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Mr. Tucket (The Tucket Adventures #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,571 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
It is 1848 and 14-year-old Francis Tucket is heading west on the Oregon Trail. When he lags behind to practice shooting his new rifle, he is captured by Pawnees. It will take wild horses, hostile tribes, and a mysterious one-armed man to help Francis come of age and survive the gritty frontier.
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 9th 2000 by Yearling (first published February 1st 1994)
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Dec 03, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it

I read this book aloud to my four boys. It's a great boy book. It's a Western and Indians and hunting and heros of the west and horses and just a total boy book. But even from this mama perspective, it was a fun read.

Until the end.

We had some snow days and were really making it through this book so one evening I told the boys we had just about twenty pages left and we could make it through it before bed.

In the end, a family is massacred, the hero man takes a scalp (although they do
Kimmo R
Nov 24, 2012 Kimmo R rated it it was ok
Critical Analysis
In Mr.tucket by gary paulsen francis tucket wants to find his parents in Oregon but he doesn't know how to survive in the wild so he gets help and finds his way to Oregon. the characters in the book are influenced/challenged by the setting in several ways. First, Mr.Tucket had to walk many miles in a muddy creek. “I walked in neck deep water for miles.” (31) Mr.Tucket had been lying to Mr.Grimes when he asked him if he knew how to ride a horse he had said yes but he didn't actu
Barb Middleton
Sep 24, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it
Here's a humdinger of a present. Fourteen-year-old Francis gets a rifle for his birthday as his family heads west on a wagon train to Oregon. Can you imagine good ole dad giving you a rifle? Things were a bit different as the western frontier grew in the United States. Wherever I work as a librarian Taiwan or Spain or the plains of North Dakota, students of all ages are fascinated by weapons. Shucks, I am too. I remember wanting to see what it would be like to shoot a rifle so I signed my ...more
711Isabel B
Feb 01, 2011 711Isabel B rated it liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade
I found MR. TUCKET an intriguing book, though I think that the characters could have been developed a bit better.

I think that the book focuses around two main (and interconnected) ideas. I think that the two ideas both have to do with people's relationships. I think that the relationship between Mr. Tucket and Mr. Grimes is an important one. Also, I believe that the relationship between the the white people and the Native Americans is an important relationship that the author chose to pursue.

Addison Bellavance
Aug 29, 2013 Addison Bellavance rated it it was amazing
In 1848, a 14-year-old boy is captured from an Oregon-bound wagon train by Pawnee Indians and saved by one-armed mountain man Mr. Grimes. Paulsen ( Hatchet ) throws in enough ridin', wrasslin' and shootin' (along with plenty of dead bodies, white and Indian) to satiate the most action-loving reader. But his book is more than an impeccably detailed homage to the Saturday-afternoon horse opera. Although Braid, a Pawnee warrior, is without question the bad guy here, Paulsen makes it clear that, by ...more
Oct 28, 2013 Melinda rated it liked it
My son's reading group in school was halfway through this one when I moderated the group, and after completing a few chapters with them, I was eager to discover more about Francis Tucket and Jason Grimes, so I finished it that evening. This series would be ideal for fourth-fifth grade boys, ample excitement, suspenseful adventure, and a forthright fourteen year old boy who encounters unfamiliar people, places and situations. The chapters provided copious topics for discussion and the boys were a ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Tehvv20 added it
Shelves: june
Mr. Tucket rifles through your imagination!

