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S.E. Hinton
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Taming the Star Run

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  2,827 Ratings  ·  134 Reviews
Travis is the coolest kid in school, but no one seems to notice him. The only person that interests him is Casey. She's the bravest person Travis has ever met, brave enough to try to tame her horse, Star Runner. But Travis and Star Runner are two of a kind: creatures not meant to be tamed.
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1988)
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Sep 24, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
William Young
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Oct 12, 2007 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a little boring compared to the other Hinton books.
Feb 26, 2015 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 15, 2015 Addie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Rea K
I read this one year in grade school, and I vaguely remember that my teacher said that some of his other students who read it found things that they considered... offensive or some shit. Yeah, I don't know what those kids were reading at the time, but this was pretty damn tame. Even as an eighth grader I'd read some pretty sketchy books.
Katie Lowe
Dec 13, 2013 Katie Lowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 27, 2015 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 31, 2017 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought SE Hinton wrote about gangs, but I've only read the Outsiders, so that might be wrong. I liked how this book went a step past what I thought it would be about. The 16 year old kid gets sent to live with his uncle in Texas (I think) and starts working with horses. He has a tarnished reputation from his past with his stepfather and other shenanigans, so it's kind of a blessing that he can start over (I think anyway). His uncle has his own problems with a divorce and a young son, so I was ...more
Jun 03, 2017 Kayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personally, I really recommend this book! I really enjoyed the bits about Travis talking about his book :)
May 22, 2017 Kaci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one, I think my second favorite of the Hinton's novels.
Georgia Foristal
Jul 11, 2017 Georgia Foristal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rate this about a 4.2 or 4.3
Jan 30, 2017 Cherie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eh...this book doesn't have strong characters or a strong plot. Okay for the middle school library.
Sep 27, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Travis does not get along well with his step father and his stepfather hated when Travis wrote. Travis was a really good writer and was waiting for his book to be published when he got in trouble for almost killing his stepfather in a fight. Travis was ten sent to live with his uncle Ken for a while. The first night at his uncles they went to Dairy Queen and ate and while they were waiting to get their food Travis saw a couple cute girls and asked them for a cigarette and one gave him a dollar ...more
Karizma D
Oct 21, 2013 Karizma D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This book was just OK. To be fair I rate all S.E. Hinton's book by my love for The Outsiders and this is no comparison. That being said this was a fairly typical, semi-real-life teen book with a little too much drama from 1988.

This is the story of Travis a "punk kid" of about 15/16 (I 'm really not sure because I read at least 2 instances were he was one pr the other and maybe he had a birthday or something). He pretty popular at his city school and spends a lot of time boozing and smoking ciga
Daniel Gomez
Nov 15, 2013 Daniel Gomez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2016 Haley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading Taming the Star Runner. The book, to me at least, was not the most thought provoking of S. E. Hinton's novels, but it still was very interesting.

The parts about Travis, a sixteen year old boy, trying to sell his novel were probably my favorite parts. I really liked how Hinton put in parts very similar to herself and her publication story into Travis' character. You could tell that she knew a lot about what she was talking about, and it made everything about the publicati

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
Heidi Hardel
Sep 16, 2016 Heidi Hardel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. She is my favorite author anyway so I knew I would love this book. Once you start reading one of her books you won’t want to stop reading it. All of her books, including this one, just takes to you a different place and almost feels like your in the book.There is always a good background to the main person in the book and in S.E Hinton books they over come there past. To become better but sometimes that is not always the case their life just completely changes around.

In the
Taming the Star Runner is S.E. Hinton's most recent young adult book, even though it is now three decades old. Like her other four young adult books - including her most famous book, The Outsiders - Star Runner is set in Oklahoma. Star Runner tells the story of Travis, a sixteen-year-old who is relocated from the city to live with his uncle on a ranch outside of Tulsa. He is an aspiring author with a checkered past and a wild side, and the novel is his story of growing up.

I have not read any of
Jul 21, 2015 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taming The Star Runner by S.E Hinton is about a sixteen year old boy named Travis, who is considered as one of the coolest people in his home town. But most people don't know that Travis loves to write stories and wants to be an author. One day Travis ends up getting in trouble with his stepfather, so his mother sends him to live with his uncle for a year. His uncle lives on a horse farm and rents the barn to an eighteen year old girl named Casey. Casey is trying to tame this huge and very wild ...more
Sep 30, 2011 04dakotac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-reports
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
Nov 10, 2012 schon710 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7th-grade-shelf
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
Fiona R
I want to automatically love any book by the author of The Outsiders, but I had mixed feelings about this one.

Travis is sent to stay on his uncle's ranch (a better alternative than the youth detention centre he was heading for) and it comes as a shock to him that his good looks and swagger don't win him any friends. He's good with animals, though, and falls for Casey, who runs a riding school. He's impressed with her bravery as she tries to tame the Star Runner and relates to her force of will,
Chase B.
Dec 21, 2016 Chase B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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El Templo
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
Kya Aliana
Mar 08, 2012 Kya Aliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 01, 2013 Ardit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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