He grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks. His interest in adventure stories began at an early age with reading the books of: Daniel Defoe, Sir Henry Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Thomas Malory, Robert Michael Ballantyne, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Kenneth Grahame. He attended St. John's School, an inner city school that had its playground on the roof. On his first day at St. John's, at the age of ten, he had an experience that marked his potential as a writer. When given an assignment of writing a story about animals, he wrote about the bird that cleaned a crocodile's teeth. The teacher could not, and would not, believe that a ten year old could write that well. When young Brian refused to falsely say that he had copied the story, he was caned as "a liar". He had always loved to write, but it was only then, that he realized that he had a talent for writing.



Some teachers at St. John's proved to be good role models. As Mr. Jacques recalls:



"My favourite teacher was Mr. Austin Thomas. He looked like Lee Marvin. Big Man. A Captain in World War II. He came to school on a big bush bike with the haversack on back. He was a man's man. Always fair. I was fourteen at the time when Mr. Thomas introduced the class to poetry and Greek literature. (Because of him, I saved seven shillings and sixpence to buy The Iliad and The Odyssey at this dusty used book shop.)"



This interest in poetry extended to Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Goldsmith.
It was also at St. John's that Brian met a teacher, Alan Durband (who also taught two Beatles, Paul McCartney and George Harrison), who, more than thirty years later would bring about a major change in his life.



After Brian finished school at fifteen, he set out to find adventure as a merchant seaman. He travelled to many far away ports, including New York, Valparaiso, San Francisco, and Yokohama. Tiring of the lonely life of a sailor, he returned to Liverpool where he worked as a railway fireman, a longshoreman, a long-distance truck driver, a bus driver, a boxer, a bobby (Police Constable 216D), a postmaster, and a stand-up comic.



Penguin mourns the passing of celebrated children’s book author Brian Jacques

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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Rakkety Tam (Redwall Series #17) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderfull book full of wonderous things.Excitement and passion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series is unbelievable. It contains some of the best characters and i highly recommend trying the series out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have read all of the redwall books excpet mariel because ido not want the journey to end for me. so this is another book for me to read with out finishing them. im so exited.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved all the redwall books and i think that this book will be among the greatest in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As soon as I read the title I knew it would be one of my faviorites. I can't wait until it comes out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have all of the other redwall books and i thoroughly enjoyed each and every single one of them. i have no problem reading them over and over again. there is no doubt in my mind that rakkety tam will be just as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED the redwall series and I can't wait for this one to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have got to read this book! Its the best of the Redwall series if you ask me. (And yes i have read all of the Redwall series.) SO JUST GET THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!