The Rogue Crew (Redwall Series #22)

The Rogue Crew (Redwall Series #22)

by Brian Jacques


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Redwall Abbey has never seen a creature more evil or more hideous than Razzid Wearat. Captain of the Greenshroud, a ship with wheels that can sail through water as well as the forest, this beast is a terror of both land and sea, traveling Mossflower Country, killing nearly everything-and everyone- in his path. And his goal? To conquer Redwall Abbey.

From Salamandastron to the High North Coast, the brave hares of the Long Patrol team up with the fearless sea otters of the Rogue Crew to form a pack so tough, so rough, only they can defend the abbey and defeat Razzid Wearat once and for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142426180
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Series: Redwall Series , #22
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 420,731
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.62(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

"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 Redwall, 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.

Brian Jacques 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 The Iliad and The Odyssey 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.

Penguin mourns the passing of celebrated children’s book author Brian Jacques

Date of Birth:

June 15, 1939

Date of Death:

February 5, 2011

Place of Birth:

Liverpool, England

Place of Death:

Liverpool, England


St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"For satisfying swashbuckling, this Redwall saga delivers, with a ride-into-the-sunset conclusion."—The Horn Book

"All of the late Jacques’ signature elements are here . . . Readers will savor this last, wonderful adventure, in which, once again, justice and Redwall prevail. It is with great sadness that we all raise a mug of Nut Brown Ale to a master storyteller who has left us too soon."—Booklist

"The multi-stranded plot demands attentive reading . . . an immersive experience."—Kirkus Reviews

