Feb 082011

Brian Jacques, the beloved British author of the Redwall series,died of a heart attack over the weekend at age 71.

Hailed as one of “the best children’s authors in the world,”Jacques’ 21 Redwall books were translated into 29 languages and sold 20 million copies worldwide. His novels — despite centering on anthropomorphic woodland critters, such as mice, otters, moles, and squirrels — told epic tales of good triumphing over evil and never spoke down to their young audiences.

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