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Call me Francis Tucket
Paulsen, Gary.
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Publication Information:
New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1996.

Physical Description:
97 pages ; 20 cm
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.
General Note:
"A Yearling book."

Originally published: New York : Delacorte Press, 1995.

Sequel to: Mr. Tucket.
Reading Level:

10 and up.

1050 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.5 3.0 14136.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.5 6 Quiz: 01734 Guided reading level: W.
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Concord Library X Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Young Adult

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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.

Author Notes

Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minnesota. He was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California when he realized he wanted to be a writer. He left his job and spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader. His first book, Special War, was published in 1966. He has written more than 175 books for young adults including Brian's Winter, Winterkill, Harris and Me, Woodsong, Winterdance, The Transall Saga, Soldier's Heart, This Side of Wild, and Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books. Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room are Newbery Honor Books. He was the recipient of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. In this sequel to Mr. Tucket (1969; rereleased 1994), 15-year-old Francis has parted company with one-armed mountain man Jason Grimes and joined a wagon train headed for Oregon. While on a hunting expedition Francis gets caught up in a buffalo stampede, becoming separated from the wagons and hopelessly lost. His troubles are compounded when outlaws steal his horse, gun, and supplies, leaving him with only their abused mule. Down but never out, Francis, using all the survival skills he can muster, rebounds, managing to regain all his possessions (and then some) and save two orphaned children. No one writes better survival fiction than Paulsen, and Francis is a particularly appealing character--savvy enough to defend himself against man and nature, yet still in touch with the innocence of his youth. A fast-paced read for adventure fans, this will also be useful for social studies classes studying the westward movement. (Reviewed July 1995)0385321163Kay Weisman

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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