- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (March 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823408132
- ISBN-13: 978-0823408139
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,418,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tucker Hardcover – March 1, 1990
From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-- Tucker and his father lead a somewhat spartan but steady life in rural Kentucky. Tucker , 11, has not seen his younger sister or mother since his parents' divorce 7 years before. At first, a visit by his nine-year-old sister, Olivia, seems intrusive, but the two siblings eventually find a comfortable level of companionship. He is jealous, however, of the constant stream of letters that Olivia receives from their mother, and is crushed when he finds that Olivia has been lying about their mother's hope for a reconciliation with their father. While Tucker's life has been enriched by Olivia's visit, one senses that nothing will have changed after her departure. A second theme is Tucker's fantasy life, in which he is preparing himself to become an Indian hunter and to kill his first deer. Undaunted when he finds that he is too young to get a hunting license and that his best friend has deserted their dreams in order to pursue a girl, Tucker does manage to shoot his first deer, but his fantasy crumbles when he watches the deer die an agonizing death. Tucker has come of age; it is obvious that he has learned some harsh, albeit necessary lessons about fantasy and reality. Besides a well-handled motif, this novel contains many issues: divorce, sibling rivalry, and unemployment. All are treated sensitively and realistically. This well-written novel contains enough adventure to appeal successfully to the intended age group, and should have wide appeal because of the sensitive handling of so many concerns. --Susan H. Williamson, Homer-Center School District, PA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Tom Birdseye grew up in North Carolina and Kentucky, an ardent fan of anything that smacked of sports, crawdads, mud balls, forts built in the woods, secret codes, bicycles without fenders, butter pecan ice cream, and snow. He was, however, decidedly uninterested in writing-or any academic aspect of school, for that matter-never imagining that at the age of thirty-five he would become a published author. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his wife, Debbie and two daughters, Kelsey and Amy. When not writing or in classrooms talking with children and teachers about the writing process, he enjoys skiing, rock and mountain climbing, ski mountaineering, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, running, playing the string bass, and reading.
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The story revails the little things that bring families together - and tears them apart. It's about Tucker coming of age. He learns that life is not always fair. Pain and pleasure go hand in hand to build a life ... a whole, full life.