Taggerung (Redwall Series #14)

Taggerung (Redwall Series #14)

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Taggerung (Redwall Series #14) by Brian Jacques, Peter Standley

The Vermin Clan of Sawney Rath has long awaited their Taggerung-the chosenbeast who will lead them to victory against any foe. Now at last the seer Grissoul has foretold the Taggerung's birth: they will find him by the river, and know him by the birthmark on one paw.

But the marked beast that they discover is neither stoat nor fox nor rat, but an otterbabe! Nonetheless, the vermin take and raise him. It is only when the young otter steps into his famed and fearsome role that he senses something is wrong. Very wrong!

Is he the Taggerung after all? And if he is not, who is he?

In this, the fourteenth novel of the best-selling Redwall epic, Brian Jacques has created yet another unforgettable adventure tale, with a hero so surprising that even Redwall fans will come to expect the unexpected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780091769284
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Series: Redwall Series , #14
Pages: 437
Product dimensions: 5.63(w) x 1.42(h) x 8.74(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

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.

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

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dragongirl91 More than 1 year ago
Taggerung is by far the best book in the Redwall series. Disagree with me if you want, but the action, mystique, and plot make this for a great read. Basic plot in five sentences: A band of thieves and vagabonds receives a prophecy about the birth of the Taggerung, a strong and invunerable beast that will fight with the band. When they get to the place where the Taggerung should be, they're surprised to find that an otter babe has the signs of the warrior! The babe is kidnapped, taken back to the band, and named Tagg. Yet even though Tagg is raised among evil, he never allows it to consume his heart and balances violence with mercy. He later journeys to find his true home and deals with jealousy and treachery along the way. An absolute must-read for Redwall fans! Tagg is dynamic, the story moves at a fast-pace, and the mystery surrounding the Taggerung keeps the reader interested until the last page!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome! i very highly recommend it its one of my favorites. so many twists and turns that you cant put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. Tagg is such a great character...This is a book and character to fall in love with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read alot of Redwall books, but Taggerung by far is my favorite so far!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The next one on my want list is Rakkety Tam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book over all of the other books he's written, well exept maybe outcast of Redwall. I geuss I just like conflict within characters. As far as good and Evil go Taggarung changed good. But in Outcast of Redwall The Ferret stayed evil. both were great. I like in marlfox how at the end the Rats on the Island are having fun and not being evil like apparently all Vermin are. Still Brian, You should've had a huge battle instead of The badgers save the day, I mean don't Taggarungs Match the power of 100 other warriors?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ive read almost all of the books and they all are so cool.But this one was realy diffrent and i think all of the redwall books are like that because if they werent diffret you would be reading the same book 18 times(theres 18 books about redwall.i reccomend this book to friends family and teachers.These are the books i read when im not doing a book report unless it was about the redwall series.That would be great but alot of teachers think its a hard to read book i read a bunch in 2 grade.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and believe that it's the best in the series. I hoped Swaney Rath would live a little longer than that since he was the better bad guy. Still, that and the fact that the Taggerung wanted to remove the face paint were the only things that I found uninteresting. Personally, I thought the paint was pretty cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best & favorite book of Brian. Filled with adventure, and the excitment when Tagg(Deyna) travels home.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because Jacques really went to the heart of the characters like Deyna and Nimbalo. The only thing it needed in my opinion was a battle at the end, but the characters' emotions were very very good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one was filled with adventure, worry, love, and kindness. I love how Jaques creates his storys with so much detail and they are always garenteed to have excitement!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is filled to the brim with adventure, excitement, fun loving times, and brave heroes.It's the most estounding book I have ever read, and is my favorite book.
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Great read! Highly reccommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, maybe one of the best redwall books (i have read 17 of them) a great book about an otter raised in a vermin band unlike other redwall books he is raised as one of them.... and as him and that amazing abbey meet some cool things happen
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Emberstream?
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Tagg is locked out!!! Go to Marlfox result one! -Wintermint
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I am
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o.O
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This is no Clan and I dont need a mate
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