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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Recorded Books Inc. (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788735330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788735332
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,709,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Eloise Hinton's career as an author began while she was still a student at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Disturbed by the divisions among her schoolmates into two groups--the Greasers and the Socs--Hinton wrote The Outsiders, an honest, sometimes shocking novel told from the point of view of an orphaned 14-year-old Greaser named Ponyboy Curtis. Since her narrator was male, it was decided that Hinton use only her first initials so as not to put off boys who would not normally read books written by women. The Outsiders was published during Hinton's freshman year at the University of Tulsa, and was an immediate sensation.Today, with more than eight million copies in print, the book is the best-selling young adult novel of all time, and one of the most hauntingly powerful views into the thoughts and feelings of teenagers. The book was also made into a film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring such future stars as Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, and Tom Cruise.Once published, The Outsiders gave her a lot of publicity and fame, and also a lot of pressure. S.E. Hinton was becoming known as "The Voice of the Youth" among other titles. This kind of pressure and publicity resulted in a three year long writer's block.Her boyfriend (and now, her husband), who had gotten sick of her being depressed all the time, eventually broke this block. He made her write two pages a day if she wanted to go anywhere. This eventually led to That Was Then, This Is Now.In the years since, Ms. Hinton has married and now has a teenaged son, Nick. She continues to write, with such smash successes as That Was Then, This Is Now, Rumble Fish and Tex, almost as well known as The Outsiders. She still lives in Tulsa with her husband and son, where she enjoys writing, riding horses, and taking courses at the university.In a wonderful tribute to Hinton's distinguished 30-year writing career, the American Library Association and School Library Journal bestowed upon her their first annual Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors authors whose "book or books, over a period of time, have been accepted by young people as an authentic voice that continues to illuminate their experiences and emotions, giving insight into their lives."

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The characters are rich and full of depth.
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I can really relate to many parts of the book, like when Tex gets hit for looking for his horse.
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8, 2004 and gave it 1 * what are you thinking this book is awesome Read It!!!!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By T. Hunter-Selbrede on September 26, 2005
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I read this and the other S.E. Hinton staple books ("The Outsiders," "That Was Then, This is Now," and "Rumble Fish") repeatably as a teenager. This is one of the few Hinton books that will not seem as dated as others, as it is set in more of a country setting rather than city.

Of all of Hinton's protagonists, Tex is by far the most innocent and sweet, even referred to as Bambi by another character. More remarkably, Tex comes out of this book retaining that sweetness while coming to terms with a less than innocent discovery. Simply put, he a good boy repeatedly in the wrong time at the wrong place. He loves his horse and resents it bitterly when his older brother is forced to sell it in order for them to survive. They have an absentee father riding the rodeo circuit, and Tex's older brother has been forced to give up a basketball scholarship to attend to Tex's upbringing. As the book continues, his brother becomes increasingly frustrated and even violent, moreso than circumstances would call for. It is only when their father returns home, resulting in an argument between father and older brother, that a haunting secret comes out, causing Tex to run away.

Per his character, he runs to the wrong place at the wrong time, the city and an old friend of his brother who has built a life dealing drugs. The already upset Tex unwittingly arrives at a drug-deal gone bad, getting shot in the process. The shooting ironically causes a healing for his family, and an acceptance of the truth. The whole family learns to look past it and move on, growing.

Sharp-eyed readers will be able to find out what happened to Mark from "That Was Then, This is Now," as well as his particular relationship to Tex, unbeknownst to all.

I intend to give this to my son soon, for its lessons of blood being thicker than water, the dangers of drugs, and the inevitableness of growing up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2003
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The book Tex, by S. H. Hinton, is an interesting book about a teenage boy whose life is full of complication. He is easy going, careless, and believes everything would be perfect if his brother would stop complaining about their father. Throughout the book, Tex and his older brother Mason face many obstacles and problems. Many of the two brothers' problems are due to the absence and influence of their father. He has been gone for over five months. His brother, Mason, takes care of Tex, and serves as the authority figure and role model of the home while their father is gone. Tex loves his brother very much, but does not understand why he wants to leave.
Throughout the story, S. E. Hinton does an extraordinary job of making his audience feel exactly what the characters in the story are. As the characters go through the story they feel many different things. Some of these feelings include love, hate, and lots of confusion. He does an interesting job of helping the readers to understand what is going on inside the mind of the fifteen-year-old. He moves each character through the story in such a way that it makes the reader not want to put down the book. The story is filled with much emotion as Tex and his brother face their many problems.
Tex's problems begin as soon as his brother sells his horse. Then, only after a hitchhiker kidnaps them, do the brothers begin to really pull together. This life threatening ordeal brings them closer to each other. Along with an interesting storyline, S. E. Hinton does a wonderful job of helping the reader to understand what is going on. With many twists and turns, the storyline becomes clear and the book becomes more intriguing to read.
This is a great book for young readers who do not want to read a lengthy book, but one that delivers much feeling and emotion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 15, 2002
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This is a great book. This story centers around Tex, a fifteen year-old boy who lives with his eighteen year-old brother on their father's ranch out west. Tex wonders everyday when his father will return. Later in the story, Tex learns that there are two kinds of people, those going, and those staying. In the end of the story, Tex learns that even life with his brother is better than life on the streets.
This book is set apart by its complex and colorful characters. The book is written with dialogue that sounds like any small town in the American West. The plot takes several intriguing twists, making for a very engrossing story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 11, 2006
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In this book, there is a kid named Texas, and he is fifteen. At the beginning of the story, everything is going his way. Later it all started to go downhill; everything went wrong. Texas and his older brother Mason were running out of money. Things just keep getting worse.

I really liked this book. There was lots of action throughout the whole book. I got really confused a few times in the book, and I would have to go back and reread the part a few times so that I knew what was going on. I think that it takes a few chapters to get into the story so if you're like that, don't give up on it. Trust me, the book gets really good. After the first couple of chapters, I just couldn't put it down! I recommend this book to anybody that likes to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2001
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After Rumble Fish, S.E Hinton took a nine-year break from writing and got married, and gave birth to her son, David. After those nine years, she came back into the Young Adult scene with a vengeance; this time in the form of a sweet fifteen year old cowboy named Tex McCormick. Like The Outsiders, That Was Then, and Rumble Fish, Tex has the overall theme of a teenage boy growing up, but what makes this one different is the amazingly matured style of writing the author has developed. S.E Hinton was surprisingly able to change her usual downtown setting into the country in a vivid and realistic way. Though it was mildly refered to in her previous writings, this is the first of Susan's novels to openly portray sex as one of many ponderings and reflections in Tex's typical teenage mind. Another change is the style of character she uses. Tex McCormick is different from Rusty James, Ponyboy, Bryon, and Mark- he's definitely not as tough, and doesn't smoke regularly (although he says he wants "to get around to it sometime"). I had to give it four stars because of the lack of storyline in the book. There's isn't really a solid foundation to it, but it is made up simply by the innocent way Tex describes what he sees, feels and does. I loved reading about the way he described falling in love for the first time with Jamie. Overall this was an awesome book, not really a drama but a more or less a smart-witted, adorable, and extremely humorous tale of a boy who looks at life and its troubles through rose-colored glasses.
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