Thirteen-year-old Mark Harrison has a week to hike across the desert. He will meet his parents on the other side. By his fourth day, he’s made good time. As he settles in for the night, he gazes up at the stars, feeling completely content. Suddenly, a blue light streams from the sky, jolting Mark into another dimension. Now, in a land filled with strange jungle animals and primitive tribes, Mark desperately battles hunger, armed enemies, and superhuman powers. To find the way back to his own world, Mark will need to find greater resources and strength—but time is running out.
Gary Paulsen has written dozens of books for young people. His tales of adventure and survival have won the enthusiastic praise of young adults across the country and many awards, including three Newbery Honors and a Golden Spur award. In this imaginative story, Johnny Heller’s narration keeps you close by the resourceful young teenager’s side.
©1998 Gary Paulsen (P)1999 Recorded Books
I've read this book 3 times and now I've listened to it. This is the best sci-fi story I've ever heard. Mr. Paulsen, a sequel will prove to be of high artistic production value. You have die hard fans for Transal Saga.
I loved Paulsen's book, "The Hatchet" when I was a kid, and the Transall Saga sounded like a cool sci-fi version of the same story. I wasn't disappointed. A cheerful tale, a quick read, and lots of interesting characters and creatures that were invented for this story. I recommend!
Transall Saga is a story of personal grit. I like to think I have grit in tough situations.
I would compare the Outsiders to Transall Saga. In both stories a young teen boy finds themselves in situations both unexpected and challenging. They learn they have strength and can handle the outcomes.
J. H. does a great job portraying Mark. I especially like the way he plays out the humorous self-talk Mark is carrying on in the first days and weeks in the new place.
Although this book did not cause strong "feels", I did relate to the elements of loyalty and commitment as displayed through Gary Paulsen's characters.
Kids where I work do not have many opportunities to try their mettle. Cleary Gary Paulsen tested his personal grit and drive in the Iditarod races. Like Joseph Campbell talks about, I think teens need a coming of age event to center their later years and to draw upon in times of difficulty.
Fsv bedtime story.. Still fall asleep to it sometimes.. Very easy reading meant for kids that would enjoy a differrnt time machinesque like twist on the survival books
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