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Taming the Star Runner

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Travis is the epitome of cool, even when he's in trouble. But when he's sent to stay with his uncle on a ranch in the country, he finds that his schoolmates don't like his tough city ways. He does find friendship of a sort with Casey, who runs a riding school at the ranch. She's the bravest person Travis has ever met, and crazy enough to try to tame the Star Runner, her be ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 17th 1989 by Turtleback Books (first published 1988)
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Sarah
This book is about a boy named Travis who almost kills his step dad and is sent to his uncle’s house. While he is at his uncles he finishes a book he is writing and finds a new part of him self. That he will never give up. Even when his step dad won’t let his mom sign the contract saying he can purplish the book he doesn’t give up.

In this book he finds a girl named Casey who is intimidating but at the same time the bravest loveliest girls he has met. She tames a horse called the star runner tha
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Cheryl
Somehow I missed this when I was remembering my favorite authors and catching up on them. It does belong on the same shelf with the author's other YA novels, but at this point in my life I can't say I loved it. I mean, for one thing, there's absolutely no subtlety. And even though there are plenty of struggles, everything just fits together and works out awfully nicely. And there's just too much smoking and drinking, with only nods to consequences. Otoh, it's still a gripping coming-of-age story ...more
William Young
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Jared
I read "Taming the Star Runner" by S. E. Hinton. I thought the book was great. It was set up perfectly. It has a little bit of everything in the book such as action. Travis likes to get into fights and at times they have to catch the Star Runner when it jumps the fence. There is romance between Travis and Casey. There is some comedy just because Travis is only 16 and some of the things he says are still immature at times. There is suspense when Joe shows up on Travis's doorstep looking for help. ...more
Andy
a little boring compared to the other Hinton books.
Alannah Davis
After nearly killing his stepfather, teenaged Travis is sent to live in the country with his uncle. Tough, city-bred Travis finds himself out of his element with life on his uncle's ranch and in the small-town school.

He finds himself fascinated by Casey, the young woman who runs a riding school on the ranch. He grows to admire her tenacity in trying to tame a horse called the Star Runner, who doesn't seem meant to be tamed. Travis feels he himself isn't meant to be tamed.

S.E. Hinton, my favorite
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Addie
Although S.E. Hinton's work in Taming the Star Runner was intriguing and captivated my attention quickly, I felt that the plot became doubtlessly predictable and disorganized while the characters were done and never evolved as an individual. The story begins with Travis, a sixteen year old boy who is practically the definition of cool in his urban hometown, but when he attempts to murder his stepfather he is sent to his uncle's ranch and finds that his tough attitude doesn't cut it. As Travis s ...more
Logan
Taming the Star Runner by S. E. Hinton is a book about a 16 year old kid named Travis who gets in trouble at home and has to move out to his uncle’s ranch in the middle of nowhere. This book was alright but not as great as I expected, especially from an award winning author like S. E. Hinton. One of the reasons why this book ticked me off is because the title is called taming the Star Runner, even though the Star Runner (a horse) has little to nothing to do with the story and even Travis, (spoil ...more
Katie Lowe
i would give it a 4.5- any book about a writer i'm a sucker for. I can get over the crude language because of the very good plot- I'll read other books by this author certainly
Kimberly
Very well written but I just can't give it more than two stars because it felt like it was edited with an axe. I don't know if it was the author or the editor but it felt like they said "your audience is teenagers and they won't have the attention span for this /slash/ or this/slash/". SLASHSLASHSLASH There was more than one place in the book where I turned the page back because I actually thought I had skipped a page.

It left me wishing I could have read the whole story, but unfortunately that
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El Templo de las Mil Puertas
Travis acaba de salir del reformatorio después de haber pasado una corta temporada allí. ¿La razón del internamiento? En un ataque de ira intentó matar a su padrastro cuando descubrió a este quemando todos sus manuscritos. Por eso, ahora lo mandan a vivir al rancho de su tío Ken a las afueras de Tulsa, Arizona. Ken es el hermano del padre de Travis, al que este nunca llegó a conocer. Tanto tío como sobrino esperan encontrar el uno en el otro algo de ese hermano y padre perdidos, aunque como es d ...more
schon710
11/18/12 "Taming the Star Runner" was an dramatic book. I enjoyed it and thought it was spectacular! The storyline is so right on and very relatable to real life. I recommend all my friends to read this book and the other books S.E. Hinton has made. The main character of this book is named Travis. His problem was having to live in the country side where he didn't belong. When he got there things went downhill. He realized he wasn't popular at the new school and was "invisible". Then he couldn't ...more
04dakotac
Do you like to horses? Do you like the old west like Texas? Do you like the author who wrote the outsiders? Well then you will love this book. This is a perfect book for you. This book was introduced in 1988 by S.E Hinton. She wrote this book for young adults. I am not going to tell you the whole book, but I am going to tell you some of the basics about this book.
Travis, is a 5ft, 6in tall young man who has an unhealthy attitude but loves to read and loves leather jackets and blue jeans. He is a
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VampireAngelSadist


Well, it's 1:14 AM right now and I'm bored. So I have decided to write this review right now.

