Brian Jacques is a powerful storyteller, known best as the creator of the top-selling REDWALL series. He was brought up near the Liverpool docks. His life to date has been adventure-packed - he's been a sailor, truck driver, longshoreman, comedian, folk singer and radio host. He continues to travel widely but still has his home in Liverpool.
Gr 5 Up-Loamhedge (Philomel, 2003), Book 16 in Brian Jacques Redwall series, is populated with the usual cast of furry friends and foes. Adventuring otter Braggon and his companion, Sarobando, return to Redwall Abbey briefly before heading off on a quest to help young hare, Martha Braebuck, regain the use of her legs. At the same time, Lonna Bowstripe, an archer/badger has set out to avenge a friend's death, and two bands of rats, stoats, foxes, and other vermin have laid siege to the Abbey. There's even an eerie pack of nighttime worshippers who remind listeners that Loamhedge sounds a lot like Stonehedge. Jacques narrates the story with a versatile and enthusiastic cast of 14 actors whose authentic accents are occasionally hard to understand. Lively songs throughout add to the recording, but it's mildly disconcerting that their instrumental accompaniment is rarely based on the text. The popularity of the Redwall series makes this a logical purchase for all school and public libraries.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Brian Jacques's Redwall carries on with Loamhedge, a deserted abbey that a wheelchair-bound young hare-maid thinks could hold a cure to her lame condition. Two warriors traveling back to Redwall agree to seek out the legendary place, but unwittingly leave Redwall Abbey vulnerable to vermin intruders. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.