TUCKET'S RIDE by Gary Paulsen


Age Range: 10 & up
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Another entry in the ongoing saga of young Francis Tucket (Call Me Francis Tucket, 1995, etc.) and his adventures after being separated from his parents' wagon train. He is still saddled with two young children he rescued after their parents died of cholera. Francis protects a Mexican woman from an attack by an American soldier, nearly gets hung by the soldier's commander, and is captured by the brutal Comancheros during the war between the US and Mexico. Like its predecessors, this novel wanders all over the map, but it's nicely crammed with nonstop adventure. The serialized publication, sheer number of Dickensian coincidences, characters, and incidents, as well as the innocence of the main character, makes this read like Nicholas Nickleby, set in in the Old West. Still, Paulsen proves himself nothing if not reliable--the pacing is flawless, the prose seemingly effortless, and the pages just fly by. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-385-32199-6
Page count: 86pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1996


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