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Mr. Tucket (The Tucket Adventures #1)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,603 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
In 1848, while on a wagon train headed for Oregon, fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and then falls in with a one-armed trapper who teaches him how to live in the wild.
Hardcover, 166 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Turtleback Books (first published February 1st 1994)
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Dec 03, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
C.J. O'B
Mar 03, 2017 C.J. O'B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen is my favorite book group book that I have read this year in 6th grade. The text is filled with descriptive language, action, adventure, and lot's of dialogue. It was a good book for me because I don't love fantasy books, and most of the choices were fantasy, so I chose this western fiction, and I don't regret it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fiction, filled with action, and adventure.
Gabriel D
Mar 06, 2017 Gabriel D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was overall pretty good. I liked the characters journey and how they faced all their conflicts. I recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure/action books.
Kimmo R
Nov 24, 2012 Kimmo R rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
I really liked this book a lot because it had a lot of adventure which I like. This book was always exciting with all sorts of stuff. I would recommend thus book to people that like adventure because thus has plenty of that
Brady H
Mar 03, 2017 Brady H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Tucket was actually a pretty good book.
Finn J
Mar 06, 2017 Finn J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was pretty interesting. it kept me on the edge of my seat. it made me want to read more, and I couldn't put the book down.
Mar 01, 2017 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 13, 2017 Camden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book Mr. Tucket was a good book. I liked it because all the characters were great! I also liked it because I never wanted to put it down. overall it was a great book I recommend it to people who like action and adventure.
Mar 06, 2017 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i liked this book because it has lots of existing parts. Also i liked the time zone that its in. read PLZ.
Barb Middleton
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
“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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. It was very diverse and interesting. I read it twice just for fun!
Kaiden Cosgrove
Feb 14, 2017 Kaiden Cosgrove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 2017 Fiona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book because it had a really interesting pull to it. That means that when ever I got to the meeting I didn't want to pug the book down. I normally never feel like that.
Mar 06, 2017 Evan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. I thought some parts were could've been better though. I normally don't read these kinds of books.
Bea Elwood
Feb 17, 2017 Bea Elwood rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal
This author writes such wonderful stories for young men with exciting adventures to keep everyone 11+ engaged in the story.
Mar 06, 2017 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen because it showed what Mr. Tucket had to face just like anyone that was out in the American west. Mr Tucket had to face many trials the made him Mr. Tucket. I like how Mr. Grimes made Mr. Tucket do things that he wouldn't do on the wagon train that helps him survive out in the open.
Luke. Getman
Jan 29, 2013 Luke. Getman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.


I am reading the book Mr.Tucket by G
Feb 22, 2017 Wyatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 04, 2016 Beau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book.
Peter B
This book by Gary Paulsen is decent. It is exciting, but it doesnt follow the heros journey very well. I recommend this book to anybody who likes exciting books. ...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.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve
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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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