Families: Riding The Waves

Best-selling British children's author Brian Jacques returns to his first passion--the sea

Even before J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, British writer Brian Jacques (pronounced Jakes) was selling millions of 400-page books to spellbound children and parents. His 14-book Redwall series, featuring heroic medieval rabbits and mice battling evil rats, has more than 5 million books in print. Jacques, 61, hosts an animated public television series based on Redwall that begins airing in the U.S. this month, and has a new, eagerly awaited book, Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, which chronicles the stirring adventures of young Ben and Ned, his faithful black Labrador. TIME spent a morning with Jacques as his U.S. book tour began.


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