Brian Jacques passed away yesterday from a heart attack at 71 years old. He is the author of the Redwall series. His books focused on adventures with rats! He had 21 novels in the series that sold millions worldwide. He was a former merchant sailor who used his experience to create his novels. His novels were also translated into a t.v. series and, surprisingly, opera! Some critics compared his books to JRR Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings and Watership Down by Richard Adams. Interesting fact about Brian Jacques - He was caned (back when teachers did that) by a teacher who could not believe that a 10-year-old could write so well when he penned a short story about a bird who cleaned a crocodile's teeth!