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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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Alone. Francis Tucket now feels more confident that he can handle almost 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


Alone. Francis Tucket now feels more confident that he can handle almost 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.

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

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Random House Children's Books
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Francis Tucket Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor book: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. His novel The Haymeadow received the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award. His newest Delacorte Press books are Nightjohn, Mr. Tucket, and Father Water, Mother Woods: in the North Woods. He and his wife have homes in New Mexico and on Pacific.

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Call Me Francis Tucket (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do you like reading about the outdoors? Well if so, this is the book for you! “Call Me Francis Tucket” is about a boy in his mid-teens who is kidnapped by Indians in the west desert, but escapes by the help of a man named Jason Grimes, a mid-aged man who was also kidnapped by Indians. The two travel together for a few years but decide to go their separate ways. Francis is trying to find the wagon train that his family is on, but is not yet successful. While Francis is sleeping one night he is awakened by two men trying to rob him of all his belongings. But Francis isn’t ready to give up yet. He goes and follows the men and while they are sleeping he robs them to get his stuff back. He makes a so-called friend but not the kind you are probably thinking of. During his long travels he discovers more of a normal friend, but it’s not only one but two children. Their father has been struck by cholera and has left them and died alone. Francis takes the children with him but doesn’t think he can take care of both of them. He finally spots some tracks and sees a wagon train. He catches up with them to give them the children but when they find out their father had cholera, they won’t take them. He keeps trying to find someone and finally does. It is not the best place, but decides to leave them there with the couple. After he goes a way he stops and thinks about what he did. Read the rest of the story to find out what Francis does next. The setting in this story is the west in the desert. I would recommend this book to teen readers who like older stories about adventure in the desert. One adventure was when Francis found the children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was moved with sadness when Francis leaves the safety of MY hero Mr.Grimes.But the courage he shows is overwhelming.He shows no fear and hes all heart when it comes to Lottie and Billy.The Tucket Adventures are great books. I intend to read them all.I just cant seem to stop reading books by Gary Paulsen. He is a great writer.Keep up the GOOD WORK Gary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the mule!!! XD
Maranna More than 1 year ago
A 14 year old boy named Francis Tucket was kidnapped by a tribe of Pawnees'. Then a old one-armed trapper Mr.Grimes helps him escape. After a year, Francis decides to leave in search of his family. When he is out there on the endless prarie it gets very cold. So he uses the knowledge that Mr.Grimes has given him. Later on, he ends up saving two kids. For him it might be a little to much, since he hasn't had much of a family. Then he finds and keeps a very friendly donkey. During his "family situation" he has to fend of desperadoes. Durning this he gets lost and can't find his way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Francis Must Survive alone. He Must Get To The Wagon Party. He must do this by his self OR so he Thought. You Must Read 'Call Me Francis Tucket' The action Packed story of a 15 year old Boy Surviving the Cruel world of 1848. He must survinve Indians, Hunger, theifs,and Stampedes
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis was a good book, although it got kinda dry at some points.