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Apr 06, Seth Warner rated it really liked it. I remember loving this book in 7th grade. Probably worth a re-read. Oct 06, Cougar Davis rated it really liked it. Gary Paulsen's The Transall Saga is about a kid named Mark who is on a solo camping trip in the desert, when suddenly he is transported to a strange planet by a blue light. Mark must then defend him self from alien elements, and figure out the mystery of the strange primitive tribes that inhabit the world.

When he discovers the village of the arrow people as Mark calls them, he is soon taken captive by a enemy tribe called the Tsook. He is taken as a slave and must work for the village's leader Gary Paulsen's The Transall Saga is about a kid named Mark who is on a solo camping trip in the desert, when suddenly he is transported to a strange planet by a blue light. He is taken as a slave and must work for the village's leader and find a way to escape. But when a warring tribe plans on attacking the village, Mark warns the town and fights of the invaders and is promoted to a warrior.

Mark is a brave, adventures child who lives in the city. He is a hard working boy who spends all his money on camping gear and survival books. He is very knowledgeable on the wilderness and nature. I enjoyed this book for a couple of reasons, because I am a fan of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, and because I like the outdoors.

This would probably be a good book for all three type of people. Oct 13, Robby R. There were an abundance of exciting moments and action-packed moments that keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time and make you want to turn to the next page as quickly as possible. The Transall Saga is a book broken up into three parts about a fifteen-year-old boy named Mark who seeks adventure and loves camping.

One day, Mark was out hiking in a desert in Colorado- after convincing his parents - and spots a giant blue light shooting out of the sky. Mark investigates and ends up falling into the light and is transported to another world called Transall. In Transall, the grass and trees are red and there are crazy creatures wandering the odd, alien, land. Mark has to learn the way of this world and try and survive, but more importantly, he has to find the blue light to return to his world. Mark meets many strange looking people and a major plot twist was revealed during the end of the second section of this book.

This book was a real page turner and I would extremely recommend reading it. Nov 26, Karina Escajeda rated it did not like it. So this is the one book of 22 that I didn't end up finishing for my adolescent literature class. I chose it because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, and I did that with a few other authors.

However, I'm still pretty comfortable on the 'dislike' side of the Paulsen fence. This is just SO predictible, and as a woman, I just cannot justify placing books in boys or girls hands that do not elevate women to interesting roles, as foils, protagonists, whatever. The whole 'white boy has adventure, So this is the one book of 22 that I didn't end up finishing for my adolescent literature class.

The whole 'white boy has adventure, learns about self' trope has been SO overdone. I just need less of this in my life, and certainly less of it in my classroom collection. I Liked this book. I really did. The concept was intriguing, the writing wasn't bad, the characters were fairly realistic. But there were these little thing that ticked me off.

In this book, we meet people who speak a language other than English. And Mark learns this language, but he likes to use English expressions of speech. For instance: MArk is training with one these people, named Sarbo. Sarbo tells him to come back first thing tommorow morning. Mark says "Wild h I Liked this book. Mark says "Wild horses couldn't keep me away. But they do have horse-like beasts, which I assume IS in their language. At this point, I assumed Mark was using their word for the horse-like beasts, and the author was just saying horse to simplify for the reader.

But no. It means nothing will stop me from being here. Not, my first problem. These people are so Primitive, no offense to them, I love them, but expressions of speech are evolved. My second problem, if you MUST use an expression of speech, why don't you use their word for their horse-like beasts? Why, Mark? So I'm sort of predisposed to dislike people name Megan, and I was pronouncing Megaan Megan while reading this. Also, she was given NO character development other tan: she's the daughter of the village chief. And she doesn't like Mark except she does.

That's all I know about her. And yet as soon as we met her I could sorta tell that she and Mark would be a thing, and thus the character Leeta was, for the most part, wasted. It's a different perspective on these genres, and was thoroughly enjoyable. If you like Gary Paulsen, you will probably like this book as a sci-fi version of Hatchet. If you're a sci-fi fan, you probably won't care for this. While camping in the desert, thirteen-year-old Mark stumbles into a blue light that transports him into a place that seems just enough like Earth that he can use his recently acquired survival skills to stay alive while trying to find the mysterious blue light and return home.

