Call Me Francis Tucket by Gary Paulsen
(The Francis Tucket Books)

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Francis Tucket now feels more confident that he can handle just about anything. A year ago, on the wagon train, he was kidnapped from his family by a Pawnee hunting party. Then he escaped with the help of the mountain man Mr. Grimes. Now that he and Mr. Grimes have parted ways, Francis is heading west on his Indian pony, crossing the endless prairie, trying to find his family.

After a year with Mr. Grimes, Francis has learned to live by the harsh code of the wilderness. He can cause a stampede, survive his own mistakes, and face up to desperadoes. But when he rescues a little girl and her younger brother, Francis takes on more than he bargained for. All of a sudden he's in charge of Lottie and Billy, a family of his own.

Fast-paced and exciting, Calling Me Francis Tucket continues the journey begun in Mr. Tucket, taking readers deeper into the American West, and deeper into Francis's changing knowledge of what it takes to survive on a new frontier.


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About Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books and the winner of numerous awards, including three Newbery Honors and the Golden Spur Award for Best Young Adult Western.
 
Published August 31, 2011 by Yearling. 116 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Westerns. Fiction

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But if Call Me Francis Tucket is unsatisfying on its own, like good serial fiction, it will make readers eager to find out what happens next, and hope a third book is in the offing.

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Paulsen stumbles only once, in characterizing one of the children as a garrulous girl who has ``a place in me full of words and when I open the door to that place they just start coming...'' Elsewhere, he weaves in a wealth of information about pioneer travel, adding historical value to this hear...

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In a starred review of this follow-up to Mr. Tucket, PW said that Paulsen ""weaves in a wealth of information about pioneer travel, adding historical value to this heart-stopping good read."" Ages 10-up.

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