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Pearls of Lutra (Redwall Series #9)

Pearls of Lutra (Redwall Series #9)

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by Brian Jacques

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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


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. . . .

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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Praise for Pearls of Lutra

"Devoted fans of Jacques . . . will snap this off the shelf without any prompting."--School Library Journal

Praise for Brian Jacques' Redwall series...

"Astonishing!"--Kirkus Reviews

"Energetic fantasy!"--The New York Times Book Review

"Rousing adventure!"--Publishers Weekly

"Old-fashioned swashbuckling adventure."--Locus

"Jacques's realistically drawn characters are full of personality."--Publishers Weekl

Product Details

Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
Redwall Series , #9
Product dimensions:
3.90(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
"Devoted fans of Jacques . . . will snap this off the shelf without any prompting."(School Library Journal)

Meet the Author

Brian Jacques (www.redwallabbey.com) was born in Liverpool in 1939. He left school at age fifteen and found work as a docker, a truck driver, a policeman and a stand-up comic, all before turning his attention to writing. He wrote his first novel, Redwall, for the children at a school for the blind in Liverpool. Since 1986, his descriptive style of writing has captivated readers from age 8 to 80. His books have won international awards and acclaim and have been made into a TV series. He died in 2011.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 15, 1939
Date of Death:
February 5, 2011
Place of Birth:
Liverpool, England
Place of Death:
Liverpool, England
St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England

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Pearls of Lutra 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
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Mom_Teacher More than 1 year ago
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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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.
booklover40 More than 1 year ago
Really GOOD BOOK.Read the whole series.
benandboys More than 1 year ago
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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Antoinnette More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
asome book!! very intense, funny and a little sad!!!! but all in all it s very good!
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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!!!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).