This was a good book but not the best it was just good because there was nothing that jumped out and got me really interested it was about a Fourteen-year-old named Francis Tucket he was heading west on the Oregon Trail (an old train route) with his family by wagon train. When he receives a rifle for his birthday, he is so happy that he is not being treated like a baby. But Francis falls behind to practice shooting and is caught by Pawnees (a native Ame
Jan 17, 2013 Justin rated it really liked it
“Mr. Tucket” is about a boy named Francis Tucket; He is riding the wagon train west to Oregon. Francis receives a new gun for his birthday and falls behind the wagon train to practice shooting it. While practicing, Francis was captured by the Pawnee Indians and taken away from his family and the rest of the wagon train. Francis was a prisoner of the Pawnee tribe, but with the help of a mysterious mountain man, he was able to escape and venture on to find his family. I personally like this book, ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Billymeyer rated it really liked it
Mr. Tucket, is about Francis Tucket who is in a wagon train bound for Oregon. He falls behind the train to practice shooting his new gun, and is captured by a group of Indians. With the help of Jason Grimes. Jason Grimes is a one armed mountain man. Grimes’ escapes the savages and learns the way of the mountains. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys old western books because it is a very good description on how it use to be in the west. The reason being, that it’s got all of the el ...more
Oct 29, 2014 NK rated it really liked it
I think that the book was great because Mr.Grimes taught Francis how to survive and hunt in the wild. I also liked the adventure where the Indians tried to captured Francis and Mr.Grimes.
Nov 16, 2012 Kaits rated it really liked it
I really like this series. It was very diverse and interesting. I read it twice just for fun!
Jan 27, 2017 Dylan rated it really liked it
This is a story about Francis Alphonse Tucket who is moving to Oregon on a wagon train, but when Mr. Tucket gets a rifle for his birthday he falls behind the wagon from shooting his rifle. He gets captured by Pawnee indians and is a slave for an old Pawnee woman. One day a mountain man comes into the village and sees Mr. Tucket, Mr. Grimes save him and they run away. I liked how the book’s plot kept changing and you didn’t know what was going to happen next. I gave it four out of five stars beca ...more
Kaiden Cosgrove
Feb 14, 2017 Kaiden Cosgrove rated it it was amazing
Mr. Tucket was a book based around the Oregon trail were he is captured from his family and forced to live with Indians. Then he is saved by the moutian man and taught how to survive and what real life is.
Carrie Garza
Jan 20, 2017 Carrie Garza rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a young boy kidknapped by Pawnee Indians while traveling y wagon train to Oregon. He is rescued from the Indian village by a mountain man. He learns many things and has many adventures
Bea Elwood
Feb 17, 2017 Bea Elwood rated it it was ok
Shelves: sixth-grade
I found it hard to read the descriptions of the First Nations, might be useful in a discussion on perspective and misconceptions of people who are different then us...
Jan 16, 2017 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal
This author writes such wonderful stories for young men with exciting adventures to keep everyone 11+ engaged in the story.
Book Dragon
Jan 05, 2017 Book Dragon rated it it was amazing
Paulsen does it again! This is another wonderful adventure series about a boy on his own. Girls will like this book too.
Luke. Getman
Jan 29, 2013 Luke. Getman rated it it was amazing
Theme post
I think the theme in this book is: "Don't give up when times get tough". I think this because the main character, Francis, gets captured by Indians and even though there's no easy way to escape... he still keeps his hopes up and keeps on trying. As it turns out, he escapes with help from a mysterious man, named Mr.Grimes, who visits the tribe.


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Oct 04, 2016 Beau rated it it was amazing
Amazing book.
Jul 21, 2009 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Pros: A good read with depth. Great for any age - young or old.
Cons: It is short.

I never thought that I would be saying this about a historical friction. It's so good that I wish I owned all the books.

The particular Book that I am talking about is Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen. But really, the fact is, I used to hate history class. And this guy got me to be sucked into a story that involves history. It didn't seem possible to me before my oldest sister challenged me to read it. And now I can't help
Dec 23, 2016 Sydney added it
Good Clean Western for Kids.
I had a major interest in Manifest Destiny, the Oregon Trail, the western frontier, etc. when I was a kid (I still do, but I find it hard to find good adult ones... anyone have any recommendations?). This series stands out as one of my favorite quick reads as a child. I found it long forgotten shoved on the downstairs shelf while I was cleaning and feeling drained from the holidays and not up to reading something that would take me more than an hour, I started reading it. Honestly, I enjoyed it ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

On his fourteenth birthday in 1848, while traveling the Oregon Trail, Francis Tucket receives his very first rifle as a gift from his father. While trying the rifle out for the first time, he is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and subsequently rescued by a sly and shrewd one-armed man named Mr. Grimes. Mr. Grimes gives Francis the name of Mr. Tucket and takes him under his wing to show him how to survive in the wilds of the West.

