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Taming the Star Runner Library Binding – April 9, 2009

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From Publishers Weekly

When rebellious adolescent Travis is sent to live on his uncle's farm, he forms an uneasy friendship with a young riding instructor and a strange kinship with her restless horse, Star Runner. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Grade 7-10 Devoted fans will leap on Hinton's new novel, yet her protagonist Travis is no Tex (Delacorte, 1979). On the surface, this 15 year old resembles the classic misfits from the author's previous books; however, Travis lacks Tex' zest for living. Released from juvenile hall to cool down at his uncle's Oklahoma horse ranch, he acts the role of sensitive punkhe looks like a rebel and flies into violent rages, yet he seeks to publish his novel and he loves his cat. He wants to be left alone, but he suffers from being ignored by the ``hicks'' at school. The high point of his introspective retreat is his attraction to Casey, the riding instructor who leases his uncle's barn. The scenes of stable chores, riding lessons, and horse shows may interest some readers, while the equestrian jargon will mean nothing to the book's primary audience. Hinton uses a horse, Star Runner, as a counterpart to Travis to illustrate her theme of life's quirks: some win, some don't. Without making much of an effort, Travis ends up a winneralive, free from jail, and a published author. Hinton builds a sparse plot around a predominately bleak theme. Although the story isn't fleshed out, tough-guy Travis will appeal to a certain readership. Others will find him forgettable, especially compared to his fictional predecessors. Charlene Strickland, formerly at Albuquerque Pub . Library , N.M
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439520860
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439520864
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,876,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reviewer Jamie Curran states that this is the only book by S.E. Hinton that she has read, and she may never read another. That would be tragic.
While THE OUTSIDERS, HInton's debut novel, is quite powerful, her best book by far is RUMBLE FISH, which is not only a great novel for young adults but a true literary masterpiece.
If only I could say the same of TAMING THE STAR RUNNER.
It seems to have been written by a different author.
Perhaps it's a matter of perspective: Hinton wrote this book much later than the others, after her own son was a teenager. Too, this is the first time she has used a third-person voice in one of her novels. THE OUTSIDERS owes much of its success to the fact that it sounds like it is told by a kid - it was. Hinton was only 17 when OUTSIDERS was published. (The 14-year-old narrator, Ponyboy, is a boy, but Hinton pulled off the voice flawlessly.)
Here, the omniscient third person narrator sounds like an adult, and a mostly disapproving one at that. We read a great deal about the trouble that Travis got into, and we are introduced to two of his friends, who come off as complete dorks, but we are provided little insight into Travis' motivations for doing what he does, or his perceptions of them. Instead we hear about his transgressions from some anonymous adult who seems to like the boy but can't really relate.
Much of what Travis does throughout the story is spectacularly stupid. Somehow, in RUMBLE FISH and THE OUTSIDERS, we knew that what the characters were doing was wrong - carrying switchblades and sometimes using them, stealing cars, breaking into stores, getting into fights - and they were things that most of us readers would never do, but we could empathize with the characters who did these things.
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By A Customer on April 10, 1999
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"Taming the Star Runner" was awesome! I loved every minute of it, even if it wasn't challenging or long. To make it longer would have dragged it out too much. The plot was interesting (especially since it was about horses!!) I first read "The Outsiders" in school and fell in love with S. E. Hinton's books. I couldn't never even imagine trying to get a book published when i was 16!! I did notice a lot of similarities between the two books (same quotes and character portrayl, things like that).
I recommend this book highly!
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If I had to choose from a rating of 1-10, Taming the Star Runner, would be a 10. I have always wanted to live on a farm. I thought this book had alot of emossional ups and downs. I like how a bad, non-emossional, punk, turns into a caring, emossional, young man. There was a little bit of everything in the story. There was love, anger, sadness, and happiness. It gave me a good lesson on drinking and its consequences. It really shows me what a bad step-father is like. My step-father is no where near as bad as Stan. It taught me to be sure to choose the right friends and the right descisions in life. Taming the Star Runner was the best book I have ever read.
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Here again is one of my favorite authors. "Taming The Star Runner" is a tale of the constant struggle of a young man trying to fit in.. somewhere, anywhere but who is truly a unique young man and different in a lot of ways from his peers. He pretty much tries not to let it show but he wants to be a writer. In high school you can imagine how this would go over. He has a lousy stepfather as seems oft to be the case, who does something incredibly insensitive to Travis and it lands Travis out in the mid west living with his Uncle on a farm away from the city and everything he knows and understands. Talk about a "fish out of water"! Here he meets Casey and her crazy horse, The Star Runner . Slowly a relationship between Travis, Casey, and his Uncle Ken begins to develop. Here is where Ms. Hinton excels. Weaving a story full of vibrant characters and their interactions into a deeply felt finality. The ending is extremely subtle and true to real life. Again, what I love about this author.
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A Kid's Review on October 20, 2005
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I read Taming The Star Runner by S.E. Hinton, S.E. Hinton is my favorite author. I have read every single last one of her books and I have enjoyed them all. This book is a realistic fiction book and it's really exciting. Especially when Travis gets a phone call from his best friend Joe, telling him that the twins are dead, Orson had killed them, he helped and that he's out at a gas station near Travis's house and he needs to get picked up.

Taming The Star Runner is about a boy named Travis who was sent to juvi for beating the snot out of his step dad. Now he has to live out at his uncle's ranch when he gets out. So he gets out there and he's in a new school, where no body likes him and then he finds out the book he wrote is going to be published. What happens when he gets a weird phone call from his best friend, Joe? What's going to happen when a tornado strikes near his uncle's ranch? Read the book and you will see.

I would recommend this book for some one who likes to wonder what is going to happen next and likes really exciting books.
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This is a good book. Travis starts out as a desperate kid and through trial and error and the love of an uncle he'd never seen before he turned sixteen, he begins to grow into a young man. Family relationships are sensitively handled: parents and children who fight but still love each other, husbands and wives who find themselves in hurtful situations, kids who are trying to figure out the right thing to do and not necessarily being able to do it.
The best part of this book is the juxtaposition of Travis the writer with Travis the tough city kid. Some of the funniest and most exciting parts of the book deal with the way he sees himself in relation to other people.
In addition, the book has a theme of finding true belonging and acceptance, which is a difficult enough thing for anyone. It is definitely one of Hinton's best books, and the most mature.
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