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S. E. Hinton
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6 Aug 2013

From the best-selling author of The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton's Taming the Star Runner explores loneliness and the need to belong, and the inevitability of change--universal struggles associated with coming-of-age. This edition includes a new and exclusive Author's Note.

Travis is the epitome of cool, especially when he's in trouble. But when he's sent to stay on his uncle's ranch, he finds that his tough attitude doesn't make him any friends, and his city survival skills are no match for the unforgiving land. He does find friendship of a sort with Casey, who runs a riding school. She's the bravest person Travis has ever met, and crazy enough to try to tame the Star Runner, her beautiful and dangerous horse, always on edge and about to explode--like Travis himself.

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  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; Reprint edition (6 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385376669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385376662
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taming The Star Runner 18 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:School & Library Binding
This is another great book from a great author. It concerns Travis, whose life undergoes many changes in a relatively short time. He has to move to the country to live with his Uncle after a run in with his step-father.There he goes from being one of the coolest kids in school to finding out that social status is not necessarily a personal choice. He also starts hanging around a stables where he meets Casey and her Demon-like horse 'The Star Runner'.
While it is in no way autobiographical, S E Hinton seems to have drawn a lot from personal experience as Travis is a writer whose first novel is about to be published.
I loved this book because like 'The Outsiders' and 'Tex', it has a good storyline with likeable characters. It is very different from both 'Rumble Fish' and 'That Was Then, This Is Now' as it is not hard to understand and it has a good ending.
S E Hinton is one of my favourite authors and I think with this book she is running true to form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The recipient loved it. 10 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Choices or fate? 30 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Adult characters frequent more in this book, giving another level of consideration to the young characters.
Travis goes to live with his uncle on his father's side, to put as much distance between him and his step-dad as possible.
Travis has written a book, fallen in love, spent time with a three year old and has had his old life smack him from behind. He learns from the bottom up to be his own person in a world that he would have never chosen for himself, but would never leave now for his old life.
Taming the Star Runner is a book with awareness for others and liking the way it feels...sometimes.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read the others, starting with RUMBLE FISH 6 Sep 2003
By Bradley R. Cook - Published on Amazon.com
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. Here, when Travis' uncle finds out that he has written a novel and it's been accepted for publication, he says, "Kid, you don't strike me as the kind who could write a compound sentence, much less a novel."
Well, yeah. That's how he strikes me, too.
So what ABOUT the novel that Travis wrote? We're given nothing except that Travis would often spend weekends holed up in his room, writing, while his doofus friends wondered what he was up to. Then Travis tells his editor he dreams about his characters as if they're people he knows, but the reader gets almost no information about them at all.
Writing a novel must take a great deal of persistence, intelligence, passion, and creativity, and Travis exhibits none of these through his actions in the story. When the time comes for him to prove his strength and courage, HInton throws in - GUESS WHAT! - a fire. She already did this, and it worked, in THE OUTSIDERS. This time it comes off as a cheap rip-off of a better novel. And one she wrote, yet!
One last note: About the time STAR RUNNER was published, there were a number of young adult novels that came out that were based on the same premise: If you just take a wayward lad out of the big, bad city and give him a horse to love and take care of - and make him do some hard manual labor such as only ranchers ever see - he'll turn from a delinquent into a strong, upstanding American who knows the value of hard work, blah, blah, blah. S.L. Rottman, for example, is just one of a slew of authors who wrote a forgetable novel, HERO, just like this.
Come on, Susy! You wrote TEX, for crying out loud. You know better.
And your readers expect better from you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! 11 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"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!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the best story I have ever read. 13 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason's Review 20 Oct 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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mature Hinton 21 Mar 2002
By Penny Thoughtful - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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