I read this because I'd recently seen a quote where Gary Paulsen said he If you like Gary Paulsen, you will probably like this book as a sci-fi version of Hatchet. I read this because I'd recently seen a quote where Gary Paulsen said he didn't like science fiction novels and writing one hadn't changed his mind. I was intrigued by this statement, and as a fan of his work, I wanted to check out this experiment for myself.

If you are also a fan and curious about the challenge of adapting his unique writing style to a very different genre, you should give this a try. May 01, Ashlynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. I really didn't think I was going to like this book but I was outrageously surprised. The ending to this story was so beautiful. In the hope the end gives, it's also quite sad. I don't want to give anything away, but if you even remotely like science fiction you should read it. The sci-fi aspect is very watered down. It's more of a survival story with a dash of science fiction and a small portion of romance.

The more I reflect on it, the more I just loved this story. One of the best books I've ever read. It really is such a beautiful story of life and love and all the aspects of a good adventure story. Its tragic and bittersweet and deserves to be read again and again. Jun 14, Joe rated it it was amazing. This book covers a lot of genres.

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It starts out as your typical survival book, but as Mark learns more about the place he is at you realize he may not even be on earth at all. The book follows Mark's journey through this rough, savage, new place he finds himself in as he meets and has confrontations with tribes of native people along the way. He slowly begins to understand where he is, but not before he becomes a very important person in this new land.

I just love this book so much, I read it fir This book covers a lot of genres. I just love this book so much, I read it first when I was in middle school, and I still love it. It's cool to watch as Mark grows and learns in this place he has to live in, and just enough about the place is revealed to keep you interested until finally you figure it out. Very good book by one of my favorite authors.

Jun 15, Matthew rated it it was amazing Shelves: middle-grade-science-fiction , ya-science-fiction.


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Even though Gary Paulsen isn't known for his science fiction, this is definitely a master work of the genre. I think this is one of the earliest pieces of science fiction I read and it set the bar pretty high for everything else. The characters, the setting, the suspenseful plot, it all made this book impossible to put down. Strangely, looking back I think of this as similar to the first Marvel Thor movie in some respects. I know that's a strange parallel to draw, but I think, if you read this, Even though Gary Paulsen isn't known for his science fiction, this is definitely a master work of the genre.

I know that's a strange parallel to draw, but I think, if you read this, you'll see that it holds up. Time travel and throwing a character from another place into unfamiliar time and place. There's a connection there. It's a good read, and I hope you give this a chance. May 01, Trent Zirker rated it it was amazing. This was one of the best books that I have ever read. I really liked how Gary Pausen displayed the Millennial array of earth on future years or as the story calls it "Transall".

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I also liked how in the end once he got back it made it so that he was a doctor trying to find a cure. This was a great story that I would recommend to anyone. Beautifully written. Apr 11, Sparker 87 rated it it was amazing. This book was an amazing book. Mar 14, Michelle rated it it was amazing.

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Really enjoyed the book. May 15, Jamie Williams rated it liked it. When I was given the assignment to read a survival book, I immediately thought of Gary Paulsen and his books because I already knew that I liked his writing style. I knew that a lot of his books had to do with survival and this book was no exception. This book connects to the concept of survival because it was about a boy named Mark being forced to survive in a world different than he knew.

Finding yourself alone in world that is strangely unfamiliar s When I was given the assignment to read a survival book, I immediately thought of Gary Paulsen and his books because I already knew that I liked his writing style. Finding yourself alone in world that is strangely unfamiliar seemed intriguing, but after reading the book I was a little bit disappointed.

I did like reading this book, but the plot seemed weak and very predictable. The reading level of the book was also not very advanced and I was not challenged with unknown words. There were only a few scenes that kept me guessing and I did not have very many questions when reading the book. Because of this, it was sometimes hard to keep reading.

I felt like I already knew what was going to happen. Overall, I did enjoyed reading this book because it was an quick read, but I think that the plot could have been developed further and there should be more unexpected twists and turns in the story. I would recommend this book to a friend who enjoys a book that is a quick read that gives you an opportunity to experience a new world. The book also taught a good lesson about survival and made me think about what I would do in a situation like Mark's.

