Mr. Tucket

Evin Burrola, Staff Writer

Mr. Tucket by Gary Paulsen is a book that takes place back in 1848, and the main character Francis is 14 years old. When he receives a rifle for his birthday, he is thrilled that he is being treated like an adult. Francis goes out to practice shooting his new gun and is captured by Pawnees. He is soon broken out of the Pawnees camp by a one-armed mountain man named Mr. Grimes and he helps him survive and try to find his family again.

When I read this book as a kid, I really enjoyed it, but when I most recently read it, I enjoyed it even more. As a kid, some of the vocabulary words made it a bit of a challenge. I enjoyed how this book was a Western and how there was always something keeping you on the edge of your seat. This book is also one of the only books I have read that made me really eager to pick up again. It’s also part of a series and although I have only read two out of five books in the series the books seem to transition very well into another so it’s not so confusing and you don’t feel so lost.

I believe this book is a very good book to read if you enjoy thrills, fighting, and history. If I were to rate this book I would rate it a 10/10 because of the exciting story and the way the author introduces new characters in such cool and unique ways, also how he builds a connection with the characters and makes Mr. Grimes seem like a father figure as the book continues.