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Format:
Title:
Pearls of Lutra
ISBN:
9780399229466

9780142401446

9780606130158
Edition:
1st American ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, 1997.
Physical Description:
408 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Series title(s):
General Note:
"Published in Great Britain in 1996"--Title page verso.

A tale of Redwall.
Contents:
Book One: Six tears for an abbot -- Book Two: Westward the warriors -- Book Three: When tears are shed.
Summary:
Tansy, a young hedgehog living at Redwall Abbey, attempts to solve the riddle of the missing pearls while at the same time the evil marten, Mad Eyes, desires them for himself.
Reading Level:
Middle School.
Program Information:
AR 6.1 18.0.
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TEEN FIC JACQUES Redwall #9
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J Redwall
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Summary

Summary

On the Isle of Sampetra, Emperor Ubla, better known as Mad Eyes, sends his lizard army on a mission to capture Redwall. Meanwhile the inhabitants of Redwall are on a mission of their own--to solve the six fiendishly difficult riddles that will lead them to the rose-colored gems, the Pearls of Lutra. As they get closer to solving to riddles, the lizards get closer to Redwall and a battle to the death begins.


Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up‘Devoted 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

Jacques's popular combination of gory and cozy this time involves a struggle between the dear innocent little ones of Redwall and a mad, evil pine marten emperor who wishes to retrieve six rose-colored pearls hidden at Redwall. The tangled plot, unveiled in alternate chapters at Redwall and out adventuring, is as suspenseful and melodramatic as ever; fans will not be disappointed. From HORN BOOK 1997, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

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. (Fiction. 9-14)


Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. With this ninth novel in the ongoing, richly developed Redwall saga, Jacques will once again captivate his myriad fans. As usual, the action is played out on more than one front. When forces of the evil pine marten Mad Eyes threaten Redwall Abbey and demand the return of some pink pearls that they had stolen from an otter holding, young hedgehog Tansy leads a group in an attempt to solve the riddle and find the pearls. At the same time, mousewarrior Martin, grandson of Matthias, leads a brave band in pursuit of the enemy, a long chase that sees the group joined by otter warrior Grath, sole survivor of the raid when the pearls were stolen. The hunt leads them across the sea to Sampetra, island domain of the mighty Emperor Ublaz (also known as Mad Eyes but not to his face) and haven to "corsairs, searats, and all manner of vermin wavescum." Also as usual, the deeds--both the daring and the evil--and the deadly violence are leavened by the antics of various creatures, including the abbey young'uns, as well as by the many lovingly described scenes of cookery, banquets, and merriment. Another winner. --Sally Estes