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Call Me Francis Tucket by Gary Paulsen
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Oct 01, 1996 | ISBN 9780440412700
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"This book is obviously a feast for the outdoor lover — the hunter, the fisherman, or camper — but it will also draw those who love the beauty of the carefully crafted description, so detailed and vivid that the reader can feel the warming of spring days and taste the bullhead…. Above all, Father Water, Mother Woods is the essence of Paulsen, the revelation of the author himself and why he writes as he does." — Booklist

Mr. Tucket
— "Here’s a real rock ’em sock ’em ripsnorter…in 1848, a fourteen-year-old boy is captured from an Oregon-bound wagon train by Pawnee Indians and saved by a one-armed mountain man, Mr. Grimes….Superb characterization, splendidly evoked setting, and thrill-a-minute plot make this book a joy to gallop through."

— Publishers Weekly, Starred


An Ala Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults

"The narrator is twelve-year-old Sarny, slated by her cruel plantation owner to become a breeder like her mother….But as Sarny waits with apprehension…she sneaks into the last days of her childhood in an effort to learn how to read from John….Paulsen is at his best here." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
— "Among the most powerful of Paulsen’s works."

— Publishers Weekly, Starred

Author Q&A

author fun facts

May 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Previous jobs: Farm hand, ranch hand, truck driver, sailor, dogsled racer, teacher, field engineer, editor, soldier, actor, director, trapper, professional archer, migrant farm worker, singer

Hobbies: Sailing, collecting and riding Harley Davidsons; twice ran the Iditarod, the challenging 1,000 mile dogsled race across Alaska

Inspiration for writing: After a librarian gave him a book to read–along with his own library card–Gary was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

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