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The Rogue Crew (Redwall Series #22) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Dominic Cascio More than 1 year ago
I was sucked in by this series and think I will go hysterical if there will be no more Redwall series books... Fortunately I havent read them all so the journey isnt completely over for me, I just wish there was a bigger selection on the Nook!
Trissica More than 1 year ago
I really am looking forward to this upcoming book! I have kept up with the series from the start and even with the 21 books that came out I have NOT YET been dissatisfied. Each character is new and charming in its own way and you instantly take a likely, or for the bad guys, an instant disliking. The villains are truly evil and show no sign of remorse, the plots are twisted and original and there is always a riddle that needs to be solved in the most creative way! I have never not liked a Redwall series book, and I have been reading them since I was in 7th grade and I am now in College! I cannot wait for this book and I will purchase the book, not download it onto my nook. The adventure this time seems to be really exciting and I am already waiting to find out what will happen! If you haven't read the series I suggest that you start picking up those books because I know that between the battles, and friendship, the comic relief and well as the descriptions of food (Don't read on an empty stomach you will regret it!) it is truly a wonderful world that the author created. I cannot wait to be able to go back to Redwall and Mossflower forest!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Redwall series is so amazing and I can't wait to read the latest book in the series- The Rogue Crew. Brian Jacques books are only getting better so this book should be fanatstic and even better than The Sable Quean, if that's even possible. The summary of the book sounds so exiting and the Redwall books are always better than their summary's so this book should be better than 5 stars. I am not sure if I will be able to wait until 5-03-11 when the story is officially published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is one of the best books in the Redwall series due to all the action that Brian Jacques put into The Rogue Crew. One con to this book is that it is predictable at some points of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had an amazing story and an even better end. I will most definitly miss the redwall series, and now i can say i read them all in one and a half years, and im halfway thru 7th grade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all your books. I really want to make a play out of this. In honor of Brian Jacques...Redwalllllllllll!!!!!! Eulaliaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!! Haway the Braaaawww!!!!!!! Logalogalogalogalog!!!!!!!!!!! and all the other Redwall warcries. Brian Jacques, I swear by the sword of Martin the Warrior that all the other Redwall geeks and I will make the Redwall books live on forever.REDWALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sunwillow More than 1 year ago
i cant wait to read the book! brian jacques might have passed on but his son has taken over the books and is continuing the series. he has written some of the last books made and he is about as great of a writer as his ole pop! i'll be reading this to my future family!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To the person who wrote the review before me. Thank you for writing such a helpful, well informed review! I would like to add, just for the information of those who are careful what they read, that there is a theme of revenge. I really enjoy this series, but there is definitely a thread of revenge. The good guys often say things like "Because you killed my father, my only goal in life is to avenge him by killing you." I leave you with this information, to do with it as you like. I recommend the Mismantle chronicles, as well. - The Homeschool Ballerina
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This book is awosome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love ANY books by Brian Jacques. He was an amazing auther,so sad that he passed on... Anyways, I would this book 5 out of 5 :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something as small as a mouse can be as strong as a lion. Brian Jacques' books ar'net just about animals. It is also about how someone small can have a big heart, like Matthias. Brian may be gone, but his stories will live on until the end of time. We will miss him greatly, rest in peace Brian Jacques.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are great. The villians live up to their reputation and the heroes learn their way to strength and survival. However I must say I missed the warmth of "come visit again, you are always welcome at Redwall."
Samuel Bryson More than 1 year ago
I wish redwall would stay forever
Jacie LeBlanc More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!!! Its exciting and funny. Brian has never disappointed me in writting his books. This is his best and most exciting book yet. I recommend u read this book today.
Lambee5990 More than 1 year ago
This series will go down as one of my favorites of all time. I was a little dissapointed with this book just because it was pretty predictable but still a very good read. I really wish he would write a few redwall books from back in the time some. I would really like a book about the badger lord with the blue stripe, but still no matter what I will love this series!!!
Daija Hill More than 1 year ago
It's kinda sad to know that the writer to all those great stories will never be heard of writing ever again (I wish he had one more back-up book.)
Homeschoolbookreview on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Rogue Crew is the 22nd book in the Redwall Abbey series of fantasy novels by Brian Jacques. The one main objection to these stories that I have heard, even from some homeschoolers, is that they are not specifically ¿Christian¿ fantasy, like the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. At the same time, I would reply that they are definitely NOT ¿anti-Christian¿ fantasy like books of Philip Pulliam, nor even occultic fantasy like Harry Potter, and the fact is that they are definitely representative of a general Biblical worldview, as is clear from a 2003 interview of Jacques by Susan Olasky in World Magazine. Jacques said, ¿In all of my books there is a struggle between the Dark and the Light. Of course, the Light always wins. I try to emphasize the importance of family, of community, of the goals that can be achieved when everyone works together, and at the base of it all is love. `Love thy neighbor¿ is not just a dry sentiment to me, it's quite real. Such simple words, `Love thy neighbors,¿ and yet so hard for a great many people to practice.¿ He went on to say, ¿Children understand at a very young age that some things are bad and some things are good. It's a bad thing to hit your brother or sister over the head; it's a good thing to share, to help your mom and dad. It used to be we learned right from wrong at home and church. But that no longer seems to be the case as much as it was when I was growing up. So I try to paint very clear moral signposts at an age when children need to hear very unambiguous messages. `This is good. That is bad. Period. End of discussion.¿" I especially appreciated the following observations. ¿I was writing to entertain blind children at The Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool, where I live. And the reason I began to write Redwall was because I had volunteered to read to them. The books they gave me to read to the children were dreadful! They were about dysfunctional families, teen-age pregnancies, drug addiction, alcoholism, and deep psychological problems. I hated those books and so did the children. I kept thinking, `Why can't I read to them books that I enjoyed as a kid, full of action, adventure, and derring-do!¿ And I went home and began to write Redwall for them.¿ In The Rogue Crew the hideously evil Razzid Wearat, supposedly a cross between a weasel and a rat, has sailed his ship, the Greenshroud from his home on the southern Isle of Irgash to the Mossflower area in search of new lands to plunder, leaving a wake of death and destruction. His only defeat had been at the hands of the mighty Rogue Crew of sea otters on the High North Coast led by Skor Axehound. After returning to Irgash to recuperate and repair his ship, Razzid and his vermin come back in the Greenshroud, which now has wheels and can glide over land as well as through water, to take revenge on Axehound, attack the badger mountain of Salamandastron, and eventually conquer the peaceful creatures of Redwall Abbey. The Rogue Crew must join with the brave Long Patrol of hares who serve the badger mistress Lady Violet Wildstripe in an attempt to defeat the Wearat with the help of the ever-present Guerilla Union of Shrews in Mossflower (Guosim) under Log-a-Long Dandy Clogs, the Fortunate Freepaws, and even some cave bats. Who will win the battle? Concerning language, besides a few common euphemisms, the euphemistic ¿confounded¿ appears frequently and the term ¿Hellgates¿ is found rather often. But it is a very satisfying read. Unfortunately, it is also the last book of the Redwall series. Brian Jacques died on February 5, 2011. He had finished the book before his death, and it was published posthumously. Thus end the chronicles of Redwall.
Hedgepeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brian Jacques once again delivers a captivating tale of the battle of good versus evil, the values of friendship and loyalty and the importance of all living things. He is able to help the young readers deal with major life events such as the death of a loved one without terrifying the developing adult. His final work may be his critical best. Farewell Great Recorder and thank you for allowing us to visit Redwall in Mossflower country...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I like it
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Not my favorite but ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know someone who has met Brian Jacques, shaen his hand, and got their books signed by him!!!!!!! Isnt that COOL??????