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Author of the 1967 YA bestseller The Outsiders and its sequels, several children's books and the adult novel Hawkes Harbor (2004), Hinton offers a thin collection of 14 connected short-short stories that explore the divergent lives of two close cousins whose fathers are killed in car accident when the boys are adolescents. When the cousins are both 25, a drug deal goes wrong: Terry is imprisoned, while Mike gets away, living a fugitive life in Oklahoma as a bartender and bouncer. The tales move back and forth in time: "The Sweetest Sound" describes nine-year-old Mike's being awakened during the night when his father, a war vet, cries out in his sleep; while "Full Moon Birthday" finds the boys sharing Mike's first legal drink and a friendly older woman. Later stories delve into Mike's dead-end, often dangerous job at the bar, and his attempt at striking up a friendship with his pretty adult-ed instructor. Finally, Terry gets out of prison to a tense homecoming. Hinton is clearly aiming for terse, but what's here feels bare bones; interviews with the author take up more space than these plainspoken tales. (Apr.)
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About the Author

S. E. Hinton's career as an author began while she was still a student in high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Disturbed by the clashes of the two gangs in her high school, the Greasers and the Socs, Hinton wrote The Outsiders, an honest, sometimes shocking novel told from the point of view of a 14-year-old Greaser names Ponyboy Curtis. The Outsiders was published during Hinton's freshman year at college, and was an immediate sensation. The book was also made into a film in 1983, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring budding young stars Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, and Rob Lowe. The overnight success of The Outsiders brought a lot of pressure, resulting in a three-year-long writer's block. Her boyfriend (now husband) eventually helped break this block by suggesting she write two pages a day before going anywhere. This ultimately led to her second novel, That Was Then, This Is Now, which was also made into a film in 1985, starring Emilio Estevez. Ms. Hinton went on to write several other novels, including Rumble Fish and Tex. In 1988, she was awarded the first ever Margaret A. Edwards Award, given in honor of "an author 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." S. E. Hinton still lives in Oklahoma with her husband, where she enjoys writing, riding horses, and taking courses at the university.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Oklahoma Stories & Storytellers Series
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (April 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142411957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142411957
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By arb on August 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
S.E. Hinton has collected a powerful group of stories, all under one thousand words, revolving around cousins Mike and Terry, who are as close as brothers. When prison separates them, their lives take different turns, and they have to learn to live with what has changed them.

Her writing is taut and expressive in all of her fiction, but the tight confines of short story writing has really brought out some of Hinton's best work. The stories are filled with an emotional resonance that stays with the reader.

Longtime fans will appreciate the second half of the book, which contains interviews with Hinton regarding all of her fiction, as well as the movies they inspired.

This book is a must-have for fans of S.E. Hinton, and for those new to her writing this is a wonderful introduction to the types of characters and themes she excels in writing about.
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So disappointed in this one by an author who use to be a favorite! I read The Outsiders so many times that I actually went through about four copies of the paperback! Same thing with her book Tex. This one just fell so incredibly short and flat to me.

I don't see the emotion or the connection with the characters in this one- and it felt like the characters were just shadows of people going through random spots of time! I don't know of that was as a result of the disjointed fact that these were really just a bunch of disjointed short stories loosely held together by common characters or if the author has just lost her touch. Heck maybe I have just grown up and move on past Hinton's story telling techniques. Either way- it just was not something I enjoyed.
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S.E. Hinton's juvenile delinquents have grown up. In this series of tales one of them is doing hard time. Set in Oklahoma these are good ole boys who party hard, have hangovers the next morning, then drink hair of the dog. A small short story collection the interviews with the author that make up more than half the book are for rabid fans only.
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Being a big fan of S.E. Hinton's past novels (the Outsiders and That Was Then, This is Now, etc) I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I was not disappointed. Whilst it is different from her past works, it is indeed a wonderful book. Some of Tim's Stories is written as a series of short stories about the lives of close cousins Terry and Mike, but from Mike's viewpoint. The book starts off recounting two young boys busting to grow up so they can join their fathers on a yearly trip. It starts with hope, exuberance and boyhood expectation but life doesn't always go the way you with it will. There is an underlying sadness to these stories that builds as the tale is told. Whilst there is no feel-good ending, it is without doubt a book that will leaving you thinking long after you put it down.
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Another great write from SE Hinton. I couldn't put it down! The writing reminded me a lot of her early book "Tex" but directed at an dult audience. The raw emotion pulls you in. You cannot help but feel for the Mike (the main character) and his struggles. Extraordinary writing. I was sad when I reached the end. I recommend!
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Excellent writing from S.E. Hinton as always. Mike and Terry are interesting characters that are similar to Bryon and Mark in That Was Then, This Is Now. And there's an interview with S.E. Hinton in this book too and she gives insight about her novels.
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What a treat to have these stories by S.E. Hinton, a natural writer,
and one of the few writers kids are drawn to like a magnet, and it isn't just that she is so readable - many writers are - but that she writes about what many feel is the `real' world, with characters that have feelings we can all recognize as ones we know too well.

These stories about two close cousins, follow them through differing
episodes of their lives; the stories are alive with their joys and pain and we think of our own, and are thankful we have S.E. Hinton to help us realize these.
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