Call Me Francis Tucket (Francis Tucket Series #2)

Call Me Francis Tucket (Francis Tucket Series #2)

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by Gary Paulsen
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This story is high on adventure as 15-year-old Francis attempts to locate his own family after being kidnapped by the Pawnees, detailed in Tucket, the first book. Escaping from the Pawnees and leaving the one-armed trapper who had helped him, Francis gets lost, escapes from desperadoes, finds a friendly mule, and rescues 2 children. The change in Francis when he meets the children provides insight into his true nature. He knows he's not ready for responsibility but having a family is comforting. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In this spirited sequel to Mr. Tuckett (Delacorte, 1994), Paulsen recounts the continuing frontier adventures of Francis Tuckett, 15. Heading west by wagon train with his family a year before, Francis had been captured by the Pawnees and rescued by a savvy, one-armed mountain man. Now on his own, he is determined to return to civilization. Armed with a rifle and knowledge of the wilderness, he hunts deer and buffalo, survives a stampede, and outwits a pair of outlaws. When an abandoned wagon reveals two orphans, he takes charge, taking the children to a trading post and hesitantly leaving them with the cold, calculating owner. Traveling 10 miles, the young man is haunted by his own loss of family and returns to find Lottie and Billy beaten and burdened with chores. With fierce determination, he reclaims them and together they continue their westward journey. Francis is an understated, appealing character. His remarkable independence, resourcefulness, and perseverance are tempered by bouts of adolescent insecurity and an emotional need for family. Sharply etched characters, vivid scenery, and dramatic encounters make this book an entertaining read for young adventurers.-Gerry Larson, Neal Middle School, Durham, NC
Kay Weisman
In this sequel to "Mr. Tucket" (1969; rereleased 1994), 15-year-old Francis has parted company with one-armed mountain man Jason Grimes and joined a wagon train headed for Oregon. While on a hunting expedition Francis gets caught up in a buffalo stampede, becoming separated from the wagons and hopelessly lost. His troubles are compounded when outlaws steal his horse, gun, and supplies, leaving him with only their abused mule. Down but never out, Francis, using all the survival skills he can muster, rebounds, managing to regain all his possessions (and then some) and save two orphaned children. No one writes better survival fiction than Paulsen, and Francis is a particularly appealing character--savvy enough to defend himself against man and nature, yet still in touch with the innocence of his youth. A fast-paced read for adventure fans, this will also be useful for social studies classes studying the westward movement.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307804174
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/31/2011
Series:
Francis Tucket Series , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
313,946
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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