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The Transall Saga

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,774 Ratings  ·  310 Reviews
Mark's solo camping trip in the desert turns into a terrifying and thrilling odyssey when a mysterious beam of light transports him to another time on what appears to be another planet. As Mark searches for a pathway back to his own time on Earth, he must make a new life in a new world. His encounters with primitive tribes bring the joy of human bonds, but violence and war ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 12th 1999 by Laurel Leaf (first published May 11th 1998)
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Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kim by: 12 year old son
Shelves: youngreader, fantasy
I was pretty impressed by this book. Considering that there were little to no books like this when I was young, my son has a wealth of books from which to choose. When I compare what was available to me 35-40 years ago to this book, I can't help but be impressed. Yes, the story can be a bit contrived at times, but it keeps you on your toes and keeps you wanting to know what happened. For a young-reader book, this one really delivers.
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Andrew by: Just saw it on a shelf
Shelves: gary-paulsen
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Shane M
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What if life as you know it just vanished in the blink of an eye? All of your friends and family just gone. This books genre is fiction.
I think this was a really good book because it talks about adjusting to life in another world and trying to survive with nothing.

The setting of my book is Earth in the beginning, and a different planet the rest of the book. This is very important to the story because it is all about Mark trying to survive in a place with jungles, people that look so, futuristi
I really enjoyed this book -- but then, I've really enjoyed all the books by Gary Paulsen that I've read, be it as a kid/teenager or adult. It was quick and easy, but interesting and not completely predictable. I do agree with some of the other reviewers that it can be a bit contrived at times -- but another way of looking at it is that Mark just had an insane amount of good luck over all (kind of like Brian in Hatchet, when you think about it, actually). Even when Mark got hurt, luck was still ...more
Frankie Navarro
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
may contain spoilers viewers descrition is advised ;) Transal saga The story begins with Mark Harrison a 13 year old kid, when he is hiking through the mountainous Magruder Missile Range ( a militarized zone) when he is struck by a mysterious blue beam of light. He wakes up in a strange world that he believes is an alien world :0 with things that are like Earth. He uses his survival skills to live on this mysterious place and, while exploring the forest he discovers a camp with a group of human ...more
Kevin Gusdorf
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the best books I have ever read. The plot was so interesting and cool. I loved the ending... And the way the author writes is just amazing. It was very fun to read and it just kept me engaged the whole time. I recommend this book for everyone!!
Michael M
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really did enjoy this book and I think people who really like adventures and something that is always happening in the book and nothing's boring. READ THIS BOOK!
Seth Warner
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I remember loving this book in 7th grade. Probably worth a re-read.
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really didn't think I was going to like this book but I was outrageously surprised. The ending to this story was so beautiful. In the hope the end gives, it's also quite sad. I don't want to give anything away, but if you even remotely like science fiction you should read it. The sci-fi aspect is very watered down. It's more of a survival story with a dash of science fiction and a small portion of romance.

The more I reflect on it, the more I just loved this story. Despite having read it 10+ y
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Even though Gary Paulsen isn't known for his science fiction, this is definitely a master work of the genre. I think this is one of the earliest pieces of science fiction I read and it set the bar pretty high for everything else. The characters, the setting, the suspenseful plot, it all made this book impossible to put down. Strangely, looking back I think of this as similar to the first Marvel Thor movie in some respects. I know that's a strange parallel to draw, but I think, if you read this, ...more
Trent Zirker
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Sparker 87
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was an amazing book. it had great detail and really exciting.i finished the day i started reading it. i love all books and you can send me some books you think are good at put you e-mail addres and ill try to find it and read it and ill see if i like it
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
event thought this book is for the young adult sector, Icouldn't put it down. Really enjoyed the book.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Transall Saga is a fantasy book about a boy named Mark Harrison who is just a 13-year-old boy. One of his hobbies that he loves hiking and learning about survival techniques. One day, as he is hiking through the Magruder Missile Range, he is attacked by a snake, causing him to fall into a strange light, and then being transported into a new and unfamiliar world that is somewhat similar to Earth. He then has to try and survive in this world and try and find a way back home. Some things I didn ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Gary Paulsen, you will probably like this book as a sci-fi version of Hatchet. If you're a sci-fi fan, you probably won't care for this. While camping in the desert, thirteen-year-old Mark stumbles into a blue light that transports him into a place that seems just enough like Earth that he can use his recently acquired survival skills to stay alive while trying to find the mysterious blue light and return home. I read this because I'd recently seen a quote where Gary Paulsen said he ...more
Sarah Habibi
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a kid and for whatever reason it popped back into my mind today, at the age of 26. I remember being wrapped up in the world Paulsen created and how engaging the writing was to 10 year old me (possibly even younger me). From the striking images of the alien world we us readers found ourselves in to the adventure that Mark found himself on. Definitely a must read for kids of all ages (to be honest) who enjoy science fiction and adventures.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this again for nostalgic value. This was one of my favorite "boy survives in the wild/becomes a man" books from my youth. It is definitely not as good as I remember, but all the same it's not really intended for older people. This is probably my 5th time reading it, but I doubt I do it again.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the transall saga. It helped me really imagine the book, and the wording was perfectly described with all the character.
Gwen Banks
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story concept itself was great, but the writing was lacking. It was difficult to plow through. The other summer reading the kids are doing is Holes and I found that much better written.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely aimed towards upper elementary/middle-school aged kids, but I really enjoyed it.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love Gary Paulsen. Love sci fi. LOVE THIS.
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When a 13 year old boy named Mark Harrison adventures out into a desert alone he is teleported into another world from a strange blue light. In this world everything looks different; Red grass, strange tasting rain, & strange looking creatures where one of them looks like it's a mix of one animal with another. Mark believes he is on another planet.
I adored The Transall Saga. When I first started reading this book it had caught my attention in the first 6 chapters, and I had already loved it.
Niels Louwes
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
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i read this way back in elementary school (I think this was published in 1999) after picking it out from a bookshelf in my classroom. flash forward more than a decade later: The book has long been forgotten. I am washing dishes past midnight when something flickers in my brain. A book cover with a beam of light. A kid who has to survive on another planet. Or was it earth all along? I think I remember him finding a coke bottle but maybe I'm confusing this with Planet of the Apes or something. The ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I didn't like this book as much as other Gary Paulsen books. It had an intriguing plot, but I don't feel the characters were as interesting or as well developed as I would have liked them to be.
Jackson B
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I chose this book because I had started it in third or fourth grade and I liked it but I couldn't comprehend it. I really like this book because it was kind of like planet of the apes but it was better and more kid-like. My favorite part was when he blew up the bad guys city inside of a volcano. My least favorite part was when he fell out of the tree and when he got shot with an arrow. I also liked how he partnered up with a gang of thugs and thieves. I liked how the book went through so much ti ...more
Mariah Sherer
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you were camping alone in the desert as a thirteen year old, when a beam of light transported you to somewhere that you couldn’t recognize? This is what Mark is faced when he convinced his parents to let him go camping alone in Gary Paulson’s The Transall Saga. Once he arrives at this strange planet he struggles for survival. As time passes he learns how to make the best of his environment, and then he discovers other people. He interacts with several different tribes of peo ...more
Matt W
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Harsha R
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A few days ago, I finished The Transall Saga by Gary Pualsen. I think that it is a great book and everyone should try it.

The Transall Saga is about a 13 year old boy called Mark Harrison. One day, when he is going hiking through the Magruder Missile Range (an army base),he gets struck by a mysterious stream of blue light. He wakes up in what he thinks is a new planet and survives by eating a rock-like fruit. After hiking for a few days, he finds a small town with short human like people who inv
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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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