Bigger

Bigger

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by Patricia Calvert
     
 

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In the spring of 1865 the Civil War has finally ended. Men are coming home. Families are being reunited — except for Tyler's. His father is going with a band of men to Mexico, where they will regroup, rearm, and continue the fight against the Yankees. Tyler is stunned. For four years he's dreamed of seeing his father again, and he can't let go of that dream.

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In the spring of 1865 the Civil War has finally ended. Men are coming home. Families are being reunited — except for Tyler's. His father is going with a band of men to Mexico, where they will regroup, rearm, and continue the fight against the Yankees. Tyler is stunned. For four years he's dreamed of seeing his father again, and he can't let go of that dream. There's only one thing Tyler can do — go get his father and bring him home.
Tyler starts his trek from Missouri to the Rio Grande alone, but he quickly gains a companion — a strange dog made mean by cruelty but tamed by hunger and Tyler's desperately lonely need for him. Tyler names him Bigger.
The journey is long and hard but, with Bigger by his side, possible. Tyler might make it all the way to the Rio Grande. He might even find his father. But most importantly, Bigger helps Tyler realize that some dreams might not be worth holding on to.

Editorial Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Starred review Thought-provoking, imbued with powerful emotion, and conveying a timeless theme, this is historical fiction at its best.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Calvert's ( The Snowbird ; Yesterday's Daughter ) sweeping, deeply moving historical novel may well bring tears to the reader's eyes. The Civil War has ended, yet 12-year-old Tyler still awaits tidings of his father, Black Jack Bohannon, who left four years earlier, in 1861, with General Jo Shelby's Iron Cavalry Brigade of Missouri. Learning that Shelby and his men are on their way to Mexico to keep the Confederacy alive, Tyler sets out to find his father and bring him home. He undertakes the 800-mile journey on foot, with only a few dollars in his pocket (incidentally, he returns with change), and is joined by the title character, an ornery ``devil dog'' that becomes his inseparable friend and protector. An encounter with Isaac, an African American youth bearing the still-fresh scars of slavery, causes Tyler to doubt for the first time his father's judgment in fighting for the South. Black Jack, no fairy tale father, turns out not to be the homesick hero of his son's imaginings. Thought-provoking, imbued with powerful emotion and conveying a timeless theme, this is historical fiction at its best. Ages 9-11. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-The Civil War is over and Tyler Bohannon, 12, begins a trek that will take him from his secure home in Sweet Creek, Missouri, to Eagle Pass, Texas. His goal is to find and bring back his father, who joined General Jo Shelby and the Confederates four years earlier. Soon after setting out, Bigger, a fierce, apparently abused dog, becomes Tyler's companion. Their odyssey is one of body, mind, and spirit. They face hunger, heat, and exhaustion; in a brief meeting with a scarred, orphaned black boy, Tyler confronts the brutality of slavery; and walking over Pea Ridge, he is horrified by the bones littering the battlefield. He finally finds his father, but the man is hardened in his resolve to settle his score with the Union, and refuses to go home. As the boy tries to understand this rejection, he must face further heartbreak when, on the way home, Bigger is killed. Through strong characters, flowing narrative, geographic description, and historical detail, Calvert draws readers into her hero's life and times. Although he endures a heavy dose of adversity, the boy is not extraordinary. His resilience stems from his realization that loyalty, love, and courage take many forms. Readers will relate to his friendship with Bigger, his emerging social consciousness, and his struggle to accept the loss of his dreams and the hard realities of the adult world.-Gerry Larson, Chewning Middle School, Durham, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689860034
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
477,043
Product dimensions:
0.34(w) x 5.00(h) x 8.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Bigger 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
yo67 More than 1 year ago
BIGGER The title of my book is bigger the author is Patricia Calvert Tyler is a 12 year old boy who hasn't seen his father the dashing black jack bohannon since he went to the war . A passing soilder tells him that general jo Shelby isn't surrendering to the Yankees so he is going to Mexico to regroup. Tyler resolves to find his father and bring him home. The plot is to find his father and bring him home . His uncle matt makes provisions that make the journey long and hard. Tyler makes the adventure possible by meeting a dog named bigger that was made mean by cruelty. Then bigger supports Tyler along his journey and gives him support during heartbreak and hope. He meets a slave named Isaac who escaped and he befriends him. The setting is in 1865 near the Rio Grande border in Texas. The theme is to learn about love and growing up. I think it connects with me because I love my dad and I would do anything to keep him alive. It also connects to the world because everyone loves something. Some related books are Orvis by H.M. Hoover because they show love for a robot. Another book is single shard its about a boy named tree ear who shows trustworthiness for his master.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bigger, a book written by Patricia Calvery in which I rated with four stars. This book is about a boy named Tyler who sets out to look for his father who is in the Civil War. He must travel to Mexico all by himself to find his father. During his journey he encounters many people, animals, and adventures. What makes it so interesting is the great detail each event is written in. It is almost as if you are there when it happens. Tyler finaly finds his father but very unfortunately his father is not coming home with him. Even though he isn't coming home Tyler showed Great determination to even go all the way to look for his father and actually find him. I now have great respect for Tyler and what he did. During his journey Tyler makes a great companion. It just so happens to a bed a dog. The first time Tyler laid his eyes on the dog he never thought there would be any way that they would become friends. Somehow Bigger tracked Tyler down and they became best friends. On their first night together Bigger (the dog) woudln't even come on the same side of the fire as Tyler. That is just how timid he was. Tyler and Bigger being together really made me give this book four stars. They show a prime example of a great and loving relationship between boy and dog! I would recommend Call of The Wild is you enjoyed this book. In a way they are similiar. I am foutteen years old and I love football!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You might think that Bigger is the main character, but he doesn't enter in the first part of the book. Tyler is the one who wants to rescue his father. One morning a man from the war tells Tylar where his father troops are heading so as adventuring as he is he sets out to find his father. On the way he meets two trust worthy friends. The thing that happens at the end is heart bracking,but who is Sooner, find out by reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book Bigger, a boy, Tylers father is fighting in the cival war. His father is a confederate. but he hasnt come home even though the war is over. so the boy sets out to find his father in texas. On the way he meets people hwo tell him stories. He even meets a dog and names him Bigger. My favorite character is the dog he was the best. At the end when umm well I shouldnt tell you but the end was so sad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bigger is about a boy named Tyler who is tring to find his dad after the Civil War. So he leaves his mom, brother, and sister behind. On his way to find his dad he runs into Bigger'a dog.'Bigger has one brown eye and one blue eye. Bigger also helps Tyler throughout his jorney. The dog keeps him company and is also his best friend. To find out if Tyler finds his dad read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bigger is about a boy named Tyler and his father goes to fight in the war. When his father never returns after the war. A man tells him where his father is. So, tyler goes out on a journey to find his father. Soon, Tyler comes to his Uncle Matts house,where his spoiled cousin Clayton lives.While he is there he meets a dog tied to a tree. It is strange because the dog has one blue eye and one green eye.Then, Tyler's Uncle Matt gives him some fresh meat and puts it in a tin for him. Next, Tyler sets off again. Then he finds out that the strange dog is following him.He soon names him Bigger. In a few days Tyler gets hit in the head with a stone. Then, he makes a new friend.His name is Issac.Soon Issac has to go and live with his new family.Tyler crosses the border to Mexico. Keep reading to find out what happens.