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Tex Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1989

4.4 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

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Easygoing, thoughtless, and direct, Tex at fifteen likes everyone and everything, especially his horse, Negrito, and Johnny Collins's blue-eyed sister, Jamie. He thinks life with his seventeen-year-old brother, Mason, in their ramshackle house would be just about perfect if only Mace would stop complaining about Pop. Pop hasn't been home in five months. Mace wants to get out of Oklahoma. Tex just seems to attract trouble and daneger . . . Suddenly everything's falling apart. Can Tex keep it all together?

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Easygoing, thoughtless, and direct, Tex at fifteen likes everyone and everything, especially his horse, Negrito, and Johnny Collins's blue-eyed sister, Jamie. He thinks life with his seventeen-year-old brother, Mason, in their ramshackle house would be just about perfect if only Mace would stop complaining about Pop. Pop hasn't been home in five months. Mace wants to get out of Oklahoma. Tex just seems to attract trouble and daneger . . . Suddenly everything's falling apart. Can Tex keep it all together?
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (October 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440978505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440978503
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. Hunter-Selbrede on September 26, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
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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By A Customer on May 2, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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I wish this woman had continued to write. As a young lady (16), she wrote a best seller "The Outsiders" which became a really great movie that launched several major stars we live with today. She then wrote several more books along the same lines. Meaning they revolved around youth and the angst most teens go through trying to be a part of something and trying to understand how they were going to "Become" someone of merit and of use in the world they found themselves living in. "Tex" is one of them. What do I love especially? How the author writes. She seems to be able to wrap you up in the narrative. Like your part of it. The dialog is so real, so logical and easy to relate to. The stories she writes are also pristine in their emotional context. I just wish there were more of them.
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