Salamandastron by Brian Jacques
(Redwall, Book 5)

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Urthstripe the Strong, a wise old badger, leads the animals of the great fortress of Salamandastron and Redwall Abbey against the weasel Ferahgo the Assassin and his corps of vermin.

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Brian Jacques was born in Liverpool, England on June 15, 1939. After he finished St. John's School at the age of fifteen, he became a merchant seaman and travelled to numerous 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 police constable, a postmaster, and a stand-up comic. During the sixties, he was a member of the folk singing group The Liverpool Fishermen. He wrote both poetry and music, but he began his writing career in earnest as a playwright. His three stage plays Brown Bitter, Wet Nellies, and Scouse have been performed at the Everyman Theatre. He wrote Redwall for the children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool, where he delivered milk as a truck driver. His style of writing is very descriptive, because of the nature of his first audience, for whom he painted pictures with words, so that they could see them in their imaginations. After Alan Durband, his childhood English teacher, read Redwall, he showed it to a publisher without telling Jacques. This event led to a contract for the first five books in the Redwall series. He also wrote the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series. He died on February 5, 2011. Allan Jones is the author of numerous fantasy books for both children and teens. He lives in London, England.
Published January 1, 1993 by Philomel Books, New York, 1993.. 336 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here they come again, those fiercely determined animals of Mossflower wood and its environs: intrepid or villainous, buckling their swashes, smiling sly grins, declaiming their resolution, and, above all, eating (``scoffin' '') their way through hazelnuts, raspberries, cream, ale, and other bounty.

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Against the backdrop of a seemingly endless parade of heroes and villains, danger and daring rescues, Jacques has created over the years a loyalty between his readers and the creatures of Redwall Abbey: the reader feels included in the Abbey's history as it is being written, and Jacques encourage...

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``The epic struggle between good and evil rages on in this continuation of the acclaimed Redwall series,'' said PW in a starred review, noting that Jacques's animal characters ``respond to extraordinary circumstances with compellingly human-like humility and strength.'' Ages 10-14.

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Chamber Four

The Redwall books were among my favorites when I was actually a young adult reading YA books.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Salamandastron, the mountain stronghold of Mossflower Woods, is held by the righteous badger warlord, Urthstripe the Strong.

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