I liked this book, but like other S.E. Hinton books, I find the story completely pointless. Now I've read Rumble Fish and The Outsiders, and both seemed completely pointless at the end. None of them did anything to solve the problem, and there never really was a problem. In this book, there never was a problem. Sure for about, maybe, ten pages? He thinks his mother won't let him publish his book, which
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Karizma D
Basically what this book was about is the main character Travis who lives in the hood he's good looking tall and has his own little group he is real close with them, he kives at home with his mother and his step father Stan who he has never liked. Travis has a secret he never told anyone which is he is a writer he loves writting he takes it very serious. So one day Travis comes home and Stan is alitttle drunk and he says "I thought your mother told you to clean yourb room" Stan was bent over the ...more
Daniel Gomez
Have you ever heard of anyone trying to kill their own stepdad? well you could find out who almost did in the realistic fiction book "Taming The Star Runner". I thought this book was really good. Most books I get bord by just reading the first chapter, but not with this book. It was really interesting and enjoyable.

"Taming the star runner" is about this boy Travis who gets sent off to live with his uncle Ken because he almost kills his stepfather Stan. Travis gets home one day from school and
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Kya Aliana
This book was different from the rest of Hinton's books, though just as enjoyable. You can see her writing evolve more here more than any of her other books. She explores a different kind of depth to the main character and his uncle. It was rather refreshing to read. I expected it to be a lot like one of her other novels, TEX, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it not repetitive at all.
S.E. Hinton was my very first favorite author. She was the first person to make go "What else did she write
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Rylen Hershey
Taming the Star Runner is a very good book, but what by S.E. Hinton isn't? Intriguing with a little bit of drama, and plenty of surprises. Very quick read, I read it in one sitting, which is very rare for me. My only complaint is for about two chapters near the end of the book, at a horse race, there are a lot of new words that are sprung at you, which is a little confusing. Very good and can't wait to read more by S.E. Hinton.
Hailey Busath
This book is about a boy named Travis who is prone to getting into trouble. He goes to stay on a ranch in the country with his uncle. He soon finds that he doesn't fit in with the "country way." Travis comes from the city and can tell his peers don't accept him. He meets Casey, who runs a riding school at his uncles ranch and becomes good friends with her. She teaches him a lot about who he is and shows him how to take chances. Travis meets the horse, Star Runner, that Casey is trying to Tame. T ...more
Ardit
I choose to read "Taming the Star Runner" because I have read most of S.E. Hinton so that is why I decided to read "Taming the Star Runner." This story is about a boy named Travis and he has a really horrible attitude. He gets sent to this Uncle's ranch and he doesn't have any friends and he can't find any friends because of his horrible attitude. He turn out to find a girl,named Casey, who has a has a riding school in the ranch. Casey also has a beautiful and dangerous horse named Star Runner. ...more
Manuk Manukyan
I chose this book because my friend recommended it to me, because he knew that I liked The Outsiders a lot. This book is about a 16-year boy named Travis who often has issues with his stepfather, which later leads him into almost killing him. As a result of their conflict, Travis has to move in with his uncle who he hasn't seen in years, and who is having family problems him self. My favorite quote was "I’m scared of the plane. I’m scared to get on the goddamn plane." I really liked this quote b ...more
Emmili
Taming the Star Runner is told from the point of view of Travis Harris. Travis is a 16 year old kid who hopes to become a author. Growing up Travis loves to tell stories, and decides to start writing. Everyday he comes home, and writes on his typewriter. One day when Travis comes home early from school he finds his step dad burning all of his pieces of writing. Travis's reaction to it makes everything change. He lives in a new world, and he doesn't fit in, while back at home he used to be the co ...more
Connor
Taming the start runner by S.E. Hinton is about a boy named travis and he got sent away from his home because he tried to kill his step father. Now he is living with his uncle out in the middle of nowhere with his uncle and his son. Travis is about to get his book published and he just got a job at the horse barn, where they train horse riders to ride horses. Travis almost got kicked out of his uncles house for raging and throwing a phone at his uncles ex wife and her son, travis didn't even mea ...more
Veronica
This is my second favorite S.E. Hinton book, right after 'The Outsiders'. Other than the end chapter (which I found lackluster and odd), I really enjoyed reading this book.
Kate Lattey
"His boot felt empty without his knife in it." How's that for an opening line?

I really love this book. I always enjoy Hinton's characters, but I also ride horses myself (and teach, and write about them) and it was obvious to me very quickly that Hinton knows horses, and what it's like to work with them. There is no glamour here, just the hard yards of life behind the scenes at a working barn.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read, it is (in my opinion) a vastly underrat
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Julia B:)
If I could rate this book 2 1/2 stars I would. just like The outsiders this book did not exactly have a point. There wasn't really a problem in the book except for a few minor ones like when Travis, the main character, doesn't like his dad (a few pages), can't tame a horse(few pages), and has to have book signed by stepdad(maybe 1 or 2 chapters). But besides that the book was nicely written out and you should read it if you liked the book The Outsiders. The book went by too fast but was enjoyabl ...more
Emily - This star won't go out
May 18, 2009 Emily - This star won't go out rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: almost anyone
Recommended to Emily - This star won't go out by: I sorta found it myself
This is a good book. It's different from the other Hinton books I've read. For one thing, it's in third person. For another, it doesn't take place in some ghetto. It was interesting to see how she took on these challenges of trying a new writing style. In some places it was a little awkward, but for the most part, I really liked it =)

Those of you who have read the book - I wasn't sure I liked how she didn't do much with the Star Runner, but then I thought, "Maybe Travis is the Star Runner." What
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CJ
Possibly my favorite of her books when I was reading them as a teenager. This is probably one of very few books I have read twice.

It is in this one the main character becomes a published writer and ends up living on a ranch moving from the big city. I like that S. E. Hinton puts some little things about herself in the story (it turns out she has dreams about characters she writes as well, just like Travis the main character). One of her best and longest books.
Margo
S. E. Hinton is a genius. This book is beautiful and I loved it.
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