|Author: Patricia Calvert|
|The book that started the acclaimed trilogy that continues with Sooner and Betrayed! is now a handsome Aladdin Paperbacks edition! The Civil War has ended and families all over the South and the North wait for their men to come home. Twelve-year-old Tyler hasn't seen his father, the dashing Black Jack Bohannon, since he left home at the beginning of the war to join up with General Jo Shelby of the Iron Cavalry Brigade of Missouri. When Tyler learns that General Shelby has refused to surrender to the Yankees and is headed for Mexico with his men, Tyler resolves to find his father and bring him home. The journey is long and hard. But what makes it possible is Bigger, a dog made mean by cruelty but tamed by Tyler's desperately lonely need for him. Bigger's love supports Tyler both in the hope that he'll find his father, and in the heartbreak that follows when Tyler discovers his father doesn't want to come home.|
From the Publisher:
When his father disappears near the Mexican border at the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Tyler Bohannon decides to go after him and bring him home, acquiring on the journey a strange dog which he names Bigger. Reprint.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.When his father disappears near the Mexican border at the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Tyler decides to go after him and bring him home, acquiring on the journey a strange dog which he names Bigger.
After the Civil War ends, 12-year-old Tyler Bohannon goes in search of his father--a Confederate soldier who he fears has traveled to Mexico with others who refused to accept the outcome of the war. During his perilous journey, Tyler meets an abused dog whom he names Bigger. The dog soon becomes his protector, confidant, and friend. As Tyler encounters the destruction of the war and the horror that was slavery, he begins to view his father from a new perspective.