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Rusty-James is the top tough guy among junior high kids, but what he wants most of all is to be just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy, the toughest, most respected streetfighter.
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Overview

Rusty-James is the top tough guy among junior high kids, but what he wants most of all is to be just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy, the toughest, most respected streetfighter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440975342
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.88 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

S. E. Hinton wrote her first novel, The Outsiders, when she was 16. She was the recipient of the ALA’s first Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors authors “whose books have provided young adults with a window through which they can view their world and which will help them to grow and to understand themselves and their role in society.” The author lives in Tulsa, OK.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Great Story For Years To Come

    Rumble Fish is a fine book that is trying to send a message about the gang violence that she was against that took place in cities. The book is definitely aimed for teens that are around the age of the characters. Everyone should read it, though. If you're a fan of action-packed fight scenes, you'll enjoy this book, but if you enjoy a more sophisticated read, this isn't for you. The story is based on a fourteen year-old named Rusty James. He is the toughest in the neighborhood and has an older brother called the Motorcycle Boy. But things take a turn for the worst, and Motorcycle Boy can't exactly help him. S.E. Hinton does a great job at making the reader live through the scenes and the thoughts of Rusty. It doesn't quite compare to "The Outsiders," but it is a modern classic and deserves recognition. I ranked it four stars because it's almost too easy to read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2010

    Pretty Awesome Book!

    Rumble Fish was all together a good book that tries to send a message to people about violence. The book was an interesting, thriller book. The book was exciting and I didn't want it to end. The main characters are Rusty James, Steve, and The Motorcycle Boy. Rusty James is a fourteen year old who loves to fight. He wants to be like his brother, The Motorcycle Boy, a tough guy. Rusty James relies on The Motorcycle Boy to bail him out when he's in trouble, but he can't always do that anymore. S.E. Hinton did a good job writing this book. The plot was crazy, but interesting. Rusty James and The Motorcycle Boy are courageous and interesting characters. The theme of the book was a dark and tough place, a really good job! Rumble Fish had an interesting, but weird ending. The ending left me asking myself, is that it? I read the book in three days, and I say it's one of the best books I've ever read. I read another one of S.E. Hinton's books a while ago. "The Outsiders" is a pretty good book, but not as good as "Rumble Fish." This book is for guys who are teens and love action/fighting books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Amazing

    I am 12 years old and I loved this book. It is amazing and emotional. I am just in awe and................. I love it. Mr.hilton please right a book to me like this one. You are amazing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    Rumble Fish

    Rumble Fish is one of the few books that I've enjoyed reading. I guess I like it so much because it's about another low life gang member. A lot of people don't think that their stories are important or meaningful, but they are. I thought it was interesting because at the end one of those low life criminals did something he believed was morally right.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Okay Writing

    Rumble Fish is about a kid who relies on his fists instead his head, and relies on his older brother to bail him out of those extremely troubling events. It's more in the category of 'That Was Then, This Is Now!' but didn't really have those Outsiders spinoffs. It lost me after a little bit.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Tayy

    Loved it so much and i didnt realize until the middle of the book that Motorcycle Boy and Rusty James are brothers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Tribe of Deepest Thunder

    ~ Storm Clouds at Night

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Great book!!!

    My mind has just been blown. I thought that motorcycle boy was awsome at first. Then I'm like he's a physco. Then I'm like that just the way he rolls. But I really think he might be just plain special. I hope Rusty James didn't end up like him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Firestar

    He walked in

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Rumble Fish, Rusty is one of the characters in the book and is t

    Rumble Fish, Rusty is one of the characters in the book and is the main character in Rumble Fish. Rusty has an old friend named Steve he ran into. Rusty has been studying to become a high school teacher. He is scared of what happen to them when his old friend Steve invited him to dinner. James has been around, but not since he has been getting out of reformatting after servey years. Steve remembers of how much trouble they had got into and what has happen to them. Rusty stops by his girlfriend house, after Steve goes home. Patty rusty girlfriend, mother has to work night shift as a nurse. Patty has to baby-sit her little brothers. Rusty has been to the lake with his friends recently and has lied to patty that there were no girls there and patty got really mad at him. Rusty thinks he’s one of the dumbest kids in school. He’s in grad school and he thinks they separate the kids from smart to the dumbest. James found out his mother is in the hospital from a stroke. James is really upset and does’nt know what to do, he is really stressed out now with his mom in the hospital and school. James is always hanging out with Bendy; they are either playing pool or just hanging together. Rusty wants to be like his older brother. James was a fighter never thought it twice, he a had a quick temper. Rusty Just doesn’t  think before he do. Patty and Rusty made out and Rusty Just fell asleep afterwards. He’s supposed to fight Biff at 8:00, but he woke up at 7:30. Rusty always made a promise to Patty that he wasn’t going to fight any more, but he couldn’t just turn this down and be a punk. Biff really wants to kill Rusty for no reason and if there was a reason it was stupid. Biff and Rusty are to meet each other in vacant lot behind pet store. Rusty was warned  to be careful because Biff might come to vacant lot deep, but rusty wasn’t worried he was going to come deep.
    Alexis Daye

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    So this book is about a boy and his friends. He thinks he is tou

    So this book is about a boy and his friends. He thinks he is toughest boy and nobody can stop him. But when he does get in trouble he always has one friend that makes everything better again. One day he gets a wakeup call and that boy is no longer can take care of him and get him out of trouble. He wants to be like his friend so bad that he will do anything he says and he tries to act all tough.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Title of review: Motorcycle Boy

    Book Review Outline
    Book title and author: Rumblefish by S.E Hinton
    Number of stars (1 to 5):
    Introduction
    This book is about a kid who leads a gang and when they fight we all know it won't be a walk in the park from then on.

