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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mike Rucker  

Pen Name: Michael Rucker

Genre:

Audience: Adult; Children; Children;

Born: 1940 in Pinehurst, North Carolina


-- Website -- http://www.terrythetractor.com
-- Mike Rucker on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=mike+rucker


Illinois Connection

Rucker lives in Peoria.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mike Rucker was a Service Representative and troubleshooter for Caterpillar Inc. He is a children's author, civil war researcher and marathon runner. Seventeen of his 18 children's books have been written about ''Terry the Tractor''. The jobs Terry performs in Mike's books and the situations he faces are based on the real life experiences of the author from his 40 years of employment with Caterpillar Inc. at various locations around the world.An advocate of children's reading programs, Rucker began writing his children-based books with ''Terry the Tractor'' as the main character when he was living in Australia. He wrote the first three stories for his son Derek. His last three ''Terry the Tractor'' books were written with his granddaughter Sabrina. Rucker has ran marathons in seven continents and is a member of the Seven Continents Club.


Published Works

    Childrens Books:
  • Terry the Tractor, University Editions, 1993
  • Terry and the Bully, University Editions, 1994
  • Terry the Athlete, University Editions, 1995
  • Terry and the Super Powerful Fuel, University Editions, 1996
  • Terry and the Elephant, University Editions, 1997
  • Terry and the Ecological Disaster, University Editions, 1998
  • Terry and the High Tech Dozing System, University Editions, 1998
  • Terry and the South Pole Breakdown, University Editions, 2000
  • Terry the Smoke Jumper, University Editions, 2000
  • Terry and the Wild Well Blowout, University Editions, 2002
  • Terry and the Beaver Dam Fiasco, University Editions, 2003
  • Terry and the Trouble with Trash, University Editions, 2004
  • Terry and the Obsolete Locomotive, University Editions, 2005
  • Terry and the Earthquake, University Editions, 2005
  • Terry and the Martians, University Editions, 2007 - written with Sabrina Rucker
  • Terry and the Sunken Submarine, University Editions, 2008 - written with Sabrina Rucker
  • Terry and the Dinosaurs, University Editions, 2009 - written with Sabrina Rucker
  • The Scrubland Critters and the Cedar Key Catastrophe, The Peppertree Press, 2015Adult Books:
  • Bridge Burner: The Full and Factual Story of Dr. William Parks Rucker Slave-owning Union Partisan, Quarrier Press, 2014


Selected Titles At Your Library

Terry the tractor /
ISBN: 1560023821. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Huntington, W. Va. :. ©1993.

Terry and the bully /
ISBN: 1560024496. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Huntington, W. Va. :. ©1994.

Terry the athlete /
ISBN: 1560025603. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Huntington, W. Va. :. ©1995.

Terry and the super powerful fuel /
ISBN: 1560026731. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Huntington, W. Va. :. ©1996.

Terry and the elephant /
ISBN: 1560027460. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Huntington, W. Va. :. ©1997.

Terry and the bully /
ISBN: 1560027924. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Huntington, W. Va. :. ©1994.

Terry and the high-tech (Laser guided satellite transmitted) dozing system /
ISBN: 1560028580. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Huntington, W. Va. :. ©1999.

Terry and the South Pole breakdown /
ISBN: 0615113796. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Huntington, W. Va. :. ©2000.

Terry the smoke jumper /
ISBN: 0971165041. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Huntington, W. Va. :. ©2000.

Terry and the wild well blowout /
ISBN: 0971165912. OCLC Number:

University Eitions, Inc.,. Peoria, Ill. :. ©2002.

Terry and the beaver dam fiasco /
ISBN: 0971165920. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Peoria, IL :. ©2003.

Terry's new job as a farm tractor turns out to be disasterous because the work has destroyed the habitat of beavers on the farm.

Terry and the trouble with trash /
ISBN: 0971165939. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Peoria, IL :. ©2004.

Terry and his friend Larry hate their work in a nasty garbage dump but learn how to dispose trash in a proper manner with a new owner of the business.

Terry and the obsolete locomotive /
ISBN: 0971165947. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Peoria, Ill. :. ©2005.

Terry learns about teamwork when he joins with other machines to rescue a locomotive in danger of sliding down an embankment.

Terry and the earthquake /
ISBN: 0971165955. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Peoria, Ill. :. ©2005.

Terry and the Martians /
ISBN: 0971165963. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Peoria, Ill. :. ©2007.

Terry and the dinosaurs /
ISBN: 097116598X. OCLC Number:

University Editions,. Peoria, Ill. :. ©2009.

Terry is always ready for new adventures. By means of a time machine Terry travels 65 millions years into the past where he makes friends with several herbaceous dinosaurs and defends them from a tyrannosaurus rex.

The Scrubland Critters and the Cedar Key catastrophe /
ISBN: 1614933227. OCLC Number:

. .

The critters of Cedar Key Scrub in Florida have lived in peace for many years. Now their homeland is threatened by some strange new creatures with guns and dogs. These new creatures have cut down the trees on Cedar Key Island and are now cutting the trees in the critters' beloved Cedar Key Scrub. The critters, led by Randy Raccoon, have come up with a wacky plan to drive the invaders away by stealing a train. This plan goes awry and results in a major catastrophe.

Bridge burner :
ISBN: 1891852922. OCLC Number:

Quarrier Press,. Charleston, West Virginia :. 2014.


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