It is 1848, and Francis Tucket is heading west on the Oregon Trail with his family. Yesterday he celebrated his 14th birthday on the tailgate of a Conestoga wagon in the foothills of the Rockies. Today, he is going to practice with his new birthday present, a Lancaster rifle. Falling far behind the wagon train, Francis loses sight of his family and is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians. Saved by a one-armed mountain man named Mr. Grimes, Francis takes off with his rescuer on a wild adventure peopled by actual historical characters, including Jim Bowie, and set against an historically-accurate background of the Old West.
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by Gary Paulsen
"Though plain and unadorned, Gary Paulsen's action-filled frontier adventure should enthrall young listeners in this audio interpretation. Narrator Randolph Jones employs a clear, no-nonsense tone throughout. Although characters are barely individualized, Mr. Grimes--the one-armed mountain man who rescues young Francis Tucket--comes to life through Jones's marvelous narration. Mr. Grimes's forceful personality and humor drive the tale, enhancing Paulsen's exciting storyline and vivid Western setting. D.M.L. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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