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The Legend of Luke

Written by Brian Jacques & illustrated by Gary Chalk
Book #12 in the Redwall Series
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In this twelfth book of the masterful Redwall epic, storyteller Brian Jacques goes back in time to the days before Redwall, revealing with dramatic poignancy the legend of the first of the magnificent Redwall warriors–Luke, father of Martin.

Joined by Trimp the Hedgehog, Dinny Foremole, and Gonff–the ever-mischievous Prince of Mousethieves–it is that legend Martin hopes to discover when he embarks on a perilous journey to the northland shore, where his father abandoned him as a child. There, within the carcass of a great red ship–broken in half and wedged high up between pillars of stone–he finally uncovers what he has been searching for: the true story of the evil pirate stoat, Vilu Daskar, and the valiant warrior who pursued him relentlessly over the high seas, seeking to destroy Vilu at all costs, even if it m meant deserting his only son.

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Brian Jacques

“I sometimes think it ironic for an ex-seaman, longshoreman, truck driver, policeman, bus driver, etc., to find success writing children’s novels,” says Brian Jacques (pronounced “Jakes”). Yet it is all too true. With the publication of his first children’s book in 1987, the award-winning <b>Redwall</b>, Jacques’ fresh talent has received exceptional praise from reviewers in the United States and England. Newbery Award winner Lloyd Alexander called it “a fine work, literate, witty, filled with the excitement of genuine storytelling. Young people will surely be captivated. I hope they give their elders a chance to share the delights.”A well-known radio personality in his native Liverpool–as well as an actor, stand-up comic, and playwright–Brian Jacques is the host of “Jakestown” on BBC Radio Merseyside. Ever the performer, Jacques is well-known for applying his acting and entertainment background to his lively presentations to legions of young fans at schools across the United States and England.<b>Brian Jacques</b> 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 <b>The Iliad</b> and <b>The Odyssey</b> 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. <b>Penguin mourns the passing of celebrated children’s book author Brian Jacques</b>

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ISBN:
9780142501092
Publication Date:
January 1, 1999
ASIN/ISBN 10:
0142501093

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