Like most of Gary
Patrice Sartor
GENRE: Fiction, adventure, western, historical fiction elements.

SUMMARY: It's 1848, and Francis just celebrated his fourteenth birthday. He was part of a wagon train headed to Oregon, and thought he would spend some time shooting his new rifle. Next thing Francis knows, he's been kidnapped by some Pawnee Indians, and one of the elderly Indian women acts like he is her son. He sees his chance to escape weeks later, when a one-armed beaver trapper (Mr. Grimes) rides into camp to trade some supplie
Geno Savini
Nov 30, 2011 Geno Savini rated it really liked it
When I started to read this book i thought it was going to be some old western with good guys trying to kill the bad guys but it wasn't, it was about how a teenager who got this marvelous present and didn't obey when he had to be back to the wagons and paid the consequences. My favorite part of the book was when Mr. Tucket was sneaking up on the antelope and when he didn't expect then there he stood up and there they were. My favorite character is the Mountain Man because he knows how the land w ...more
Joe Atkins
Oct 30, 2013 Joe Atkins rated it really liked it
My book was “Mr. Tucket” by Gary Paulsen. It can be purchased in the U.S. for $7.99 before tax. This book was 166 pages of fiction about a teenage boy in the 1800’s named Francis Tucket who is traveling with his family west on the Oregon Trail and is kidnapped by Indians. He is taken back to the Indian camp and held as a prisoner, where he meets a one-armed man named Mr. Grimes who is a good friend of the Indians. Mr. Grimes convinces the Indians to let Francis go in exchange for supplies. Mr. G ...more
May 15, 2012 Zach added it
Choice Book Review
In general what the book is about is a teenager named Samuel and he is living in the era of the revolutionary war. His parents are taken from their house and he goes on an adventure to find them. The Author’s purpose in writing this book was to show how once you have something you never really know until it’s gone.
At the beginning Samuel went hunting in the woods and saw smoke coming from the direction of his home. He ran to investigate and found his house burned down and de
Sep 15, 2016 Trystan is currently reading it
I think Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen is a great book written by one of my favorite authors. I would definitely have to give it 4 out of 5 stars. It has a ton of cool and intense things going on in the book which makes it very interesting to read, but it’s not too crazy to the point where you have no clue what is even going on. It's placed around the early to mid 1800s where big groups of people travel in wagons across the country. It's about a boy who gets separated from his family and becomes tra ...more
Sep 09, 2016 Victoria rated it really liked it
Good book about a 14 yo boy who is traveling West with his family on a wagon train, and ends up getting kidnapped by Indians. He escapes and makes friends with a mountain man who takes care of him until he can get back to his family. I read the book aloud to my kids, and my 13yo son really enjoyed it.
Bailey Wavrunek
Apr 11, 2016 Bailey Wavrunek rated it really liked it
Francis Tucket is a 14 year old boy heading west on the Oregon Trail in 1848. For his birthday he received a new hunting rifle. He decides that he is going to stay behind and practice shooting it some. When he stays behind, he is captured by an Indian tribe called the Pawnees. While he is with the Pawnees, he is rescued by a one-armed man named Mr. Grimes. Mr. Grimes is a mountain man who can shoot like no other. Even with one arm, he can get more shots off then two guys with both of their arms. ...more
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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.

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“This is going to be murder," Fransic whispered to Mr. Trimes. "Pure murder."
"I'm glad to see your confidence returning, Mr. Tucket. Just a few minutes ago you were ready to give up. Now you're talking about killing him."
"I meant it the other way."
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