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Call Me Francis Tucket (The Francis Tucket Books) [Paperback]

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Pages   97
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.67" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 7, 1996
Publisher   Yearling
Age  9-12
ISBN  0440412706  
EAN  9780440412700  

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Having separated from the one-armed trapper who taught him how to survive in the wilderness of the Old West, fifteen-year-old Francis gets lost and continues to have adventures involving dangerous men and a friendly mule

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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 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.
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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Gary Paulsen Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

Born May 17, 1939, Gary Paulsen is one of America's most popular writers for young people. Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read — along with his own library card — he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure. A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor; and two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod; have provided ample material from which he creates his powerful stories.

Paulsen's realization that he would become a writer came suddenly when he was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California. One night he walked off the job, never to return. He spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader, working on his own writing every night. Then he left California and drove to northern Minnesota where he rented a cabin on a lake; by the end of the winter, he had completed his first novel.

Living in the remote Minnesota woods, Paulsen eventually turned to the sport of dog racing, and entered the 1983 Iditarod. In 1985, after running the Iditarod for the second time, he suffered an attack of angina and was forced to give up his dogs. "I started to focus on writing the same energies and efforts that I was using with dogs. So we're talking 18-, 19-, 20-hour days completely committed to work. Totally, viciously, obsessively committed to work, the way I'd run dogs....I still work that way, completely, all the time. I just work. I don't drink, I don't fool around, I'm just this way....The end result is there's a lot of books out there."

It is Paulsen's overwhelming belief in young people that drives him to write. His intense desire to tap deeply into the human spirit and to encourage readers to observe and care about the world around them has brought him both enormous popularity with young people and critical acclaim from the children's book community. Paulsen is a master storyteller who has written more than 175 books and some 200 articles and short stories for children and adults. He is one of the most important writers of young adult literature today and three of his novels — Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room — were Newbery Honor Books. His books frequently appear on the best books lists of the American Library Association.

Paulsen has received many letters from readers (as many as 200 a day) telling him they felt Brian Robeson's story in Hatchet was left unfinished by his early rescue, before the winter came and made things really tough. They wanted to know what would happen if Brian were not rescued, if he had to survive in the winter. Paulsen says, "Since my life has been one of survival in winter — running two Iditarods, hunting and trapping as a boy and young man — the challenge became interesting, and so I researched and wrote Brian's Winter, showing what could and perhaps would have happened had Brian not been rescued."

Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between a home in New Mexico and a boat in the Pacific.

Gary Paulsen currently resides in the state of New Mexico.

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The best book ever.  Jan 13, 2007
Call Me Francis Tucket
The book is about a small boy named Francis Tucket. Francis stays back a 100 yards to shoot his rifle. But then he gets kidnapped by Pawnne hunters and they take him back to their tribe. He gets rescued by a guy named Jason Grimes and Francis stays with him for a year. But then they parted ways and Francis was all lone again on the parie. He stumbled upon a heard of buffalo. He shoots a cow but the buffalo did not like the loud noise of the gun firing. Francis gets caught in mass mayhem with a stampeding heard of buffalo. When the heard stops, Francis shoots another buffalo at forty yards. This time he gets to skin it when he is ready to go to sleep. In the morning he wakes up to the sound of people talking to each other. When he wakes up there is a person in front of him and he was talking to someone.
I think that the theme is life out west. Life in the west can be very hard when you get left behind by your wagon train and get kidnapped by Pawnee hunters. When you haven't eaten for 2 days and cant find anything to eat, you might starve to death.
My opinion on the book is that when you find two small children, take them with you and take care of them. Also, try to find were there wagon train went and where their pa went like Francis did.
Great and exciting   Dec 8, 2006
i really enjoyed reading this book. i wasn't wanting to at first but a id in my class took the book i wanted to read for his book report. I feel lucky thought because I realized that he hated his book and the chapters were long. Even if this reveiw isnt very good i hope you please reas this book its great!
The Wild West  Nov 17, 2005
This book is wonderful. Francis goes to kill a buffalo for the wagon train and gets carried away in the stampede. Then Dubs and Courtweiler steal all of Francis' stuff,so Francis goes and gets it back. When Francis heads north to hopefully catch the wagon train he meets two children,Billy and Lottie. He then heads northwest with the children to someday meet up with the wagon train.
The Wild West  Nov 17, 2005
This book is wonderful.This story takes place in the wild west. Francis goes to kill a buffalo for the wagon train and gets carried away in the stampede. Then Dubs and Courtweiler steal all of Francis' stuff,so Francis goes and gets it back. When Francis heads north to hopefully catch the wagon train he meets two children,Billy and Lottie. He then heads northwest with the children to someday meet up with the wagon train.
Call Me Francis Tucket  Feb 15, 2005
Call Me Francis Tucket
By: Gary Paulsen

The book I read was titled Call Me Francis Tucket. The author is Gary Paulsen. This book is a sequel to the story Mr. Tucket where Francis Tucket is captured by a group of Pawnee Indians on the Oregon Trail on his way out west. In this sequel Francis is surviving with a man named Mr. Grimes. Mr. Grimes is a man who rescues Francis from the Pawnees in this story. Mr. Grimes has been with Francis for a long time and teaches Francis lots of survival skills until something comes up and Mr. Grimes has to take care of some business. There are tons of events that happen in this story and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This book made me sad and made me laugh. This was a great book and I encourage anyone who wants to know more about what the west was like and for people who are interested in survival stories.

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