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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (March 8 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375873236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375873232
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Mysteriously transported to a strange place and time, 13-year-old Mark learns to survive. "Paulsen works his magic with another wilderness adventure yarn," said PW in a starred review. Ages 10-up. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on Nov. 4 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Noone has ever been in to the future but the author, Gary Pausen, makes it seem so real. The book, THE TRANSALL SAGA, is based around thriteen-year-old Mark HArrison. Mark begins his journey in a desert hiking and sees a blue light. He walks towards it. Suddenly, he blacks out. He awakes to be on what appears to be another planet. THE TRANSALL SAGA is all about survival of the fitest.
Mark is a relatively calm and cool character. I mean, who can survive in a world that they knows nothing about with the clothes on his black and a pocketknife. All his life, Mark has wanted to saomething like this. Know he is forced to. Through out his journey, Mark makes loyal friends and dreaded enemies.
Mark soon learns the dangers of the new world . The first thing that attacks him is a buffalo like creture. He learns about the scorpion things when he layes on top of a colony. In the jungle, there is always the danger of falling out of a tree while collecting food. There is the chilling howl of the Howling Thing which he hears every night before he flls asleep.
One day while on a scouting trip, he finds an arrow. That means there are other humans in the area. Mark is torn with indesicion. Were they savage or helpful? There are many "species" of human on the planet. All of them are kind of savage.
I rate this book highly because the truth is a lot better then what you can think of. This book has sword fights, chases, survival, and suspense all in one. That's why I recamend THE TRANSALL AGA by Gary Paulsen.
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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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Now I don't read much, in fact I almost hate reading! But I saw this book and a decided to read it because I have to read a book for school. I started to read and it started out with action and that made me read more. Each page I read, I wanted to read more and more. It had a lot of action and the story had several exciting twists and turns. It starts out like this. A boy convinced his parents to let him on a hiking trip alone in an old military missile range in the dessert. He rarely goes on trips and he mostly reads hiking magazines. Mark, the boy, starts to sleep after a long days hiking when a fireball falls right next to him and flickers out. He goes to investigate and sees this strange blue light. He thought it was some old military experiment. He goes to touch it. Suddenly, a rattle snake snaps and he falls into the light... He awakens and searches his hand for bite marks from the snake...Nothing... He looks at his surroundings and finds himself to be in a field. He walks a bit and finds himself sinking in quicksand! He manages to get himself out and lies down. Suddenly, he feels himself getting pinched by the red bug creatures! He shook them off and took off his clothes to see if they're all of. Ant then a buffalo creature comes by he climbs up a tree but the buffalo creature took one of his boots and ripped his shirt to shreads. He climbs down, puts onhis remaining clothes and moves into a jungle. He meats a creature that looks like a cross between a teddy bear and a monkey. At night he hears the noises of the jungle and a loud howl. He gets used to the jungle. One time when he was out hunting he saw a puddle of something on the ground...Blood... He heres shreaks outside and tries to find them. He sees a wolf creature, a.k.a. the howling thing clawing at someone in a tree. Mark shoots an arrow in the back of the animal. It turned around and attacked... And that's just the beginning. Read it for yourself. You'll love it, I did.
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