- Audio CD
- Publisher: Recorded Books Inc. (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402523424
- ISBN-13: 978-1402523427
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 6.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,290,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taming the Star Runner Audio CD – Audiobook, 1995
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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.Read more ›
I recommend this book highly!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Basic, not what I was expecting from the author of Tex and The Outsiders. No real development of the characters or sense that this was a complete story.Published 10 months ago by JJW
Purchased by school district. Didn't hear any complaints from the teacher (and I would), so assume all's good.Published 17 months ago by CJ Harris
The characters come alive, the scenery is vivid, the storyline is catching. Only one complaint, too much cursing. Read morePublished 18 months ago by nobull_tex
The item came as described on the ad. It wasn't a prime shipping item but it came quicker than the expected delivery date. Made a great Christmas stocking stufferPublished 19 months ago by Nicki
this was purchased for my daughters 7th grade summer reading. she enjoyed reading itPublished 21 months ago by Amy Jewart
This was a GREAT read for my daughter, she enjoyed it very much. She wants S.E. Hinton to write more.Published on January 7, 2014 by Kathleen E. Bessman