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. Grimes

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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"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
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440411338
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Series:
Francis Tucket Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
116,328
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. His novel The Haymeadow received the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award. Among his most recent novels are Soldier's Heart and The Transall Saga. He and his wife, the painter Ruth Wright Paulsen, have homes in New Mexico and on the Pacific Ocean.

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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love this book so much!!!! Very interesting i couldnt put it down it was so good recomend it all ages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for 2'nd grade and up. It was so good that I did not want to stop reading it. I have only read a little bit so far but I just want to keep reading it over and over. I was never really into books until I saw Gary Paulsen's books. The cover did not interest me until I started reading the inside. Also there are tons of details. The book starts out as a boy named Francis Tucket who gets a rifle for his birthday but when he was practice shooting it he gets kid napped by Indians. Francis finds that one of the warriors took his gun. Francis needs to try to escape without them finding him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr.Tucket (Francis)is about a kid who gets kidnapped by Indians and after living with them for a while gets rescued by a guy who looks like a mountain man (Mr. Grimes) .Francis and Mr. grime start to head toward Organ because that¿s where his family is. They ride many nits and day and stop and visit Mr. Grime¿s friends. During the river they stay in a valley along a bunch of beaver ponds and they trap beaver, to find out more about this book you can read it. I like how Mr. Tucket and Mr. Grimes are always riding and they don¿t stop for nothing not even food they just plan to stop somewhere and don¿t stop in till they get there. I also like how Mr. Grimes pushes Mr. Tucket as hard as he can to try to turn Mr. Tucket into a man. I don¿t like how when Mr. Grimes is talking to the Indians he had to tell Mr. Tucket what they said and if it has to do with Mr.Tucket he has to tell the Indians what Mr.Tucket said. This book is part of the Tucket series written by Gary Paulsen. Mr.Tucket is the first books in the sires followed by call me Francis Tucket , and then Tucket ride. This book reminds me of westerns. It reminds me of westerns because in the book they always ride on horses and are always wearing fur coats and clothing like in westerns and they go through towns and they are always fighting lie in westerns. Anyone who likes hunting, trapping, riding horses, fighting, and the out doors would like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool book you should tots read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even as a class read i loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yea nobody likes a partypooper so be a butt mr.tucket rocks
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Great book ages 10-14
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Great book
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Awsome
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I loved every sicngle one of these books. They are an easy read and very interesting. I wish there were morr books like these.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Francis Tucket, who is 14, heads west on the Oregon Trail. He is with his family and on a wagon train. While on the trail Francis gets a rifle for his birthday. He is so excited because he is being treated like an adult. When he gets his gun he falls behind to shoot it. It will take wild horses, hostile tribes, and mysterious one armed mountain man named Mr. Grimes to help Francis become the man who will be called Mr. Tucket. That is how he gets his name Mr. Tucket.
Guest More than 1 year ago
mr. tucket is an incredible story it is easy to picture what is happening it is just an breath taking book to read you are always on the egde of your seat
Guest More than 1 year ago
'From now on, he thought, if that man says up is down and day is night, I'll believe him. Anybody who can make a shot like that, timing it to go off at the same time as another rifle, and hit a running antelope at two-no, three hundred yards, can't be wrong.' That was a quote from Mr. Tucket that told of Mr. Grimes,a one-armed mountain man, who shot a running antelope at three hundred yards. This is what happened, Mr Grimes told Francis Tucket to go down a cliff to shoot a antelope, and that's when Francis shot the antelope. Well, that's what Fancis thought he had done, this is what really happened, Francis had missed when he shot at the antelope, but Mr. Grimes, from three hundreds yards away, shot the antelope between the eyes right when Francis shot his rifle. In this book Francis is left behind his wagon train to Oregon while he was practicing with the new rifle he got for his birthday. While he was practicing he got so carried away that he didn't pay attention to the Pawnees that took him prisoner at their camp. While he was there, he was treated like dirt. Every time a Pawnee passed him he was either spit on or kicked. That was until a one-armed mountain man named, Mr. Grimes, showed up and both of them escaped the Pawnee camp.After that Francis and Mr. Grimes go on many exciting adventures, and try to survive dangerous indians, winter, and starvation. I liked this book because it made you want to keep reading and reading. The author, Gary Paulsen, wrote so much suspense in each ending of the chapters that you wanted to find whats next.He also kept the story fresh and not boring by going on and on about the same thing for so long. The best part was that he had a lat of surprises in his book. I would like to reccomend this book to anybody who likes adventure, suspense, and suprises all mixed into one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the greatest book I ever read in my whole life. You can always see a picture in your head about what is going on. I would definitely would recomend this book to readers who like books with adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Mr. Tucket¿ was a super book. it is a very fantastic book that I really enjoyed it is about a boy that gets kidnapped by indians at the beginning of the book from a wagon train that was heading for Oregon. Then a mountain man comes along and saves him from the Indians. Now the mountain man tries to get the boy back to his wagon while being chased by indians. I think this is a great story by Gary Paulsen. This is a great book and I encourage other people to read this book because I know they will enjoy it. $15.95 Author: Gary Paulsen
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes thats right, gary paulson has done it again! In this exiting and intence book that will make you not want to put the thing down. its about a kid francis tucket who was on his way to Orgean with his family. when he went out to try his new gun that he got for his birthday he was captured by Indians. now he must escape and find his way back to Orgean. I highly recomend this book to anyone!