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The Transall Saga [Paperback]

Gary Paulsen
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March 8 2011

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 as well--and, finally, a contest in which he discovers his own startling powers.

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Gary Paulsen, author of several books of high adventure and survival--including the Newbery Honor winners Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room--this time brings readers a science fiction tale reminiscent of Planet of the Apes. The Transall Saga follows 13-year-old Mark on his first solo desert camping trip. After stepping into a mysterious beam of light, Mark is transported to another place--a strange and hostile world. As Mark tries to find his way back home, he learns to survive in this dangerous jungle, calling on reserves of strength he didn't know he had. Encountering wild creatures, primitive tribes, and a more advanced and warlike group of humans, the young protagonist is forced to grow up before he can return to the life he once knew. In the process, he becomes a slave, a warrior, and falls in love--all before the mystery of exactly where he is becomes clear.

As an adventure story and coming-of-age tale, The Transall Saga makes for gripping reading. While the account of Mark carving a new life in a place both strangely familiar and totally alien is cleverly imagined, the science fiction elements are, unfortunately, not nearly as well thought out. Still, fans of Paulsen's other works will find much to enjoy here, including vivid characters, exotic locations, and feral beasts that will not soon be forgotten. (Ages 10 to 15) --Neil Roseman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Paulsen (Brian's Winter) works his magic with another wilderness adventure yarn. But the wilderness this time isn't in this worldAor is it? That's what 13-year-old Mark tries to discover. On his first solo backpacking trip, crossing an old missile range in a desert out west, a mysterious blue light transports him to a thick red jungle under a sulfurous sky. There the struggle for survival soon supersedes the quest for the route home. Paulsen draws on such Saturday-matinee staples as poisonous insects, deadly quicksand and murderous beasts; Mark even swings on vines with a friendly monkey-like creature (and this is just the first 30 pages). Yet the plot feels fresh, thanks to the author's taut, unsentimental storytelling (Mark's Tarzan-esque antics, for example, result in broken ribs). Mark grows to manhood in the four or so years of his sojourn; the narrative, meanwhile, continues at a hurtling pace. The teen saves a girl's life, then joins her tribe of forest-dwellers; later, he is captured with them and enslaved by the more technologically advanced Tsook people. There are raids, escapes and brushes with the Tsook overlord, the Merkon, who takes a frighteningly keen interest in Mark. Readers may figure out who the Merkon is long before the protagonist does, but no matterAthe action along the way (including just the right dash of romance) is never less than enthralling. While the story is self-contained, the end points to a sequel, so, with any luck, another installment is on the way. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best from Paulsen March 25 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought this book was a great survival story. It had sudden twists to the end of it. It always had you guessing what he was talking about. When I read this book I disliked reading entirely. This actually brought hope to me. It has such good detail you can practically visualize what the author is talking about. How he killed the massive creature or how he destroyed the evil enemy at the end. This book made you wonder what really was this "dimensional portal" linked too. A new world, another dimension, universe, the past, or even the future? You didn't know how Mark was going to survive in the jungle. He had to scavenger and make friends out of nowhere. A unexplored and unfamiliar world to him. This was actually a great, exciting, and an awesome thriller in my opinion. Until later in the story you realize this is the future not the past or another world. And the supreme king of the "future" Earth is a escaped convict from the 1960's who found the portal in a canyon and unknowingly went inside it because he knew he was going to be captured at any second from the man hunt being held in the state. Since he knew about the advanced technology in the past compared to the present in the "future" he ruled quickly and swiftly. No one knew where he came from but Mark found out what truely happened and how he came to rise in power. He was sort of a communist not letting other people discover those technologies to improve their weapons to create a rebellion against his rule. Not knowing what had happened in the past he still tries to slay the prisoner, knowing that he'll help the people in the present time. In my conclusion to this book I believed it was one of Paulsen's greatest masterpieces of writing. I've read The Hatchet and it compares greatly to this book. It has the same concept and I rate The Transall Sage a 5/5 *Stars* Great book! I recommend this to anyone who loves to read adventure books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Saga if you dont buys this Saga Jan. 8 2004
