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Tucket's Travels: Francis Tucket's Adventures in the West, 1847-1849 (Books 1-5)
     

Tucket's Travels: Francis Tucket's Adventures in the West, 1847-1849 (Books 1-5)

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by Gary Paulsen
 

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Fourteen-year-old Francis is heading west in a wagon train on the Oregon Trail when he’s kidnapped by Pawnees. His adventures during the two-year search for his family teach him how to live by the harsh code of the wilderness, and give readers an exciting panoramic vision of the West at a time of settlement and of war with Mexico. Along the way, Francis meets up

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Fourteen-year-old Francis is heading west in a wagon train on the Oregon Trail when he’s kidnapped by Pawnees. His adventures during the two-year search for his family teach him how to live by the harsh code of the wilderness, and give readers an exciting panoramic vision of the West at a time of settlement and of war with Mexico. Along the way, Francis meets up with Mr. Grimes, a one-armed mountain man, and later rescues Lottie and Billy, children abandoned on the prairie. Together the three encounter bandits, soldiers, storms, eccentric travellers, and discover an ancient treasure. But the real treasure lies at the end of the trail—Tucket’s home.


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Publishers Weekly
Tucket's Travels by Gary Paulsen collects all five of Francis Tucket's previously published adventures into one meaty paperback volume: Mr. Tucket; Call Me Francis Tucket; Tucket's Ride; Tucket's Gold; and Tucket's Home. In a starred review of the first of these western adventures, PW called Mr. Tucket "a real knock 'em, sock 'em ripsnorter with a thrill-a-minute plot." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307548436
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/18/2009
Series:
Francis Tucket Series
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
313,444
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books and the winner of numerous awards, including three Newbery Honors and the Golden Spur Award for Best Young Adult Western.


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Tucket's Travels (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this is one of the best books ever written!This book is action packed and has suspense that will leave you at the edge of your seat. I liked this book so much I didn't want to finish the book because I didn't want the adventure to end. Crazy things happen to Tucket and you never know if he will see his family or wagon trail ever again! I will read this book over and over again and it never gets old. Gary Paulson is a great auther. If I were you I would deffinatly read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is called Tucket¿s Travels. It is made up of five books in a series. The author is Gary Paulsen. The books are Mr. Tucket, Call Me Francis Tucket, Tucket¿s Ride, Tucket¿s Gold and Tucket¿s Home. The main character, Francis, is on a wagon train with his parents and his sister. On his fourteenth birthday he gets a rifle. While he falls behind trying out his new gun, he gets kidnaped by Indians that live near by. Francis does get away with the help of the mountain man Mr. Grimes. With Mr. Grimes, Francis learns how to survive in the wild. He learns how to hunt correctly, load and shoot fast and aim better. Later Francis and Mr. Grimes go their separate ways when Mr. Grimes kills Braid, an Indian warrior and Francis disagrees with him taking the scalp off. While traveling west to find his family, Francis finds two abandoned children who¿s father died from water sickness. He takes them with him on his way west. Later Francis kills a man when he hears a women screaming and finds a man attacking her. The man was from the U.S. army. Francis ends up taking the man and the man¿s horse back to the camp and ends up not getting charged for killing the man. Then he is captured again, this time with two children and by much worse Indians, called the Comancheros. Read the book to find out what else happens to Francis and if he escapes the Comancheros and whether he finds his family again. This book was the most exciting book I¿ve read in awhile. There is something happening every minute of the book. I definitely felt like I was in the book because of the action and detail and it was easy to understand what was going on. Gary Paulsen, explained everything in detail, but not so much detail that it would bore you and make you stop reading. The main conflict did interest me it was Francis getting home to his family now in the west. He had to overcome many things and adapt to life in the wild. The characters were very realistic, they were described so you could picture them clearly. The end of the book was definitely satisfying it ended exactly how I wanted it to. The book was mostly in Francis¿s words, but sometimes the author would describe things about Francis or someone else so you could understand what was going on. The words and writing in this book were very easy to understand. There weren¿t very many words that I didn¿t know. Gary Paulsen often left you hanging at the end of the chapters, with cliff hangers which made you want to keep reading the book, so you could find out what happened. Gary Paulsen also used a lot of dialogue, description and tone. He described every new thing that came into the story. There was also a lot of dialogue, some in every scene unless Francis was sneaking up on someone. The story often went from happy and excited to sad and angry and then back to happy. I would give this book a ten out of ten compared to other books I¿ve read. I couldn¿t put the book down and it was very exciting. Most other books are exciting and have action but you can¿t picture clearly what¿s going on. In this book you could clearly see everything going on, like you were there at the time. I would recommend this book to anyone eleven and older. It is easy to read and action filled. Even adults might enjoy it. So if your looking for an exciting book to read or just bored, you should read Tucket¿s Travels. It isn¿t another one of those boring books full of facts or too much detail, it¿s an exciting western story of a boy named Francis. I really truly loved this book and would say that it is in my top ten favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this book was by the same author as hatchet, and i honestly didnt think this was gonna be that great. But this is one of the best series ive ever read. Definately worth the money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NEVER read anything better, besides Gary Paulsen's Newbery Award winning book Hatchet
Charlottte Howard More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tucket¿s Travels is a school¿s library must have! I wished my late elementary school teachers would have introduced me to Francis Tucket. Paulson develops Tucket¿s character well. This book would work well as a part of a history unit J. Hayes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this series in 6th grade. Years later I bought the paperback. I would buy it again just don't see the point having it on paper. This is a great series and a must read for all young people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved these books, especially Mr. Tucket (it was the best!), but my one complaint is that the endings of the first 4 books seems a little bit rushed. But still a great read. Best to be read in a complete volume like this.
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Stacy Rogers More than 1 year ago
This was a great series! My 5th grader had to read Francis Tucket in class so I looked for the book and got the entire series and read it! It is great for boys or girls, however there are a lot of typos in the text. I hate paying for books that have as many typos. I was able to read through them, but I'm not sure I would want my 5th or 3rd grader to.
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