The author of the popular Redwall series died on Saturday in Liverpool at the age of 71. Read this article from The New York Times for more information.
I found out about this news on Monday but it's taken me awhile to get this post up. I'm incredibly sad for his passing. Redwall was a series I read when I was in Elementary and Middle school. The stories were magical and possibly the first 'lengthy' books I had read. They took me away from the stresses of middle school (I hated middle school, it was a horrible experience) and put me into a happier place.
They were always a loved book amongst my friends, something that we all enjoyed whether we were boys or girls. It was a tie that a few of us had, rushing to the library and seeing who could beat out the others to take out the next book. They're perfect for anyone of that age. Anyone who wants a chance to break away and fall into the details of battles and excitement.
For a number of years I've been wanting to reread these books because I honestly have forgotten so much of what they contain. What I do remember is the pleasure they gave me, the escape I was able to take, and for that I'm thankful. For that I have a special place and bond with Mr. Jacques stories.