Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen
(The Francis Tucket Books)

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Fourteen-year-old Francis is heading west in a wagon train on the Oregon Trail when he’s kidnapped by Pawnees. His adventures during the two-year search for his family teach him how to live by the harsh code of the wilderness, and give readers an exciting panoramic vision of the West at a time of settlement and of war with Mexico. Along the way, Francis meets up with Mr. Grimes, a one-armed mountain man, and later rescues Lottie and Billy, children abandoned on the prairie. Together the three encounter bandits, soldiers, storms, eccentric travellers, and discover an ancient treasure. But the real treasure lies at the end of the trail—Tucket’s home.


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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 December 24, 2008 by Yearling. 114 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Westerns, History. Fiction

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Separated from his family and the Oregon-bound wagon train, fourteen-year-old Francis Alphonse Tucker is captured by brutish Indians, then helped to escape and in effect apprenticed by laconic trapper Jason Grimes (who can't stomach Francis or Alphonse and therefore calls him Mr. Tucker).

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Another entry in the ongoing saga of young Francis Tucket (Call Me Francis Tucket, 1995, etc.) and his adventures after being separated from his parents' wagon train.

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Tucket's Travels by Gary Paulsen collects all five of Francis Tucket's previously published adventures into one meaty paperback volume: Mr. Tucket; Call Me Francis Tucket; Tucket's Ride; Tucket's G

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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, PW called this western adventure ``a real knock 'em, sock 'em ripsnorter'' with a ``thrill-a-minute plot.'' Ages 10-up.

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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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Although Braid, a Pawnee warrior, is without question the bad guy here, Paulsen makes it clear that, by settling on the Indians' land, even the most peaceable white farmers--such as protagonist Francis Alphonse Tucket's family--disqualify themselves as good guys.

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Tucket's Travels by Gary Paulsen collects all five of Francis Tucket's previously published adventures into one meaty paperback volume: Mr. Tucket;

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The third book in the series that began with Mr. Tucket finds Francis and his adopted family on the Oregon Trail and in the Mexican War.

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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, PW called this western adventure ``a real knock 'em, sock 'em ripsnorter'' with a ``thrill-a-minute plot.'' Ages 10-up.

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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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Although Braid, a Pawnee warrior, is without question the bad guy here, Paulsen makes it clear that, by settling on the Indians' land, even the most peaceable white farmers--such as protagonist Francis Alphonse Tucket's family--disqualify themselves as good guys.

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The third book in the series that began with Mr. Tucket finds Francis and his adopted family on the Oregon Trail and in the Mexican War.

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Tucket's Travels by Gary Paulsen collects all five of Francis Tucket's previously published adventures into one meaty paperback volume: Mr. Tucket;

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