Tuesday, April 01, 2003
Squirrel heroine provides a thrilling read Brian Jacques’ new book, Triss, is great. It features a heroic squirrel named Triss who is the only heroine to have used Martin the warrior’s sword as her main weapon. Triss is a slave who escapes from the fearsome pure ferret King Agarnu, the spoiled ferret Princess Kurda, and the big and stupid Prince Bladd. Triss escapes with her friends Shogg the otter and Welfo the hedgehog.
They run to a boat that is about to be loaded with provisions for the prince and princess, who are about to set off with some other rats. They slip onto the boat just as the king’s rats come up behind them. After they escape they find that the ship is empty and has no food. They drift on the open sea for weeks.
Meanwhile, at Redwall Abbey, two dibbuns (young ones) sneak out of the abbey and into Mossflower Forest. Unknowingly, the two infants stumble upon the ancient and hidden badger hall called Brockhall. After finally being rescued by a search party from Redwall the infants explain how they found a door in a huge tree with the letters b-o-k-a-l written on it. They said they saw a “great monster serpent and a snowy white giant.” All the adults thought they were lying, but they weren’t. That was just what they saw. If you want to find out what happens next, read Triss by Brian Jacques.
British author Brian Jacques has always loved songs and poems and he puts plenty of them in his books. They are usually happy and sometimes funny.
One of the best things about all of Brian Jacques’ books is that you never want to stop reading them. At the end of every chapter there’s a cliffhanger and you always want to keep reading to see what happens. The Redwall books are all about animal heroes and how they defeat the threat of evil every time. The good guys are mostly squirrels, mice, moles, otters, badgers, hares, and some owls and sparrows. The bad guys are mostly rats, weasels, ferrets, stoats and toads. There are, of course, lots of others I haven’t put here. If I did, the list would be nearly endless.
So, if you’re looking for a book with great writing about a female squirrel hero and lots of other creatures too (who sing a lot) read Triss.
Mitchell Herrmann, age 9, Riverside
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