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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 Just Amazing June 13 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.

Will Mark survive his journey in Transall?

I really liked this book, it wasn't the genre I liked but for some reason I thought this book was amazing, I also liked it because the author makes you want to read more, it's such a great adventure for Mark.

11-14 year olds can read this, I think they would really enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Transall Saga April 6 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for all ages! Dec 5 2007
By Sunspot
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Eight years later I come across a copy of it and buy it for old times sake and I reread it and let me tell you it is still just as great. If you like Fantasy/Adventure stories or are a fan of Gary Paulsen, READ THIS!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good begining... June 13 2004
By A Customer
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This book was really good, it had adventure, amazing plot twists, and fleshed-out characters. Then, Paulsen just seemed to get tired of writing. The main character was just by chance whisked off and dropped back home. I mean, that could have happened any time in the story. I liked the book but was highly disapointed with the ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best from Paulsen March 26 2004
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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 The Transall Saga March 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. It has action, mystery, adventure and even some sad parts! My favorite thing about this book is that from beginning to end it will leave anyone guessing until the very end. If I could make one recommendation for the readers I'd like to say, the book starts out a little slow but it gets much better as you go on. And that was my review on this book, The Transall Saga. Thank you for reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transall Saga Feb. 23 2004
By A Customer
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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. will love and friends keep him in Transall or will he leave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Different From His Other Books Feb. 5 2004
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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 are finished. it is about a boy who talks his parents into letting him trek across an old missle range. they let him. on the first day after he started his journey he sees a light and goes and falls into it and time travels far into the future. like to the time of cave men
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