Mr. Tucket (Francis Tucket Series #1)

Mr. Tucket (Francis Tucket Series #1)

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by Gary Paulsen
     
 

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Fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is heading west on the Oregon Trail with his family by wagon train. When he receives a rifle for his birthday, he is thrilled that he is being treated like an adult. But Francis lags behind to practice shooting and is captured by Pawnees. It will take wild horses, hostile tribes, and a mysterious one-armed mountain man named Mr.… See more details below

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Overview

Fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is heading west on the Oregon Trail with his family by wagon train. When he receives a rifle for his birthday, he is thrilled that he is being treated like an adult. But Francis lags behind to practice shooting and is captured by Pawnees. It will take wild horses, hostile tribes, and a mysterious one-armed mountain man named Mr. Grimes to help Francis become the man who will be called Mr. Tucket.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Dec.)
The ALAN Review - James E. Davis
Paulsen has done it again-a survival story with relentless adventure that involves the reader from the first sentence and never lets up until the last. This time it's about fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket, who, as the story opens, is traveling on a wagon train with his family to Oregon. While practicing shooting with his new birthday rifle, he tarries behind the wagon train and is captured by Pawnees. Although part of a loving, protective family, Francis is tough, fights hard, and regularly tries to escape, but is unable to until he is helped by Mr. Jason Grimes, a one-armed trapper and mountain man who sells gunpowder to the Pawnees. Under the tough tutelage of Grimes, Francis grows up fast, becoming worthy of the name Mr. Tucket. Concentrated action, two unforgettable characters, sparse style, and a complicated mentor relationship should keep this book around a long time.
Janice Del Negro
Francis Tucket is 14 years old when he strays from his family's wagon on the Oregon Trail and is captured by the Pawnee. With the help of Mr. Grimes, a one-armed trapper who maintains an uneasy truce with the Pawnee by trading them guns and ammunition, Francis escapes and spends a winter learning to survive by living off the land. The boy's admiration and respect for Mr. Grimes causes him to question his role in "civilized" society and delays his return to his family. Francis' image of Mr. Grimes is altered forever, however, when Grimes takes revenge on an old enemy with what Francis sees as unnecessary savagery. Paulsen nods in the direction of responsibility in his depiction of Native American peoples, and he gives us a fast plot and sufficient character development. Unfortunately, he wraps everything up in the final two and one-half pages, resulting in an abrupt "surprise" ending that is ultimately unsatisfying.
From the Publisher
"A real knock 'em, sock 'em ripsnorter...Superb characterizations, splendidly evoked setting, and thrill-a-minute plot make this book a joy to gallop through." --Publishers Weekly, Starred

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375806803
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/09/2000
Series:
Francis Tucket Series, #1
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.79(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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