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Gary Paulsen's action/adventure book, Transall Saga is a book that would actually want you to go to the book store to get it; I know that's sounds like a lot to some of you but I guarantee that you will understand after you read this review. It's not like most books that look good at the book store but when you start reading it, you can't lift your hand to turn the page it is so boring. Mark is the main character in the story and he is a die hard camper. He decides to go out camping in the desert one time all by himself. No he doesn't get eaten by a bear or anything scary like that, he gets sucked into a light that's takes him to the place he knows as Transall. Gary makes the scenery so real and vivid in the book that u actually look around to make sure that there are no monkey-bears around. The farther you get in the story the more you see mark develop, he starts to understand that he could be in Transall a while, so he starts to in a way grow up. As the books goes on Mark finds primitive people, he is glad he found people but he is still stuck on trying to find the light he came in on. Through Paulsen's writing style you get more familiar with all of the characters and terrain because there is not too much dialogue to slow it down. I think that anyone would enjoy this book and I really recommend this book to people who would rather sit there annoying themselves by saying "I'm bored," 364 times before finally getting something to eat( Don't think I don't know how you people work, because I do.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transall Saga Review June 10 2003
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There's no place like home. Thirteen year-old Mark finds this out once he enters a new world called Transall, where everything is a shade of red. While camping in the Arizona desert, a blue light transports Mark to Transall, a place that looks like a different Earth changed by nuclear war, complete with deformed humans and animals. That's when Mark's struggle to survive and find his way back to present-day Earth begins. It would be very hard finding your own food, water, shelter, and protecting yourself from harmful animals such as buffalo creatures and violent tribes, but Mark does this throughout his journey.
Mark starts out as a regular teenager on a camping trip who turns into a strong survivor by using his knowledge and skills. He lives three years in Transall before finding the blue light again. I often asked myself what I would do in his situation in order to live. At the end, Mark becomes a doctor finding a cure for Ebola. I want to have a career in medicine by helping animals so I could identify with Mark in that way.
This book showed me what it's like to be alone, afraid and having to make it by yourself, but it also showed me how to have courage and never give up. Survival and believing in yourself are themes in The Transall Saga.
I would recommend this book to young people who like science fiction and adventure stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Transall Saga May 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mark's solo camping trip in the desert turns into a terrifying and thrilling adventure when a mysterious blue light transports him to another world. The story place in the 1990's on an abandoned missle range. When Mark decides to make camp for the night, he sees a fiery ball crash into the earth not too far away. When he gets closer to it, it produces a strange pale blue beam of light. But as Mark gets closer he falls into the light. Mark is now in what he thinks is another world. The grass is red and the sky is a hazy yellow. Mark will make many friends and allies on his jurney in this new world. He will also meet many enimies that will test his courage and knowledge. Amoung his friends is a young tribe woman named Leeta, a tribe leader named Dagon, his daughter Megaan, even a white furry Monkeybear named Willie. But Mark has a long list of enimies as well. Amoung them are the Rawhaz a cannibal tribe, the Samatin a desert dwelling tribe. I thought this book was very good and deservs five stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Amazing
Mark is transported to a different time, he has to deal with living in an unfamiliar environment. Mark has to try to survive on his own eating anything he can find. Read more
Published on June 13 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Transall Saga
My daugter is in grade 7 and had to read this book for a project. She absoulutely loved the book and couldn't put it down.
Published on April 6 2011 by kidscamping
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for all ages!
I first read this book almost right when it came out, I was in 5th grade at the time and i absolutely loved it. Must have read it 6 times back then. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2007 by Sunspot
3.0 out of 5 stars Good begining...
This book was really good, it had adventure, amazing plot twists, and fleshed-out characters. Then, Paulsen just seemed to get tired of writing. Read more
Published on June 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Transall Saga
I have read the book called The Transall Saga. This review will be what I thought of the book. I'd definitely have to say this is one of my favorite books of all time. Read more
Published on March 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Transall Saga
Mark is trying to find a light that brought him here.A man told him about the light and how it stirkes randomly.After he injured the king of Transall His son comes after mark. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Different From His Other Books
the transall saga is a great piece by gaaary paulsen. it was weird but yet it was easy to read. it also keeps you wanting to read more and more and you won't want to stop until you... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by dallas kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars WINNER
This book is about a boy that's on a solo camping trip. When he sees a blue light, he walks to it. Then a rattlesnake bites him,and he falls back into the light. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Misterious place
I have read alot of Gary Paulsen's books and he writes some good books. But Transall Saga was amazing with all of the adventurous action that took place in this book. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by steve tuma
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Paulsens amazing book
The Transall saga is a very good book for a person who likes books about survival and who have read other Gary Paulsen books. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2003
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