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Rumble Fish: Novel-Ties Study Guide Paperback – January 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Series: Novel-Ties
  • Paperback: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Learning Links (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881221287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881221282
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,207,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stylistically superb... this packs a punch that will leave readers of any age reeling."--School Library Journal.

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, A Kirkus Choice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Rusty-James is the top tough guy among junior high kids, but what he wants most of all is to be just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy, the toughest, most respected streetfighter.

"Stylistically superb... this packs a punch that will leave readers of any age reeling."--School Library Journal.

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, A Kirkus Choice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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I think this book is just like their everyday lives.
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He was a poetic Byron creature with a dark troubled soul - evasive and a great challenge.
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As far as I know, this book is studied still as a modern classic in the US.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Rumble Fish is an excellent book about a boy growing up in a tough neighborhood in a rough family. The boy idolizes his older brother and emulates him in any way that he can; he wants to be just like his brother. The problem is that he's not like his brother--he's an individual, but he doesn't realize it.
This book took me on a rollercoaster ride, where I would be laughing aloud one minute, and have tears on my cheeks the next minute. The end of RUMBLE FISH had such a tremendous effect on me-- it blew me away. The story stirred many emotions inside me and I know that it is forever encased in my heart and I will remember it always.
I've read several books by S.E. Hinton and she is, by far, the best author I have ever read. On my third read of her book, THE OUTSIDERS, I still had tears twinkling in the corners of my eyes.
RUMBLE FISH should be a must-read for young adults, especially those that are searching for themselves right now, or those that have become followers, and are not their own person. This book teaches a valuable lesson; you have to search a little to find it, but it's there
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
I'm a junior in H.S. and I hate to read with a passion. But when my teacher gave me this book to read for a report I was alittle anoyed he gave what looked to be a kids book because it was so small. But when I started reading it I couldn't stop. So now I always thank him and I've gotten other people to read it and they love it, too. My parents might even read it because I liked it so much.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By d-von on February 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Rumble fish is a dark look at life in the late sixties/early seventies . The main character is a tough guy named Rusty-James, who uses his strength and fighting abilities instead of his mind . The story is told as a flashback with Rusty-James meeting his old geeky friend Steve when he is in his early twenties . Throughout the story we see Rusty-James idolize his older brother who looks like a "prince," and whose view of the world differentiates from everybody else in the washed up neighbourhood . Rusty-James talks about one day looking like his older brother and his respect and reputation is gained partially from being related to the myth known as the Motorcycle Boy , his brother . The books charm is possibly because of how vague it is , the Motorcycle Boy is never named , neither is the time period , the location is'nt named and women are considered secondary characters , two dimensional and unimportant . Rusty-James has his crew of pals ; Smokey (the intellegent tough guy who has a silent tension with Rusty throughout the novel) , BJ , (the fat tough kid) , Midget , (the tall lanky kid who informs Rusty-James about his fight with Biff Wilcox) and last but definatly not least Steve Hays, Rusty's best friend , a nerdy blonde haired cautious guy , who looked twelve and acted forty . Rusty-James dad is an alcoholic who at one point in his life attended law school . The father never tells Rusty how to live his life and it seems as if Rusty-James and the Motorcycle Boy are free to do what they want . Rusty-James must worry if his dad will drink up the welare check before he can get his hands on some of the money . Rusty-James also has a girlfriend , Patty , a two dimensional girl who sways any way the wind blows , we find out that shes a hellcat and not a natural blonde , but thats about it .Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1998
Format: Turtleback
I read this book as an assignment at school. Most of the books we have to read are outdated and take place in a world without violence or teen problems. Rumble Fish broke all the rules--it seemed real. Not only did Rusty-James have to face problems with his family but also with the struggles of breaking up with his girlfriend and almost getting killed. You may think that this book sounds far-fetched, but it has probly changed a lot of lives. It was an excellent story that can be summerized in several words: love, hate, violence, and resolution. An excellent book for all teens and even adults.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
I read this book each year from age 10 to age 15. Now that I'm older, I reread it again for the first time: to my surprise, the magic in the pages was still there for me. To my surprise, I found ways that my self and my understanding of the world were shaped by this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Is your life good or bad? Have you ever been alone in your life? Just you, nobody to talk to and nobody to play with. Rumble Fish is a fictional book by S.E. Hinton about a fourteen year old boy named Rusty James, who has a hard time in life and he only has his brother in his family and his gang. He also gets in a lot of fights, skips school and doesn't like to be alone. The story takes place in a neighborhood which appears to be a bad neighborhood. The main character in the story is Rusty James

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Rumble Fish is a good book because it relaxes you when you need to be relaxed, and if you are really interested, it can sometimes intertain you. Rumble fish is about a kid named Rusty-James. Rusty-James has a best friend named Steve. Steve is the one always giving Rusty-James advice when he needs it, always keeping him company when rusty-james wants it, and always sticking up for him when he is being told on. Rusty-James has a role model who he wants to grow up and be just like. He is a kid who isn't scared of nobody and who everyboyd looks up to. They call him "The Motorcycle Boy." They call him that because everytime he gets near a motorcycle he likes, he takes off with it and disappears. when Rusty-James is always with The Motorcycle Boy, he finds out that being with him might not be so cool. Rusty-James realizes that being just like The Motorcycle Boy might get him into a lot of trouble.
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