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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mike Rucker  

Pen Name: Michael Rucker


Born: 1940 in Pinehurst, North Carolina


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.

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