    Description and summary of main points
    The main point of the book would have to be the Motorcycle Boy.
    Evaluation
    Every page in this book packed full of action and there wasn't a boring point in the story and I just couldn't believe that it was over so quickly .
    Conclusion
    This book is one of my favorite books and I will always wonder what happened after the end.
    Your final review
    I couldn't do this review without telling you that you also should read this book from cover to cover and you will never regret doing it.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    Great summer reading

    This is a great summer reading book. Rumble Fish is about a boy named Rusty-James who wants to live up to his brothers reputation. His brother is called the Motorcycle Boy and his reputation is the toughest kid in the world so Rusty-James is always fighting people so that he can be like his brother. Rusty-James fights everyone to try to be like his brother. The biggest fight in the story is when Biff and Rusty-James fight. During the fight biff pulls out a knife and slices Rusty-James. Even after this he still wants to be like the Motorcycle Boy until he reaches a conclusion. S.E. Hinton does a great job of using imagery words to help you create a mental picture of the setting. You actually felt like you were there. This was an overall good book and was easy to read and I would recommend it to anyone who like a lot of action, and this book is geared toward teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2009

    alsome, cool, amazing, sweet,

    Rusty James meets a boy named the motorcycle boy and he helps every one with their problems. And then one day he disappears for a while. And the one day rusty James gets in a fight with biff and then rusty James takes biff down and then the motorcycle boy shows up and rusty James goes over to the motorcycle boy and then he starts talking to him mean while biff gets up with a knife and starts going toward rusty, and rusty James turns around and biff slices him with his knife. Then at the end of the story he gets a conclusion.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

    Rumble Fish

    Rumble Fish is a story about a young boy who relies on his fists rather than his brains. He strives off his brother, the Motorcycle Boy, reputation of the tough kid. I liked Rumble Fish beacuse it has a lot of interesting events and always kept me entertained. Rusty is the toughest kid on town, but his reputation rides on his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy. The Motorcycle Boy is always there when Rusty gets into situations too big for him to handle. This all changes when a series of unfortunate events takes place, and Rusty's reputation is threatened. But this time, the Motorcycle Boy isn't there to defend him.
    Over all, I liked this book. The plot always kept me entertained and wanting to read more. The characters were mysterious and interesting. This made me want to know more about them. Tjis book has a good theme for teens. The style fit what I like but I found it hard to figure out the setting. I haven't read any other books by S.E. Hinton, but after reading this one I would like to. I liked Rumble Fish because it had interesting events and kept me entertained. I would recommend this book to teens who like fighting and gangs.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    This was terrible.

    Having to be forced into reading this novel for my summer reading, I picked this book up and started right away. After about five pages, I hated it. I know that S.E is writing in the characters perspective, but the grammar was so bad- it was hard to follow! There was NO plot that I can imagine (except the little obstacles). It was terrible, had a somewhat O.K ending. But in conclusion, this is the worst book I have ever read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Rumble fish

    I think this book is not as good as thought it would be. I rate this book a 1.5

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2008

    an incredible book

    everyone likes the outsiders, but really i think its overplayed. yes, it was good, and is assigned in most junior high english classes, but they should really explore SE Hinton's other works. That was then, this is now, and Rumble fish, are SE Hinton's best works. I've read all of SE Hinton's young adult novels, and this was the most incredible. It bothered me though, and left me with an edgy raw feeling, which is typical to her books, at least for me. Rusty James wants to be like his big brother so badly, but just because hes cool. He doesn't understand the motorcycle boy, not really. He's built up a momentum, although he might not realize it. Things come apart at the end, but its really all been building up. Rusty James follows in his brothers footsteps in the end though, although not the way he expected. Rumble fish, the title, i think refers to both of them, fighting with themselves, (which siamese fighting fish do)against who they really are. but both end up who they are whether they like it or not at the end. They both end up alone, and really blocked from the world. Its an absolutely amazing book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    Amazing book

    Well I love this book. It's a great book. I enjoyed it and recommend it for many readers. Im a big fan of S.E Hinton books. she is an amazing author and has interested me in becoming an author. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

    A REALLY GOOD BOOK

    'Some day I'm gonna look just like him.' Rusty James is the number one tough guy on his side of the bridge. He wants to be just like his older brother, The Motorcycle boy, but everyone says he will never look like him. Rusty James grew up a tough guy but when things got out of control, The Motercycle boy was there to back him up. But he wasn't going to be able to do it everytime. I think you would like this book if you like books with action, fights, gangs, and drama. I felt that this book is a good book, because I could relate to it. In my old town I was a tough guy and I had someone to back me up.

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