Mr. Tucket (Francis Tucket Series #1)

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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 to help Francis become the man who will be called Mr. Tucket.

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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.

In 1848, while on a wagon train headed for Oregon, fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and then falls in with a one-armed trapper who teaches him how to live in the wild.

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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.
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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: 95,874
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    I love it!!!!!

    I just love this book so much!!!! Very interesting i couldnt put it down it was so good recomend it all ages

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2010

    Great Book!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Read The Whole Series

    I loved every sicngle one of these books. They are an easy read and very interesting. I wish there were morr books like these.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    A great weatern read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

    :( :(

    Even as a class read i loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    That pearson who put poop is dumb

    Yea nobody likes a partypooper so be a butt mr.tucket rocks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Poop

    POOOP

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Shooda stayed w/ Grimes!

    Great book ages 10-14

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Great book

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Awsome

    Awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    Great Adventure of Mr. Tucket

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    awsome book for a 6th grader

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2005

    Mr. Tucket Review

    '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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    Greatest Book I Ever Read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2003

    Tuckets Adventure

    ¿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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2003

    Tucket rocks!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2003

    A Must Summer Read!

    I am a mother of a 12 year old boy, who read this book for a school book report. I try to read the books my children are reading, and neither one of us could put this book down! We were both sorry the book had to end! I have told everyone I know who has a boy (who does not care to read) about Gary Paulson and this book . . . it is a must. I am going to purchase the book to have in our own library and read it this summer with my 9 year old son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2002

    WOAH

    this was such a good book it keeps you on the edge of you imagination all the way through the book this is a must read for any adventurous person. all yotta do is start it and you wont wanna stop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2000

    Good Book

    This book Mr. Tucket was a really good book. I liked this book because it was all about a boy escaping from Indians. While Mr. Tucket tried to escape the Indians he ran across many obstacles. He has to get to the wagon train in time, will he......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 1999

    It is very cool!

    This is a great book for young readers. Its about a boy named Fancis he is kidnapped by some Indians. I think this book is great for poeple who want to know about about the wilderness and how to survive. It has a very sad ending to it. I thought it was great. I hope you like it.

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