Jun 03, Tommy rated it it was amazing. The Transall Saga is a fantasy book about a boy named Mark Harrison who is just a year-old boy. One of his hobbies that he loves hiking and learning about survival techniques. One day, as he is hiking through the Magruder Missile Range, he is attacked by a snake, causing him to fall into a strange light, and then being transported into a new and unfamiliar world that is somewhat similar to Earth.

He then has to try and survive in this world and try and find a way back home. Some things I really liked was that Mark did find another human on the strange planet and I also liked how he found a tribe on the planet, learned their language, and then basically become a tribe member which I thought was really interesting. Overall this is one of my favorite books that I have ever read. I would recommend it to readers that like fantasy, adventure, and excitement. Jun 03, Gage Ridenour rated it it was amazing Shelves: books Mark is just an average guy enjoying a camping trip in the desert.

When a mysterious light transports him to a brand new and hostile world, he will have to use every bit of his survival knowledge to find a way home. He is not alone.

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Other creatures and oddities inhabit this new world. Soon, Mark finds himself at the mercy of a race not unlike humans. As he learns more about the people who live here, he begins to see stranger connections. The mystery of this new world begins to form. Now Mark mus Mark is just an average guy enjoying a camping trip in the desert. Now Mark must figure out a way to get home if he even still can. This book is easy to understand and makes for a fun read. Using his talents that were also seen in his hit book "Hatchet," Gary Paulsen paints a picture of a new world through his writing.

The reader is prone to feel like a simple observer caught up in Mark's tale. His characters are likable and show a great deal of humanity. The mystery surrounding the blue light that transports Mark to the new world is also very entertaining and will keep readers guessing till the very end of the novel. It's three-part structure makes it feel like a longer epic which is in no way a disadvantage.

Recommended for any age. Jun 10, Spence added it. I enjoy reading books like the Transall Saga because of its survival based narrative. Many of Gary Paulsen's are about survival and being stranded. One of his more known books is, Hatchet. The survival part of this book made me want to read more.

The problems the ensued Mark were interesting to see the least. The transall Saga does not take very long to get into the story. Right off the bat Mark The Main character throws himself into a survival scenario in the desert. Only to find a light tha I enjoy reading books like the Transall Saga because of its survival based narrative.

Only to find a light that transports him to a different world. At first he thinks he is hallucinating, but sooner realizes that it is too real. He tries to survive in this new harsh environment were the food is different and the water is bitter. Not too long after that he starts to meet neighboring tribes.

I thought they way Mark got out of his enslavement was interesting. Eventually he gets initiated into the tribe, and finds the portal home. May 23, Jon Muehring rated it it was amazing. In the book The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen, Mark has a solo camping trip in a desert where he finds a weird blue light. He falls through the light and ends up in an odd world where everything is red. To get back to his own time, he must make a life within the world.

On his quest, Mark discovers different tribes with human-like creatures and must learn to be part of the tribe itself. He meets a tribe called the Tsook, where he learns that he is on Earth but in the future. He thinks that he is In the book The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen, Mark has a solo camping trip in a desert where he finds a weird blue light. He thinks that he is the only human, until he comes across a person from his own time, the Merkon, who is the king of all Transall.

Mark must get in Trisad where the Merkon lives and find out how to get back to his own time. While there, Mark learns that the blue light strikes in a random pattern making it tough for him to be in the right place to fall back through the blue light.

If you are in middle school or like reading scientific fiction novels, then you should read this book to find out what happens to Mark. Mar 05, Calvin rated it it was amazing. I was inspired to read this because I really enjoyed hatchet, so i thought i would give this novel a try. This book shared many of the great qualities of Hatchet, such as the struggle and survival aspects: However, it pleasantly surprised me by delving into deeper qualities of life like loosing track of your goals, giving up, and loneliness.

The imagery in this book is excellent and helped me to relax and dive into this wonderful and vivid world.

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It contained many Twists and turns that kept me I was inspired to read this because I really enjoyed hatchet, so i thought i would give this novel a try. It contained many Twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. One of the biggest undertones of this book was racial prejudice.

The main character, Mark, gets transported to a magical world with various alien species that treat him and each other differently based off of one another appearance. So i thought it was a rather clever way to draw attention to racism and prejudice in a light hearted and magical way. Releasing this at the National Book Festival on the mall. Congrats and welcome to Book Crossing! Thank you so much for picking up this book! You may choose to remain anonymous or to join joining is free.

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