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by S. E. Hinton

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From the best-selling author of The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton's Tex explores friendships, conflict, depression, self-destructive behavior, and truth and acceptance. This edition includes a new and exclusive Author's Note.

Easygoing and reckless, Tex, likes everyone and everything, especially his horse, Negrito, and Johnny Collins'

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From the best-selling author of The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton's Tex explores friendships, conflict, depression, self-destructive behavior, and truth and acceptance. This edition includes a new and exclusive Author's Note.

Easygoing and reckless, Tex, likes everyone and everything, especially his horse, Negrito, and Johnny Collins' blue-eyed sister, Jamie. Life with his older brother, Mason, would be just about perfect if only he would stop complaining about Pop, who hasn't been home in five months.  While Mason worries about paying the bills and getting a basketball scholarship—his ticket out of Oklahoma—Tex just seems to attract trouble. When everything seems to be falling apart, how can Tex find a way to keep things together?

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grizzly3 More than 1 year ago
TEX January 18, 2010 It was 1979, a young teenage boy named Tex and his older brother Mason live alone in a house somewhere. Tex's mother died a while back and his father is away at a rodeo and has been for a few years. Most mornings Tex would be outside riding on his horse before school. Most days Tex's friend Johnny comes to pick him up for school on his dirt bike and they ride together to school. Tex is always getting into trouble at school. One day at school Tex lights his school project on fire and gets sent to the office. Tex has an older brother named Mason, one day after school Tex came home to find that Mason sold his horse and Tex's horse. Tex was deeply upset by this and he threw a fit and started throwing things through the windows. This caused a fight between him and Mason. There father came home after being away from home for a few years. Tex was all excited to see his dad, while Mason could have cared less. Tex decides he is going to buy his horse back and when he approaches the new owners they refuse to sell him back to Tex. Tex falls in love with Johnny's sister. Tex gets into trouble for lighting fireworks in the teachers lounge and has to be taken home from school. Lem takes Tex to a clients house with him while he is trying to sell something and the customer flips out and shoots Tex.To find out what happens next read the book. Some of the positive reasons I chose this book is because it is a very exciting book. I was very pleased with the content and how long it was. It was suspenseful and kept me turning the pages to see what happens next. I like the action and also the emotions in the book. There were a few negative things about the book. One thing I found was it could have had more characters and maybe a little more dramatic. The plot could have been better too. The author wrote in first person all through the story because it talks from his perspective. All through the story it talks from Tex's perspective. The chapters had interesting topics which held my attention. The Author used mostly simple words, probably because it was geared toward young readers. The Author wrote such detail that you could almost picture yourself there. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about teenage conflicts. The three reasons I would recommend this book are as follows. It was a very exciting book. I think it was easy to relate to the characters. It had action, emotion and suspense. Some similar novels are Taming The Star Runner, That Was Then,This Is Now, and The Rumblefish . I would recommend Things Not Seen. It is a very interesting book. Next I recommend The River. This book is a very exciting book because it is an awesome adventure, lastly I recommend The Outsiders, the book is so action packed I could not put it down.
qwertTE More than 1 year ago
Tex is about a boy named Tex who lives out in the country with his brother and father. His father leaves the house often for rodeos, and leaves little money for the boys. Pop finally comes back home, and Tex starts dating Johnny's sister, Jamie. The story adds more and more tragic events that happed to Tex with a surprising ending about his birth. I think the author intended to talk about how everyone has rough times through life, but we just have to move on. Overall, the book was surprising one of the best books I've ever read. I hope everyone reads this review, and learns about this book. This book is taken place in Oklahoma. The family lives out in the country, and aren't very rich. Their mom died a few years ago, and their father goes away for his job for a while. Their dad doesn't leave them enough money to live. It's basically about them surviving without parents. If you like a sad story with a surprising ending, then you should read this book. The style of this story is a romance/action book. It's hard to explain what it is because there are so many styles in it. The characters of the story are the Tex, Mason, Pop, Johnny, Jamie, and Lem. The setting takes place in Oklahoma, out in the country. The theme of the story is that everyone has sad moments in their live, but you have to move on and forget about it. At the end, Tex does find out why his older brother has been acting weird lately with Pop gone and everything. I can't tell because it would give the story away, so you need to read it. I think this is the best book I have read by S.E Hinton. This book was very enjoyable; I hope you think that too. If you like tragic books with unexpected endings then this is the book for you. It is confusing to follow at first, but if you read it carefully you'll understand it. In conclusion, this book is good. Maybe not the best, but it was still good. I think many kids would like this because it was a mixture of many different styles in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I have read because it's just so amazing in each way. There were alot of things going on in the book that were random, but it all makes sense in the end because Tex can really relate to those events that happen. I don't know how Hinton does it each time, but she always seems to surprise you. If you want a real heart breaker, try "That Was Then, This Is Now" or "The Outsiders". They're amazing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Mwahaha!!!! It's a plan! Alright let let post real quick at camp and follow my lead. ;) ) Lilywolf lets out a sighs and murmers, "Well we can't spend the night here. My clan will worry and the kits will need food. Fortunately I think Mouseheart was able to feed them before she disappeared. Otherwise I don't think they would be doing so well. If you get a mouse back at camp, I can try to grind it up enough for them to eat. We have to pray that works. There aren't any shecats with milk right now." The tabby gets up, much to the protest of the kits and scoops up the shekit. "You take him." She meows through her mouthful of kit. "Rosie follow us. We're going back to camp and you can help look after these little guys. I will send patrols out to look for Mouseheart later. I just hope she's alright." Turning, Lilywolf trots back to camp with the little shekit meowing softly. ~ Lilywolf &hearts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Sure! Lily wouldn't have a way to know anyways I guess) The two kits are comforted to have Lilywolfs warm fur as shelter and nuzzle into her tabby fur. They are hungry though, and while the tom remained quit, the shekit beings whining in tiny whimpers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rosepetal was next to Lilywolf, holding the moss, wondering where Mouse went. Setting it down, she sniffed the air. "She left," she muttered, only able to tell Mouse had left on her hown but not to where. ~Rose &hearts~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He nodded and grabed the tom, following lilywolf back to the camp.... - W1N|)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. kept my attention
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I like pie! Hehe
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I got into reading it, the book was hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book! I fell in love with this book from the very beginning. Even though Tex didn't remind me of myself, Mason definitely reminded me of both of my brothers combined!!!!!
JerryM More than 1 year ago
Another terrific novel by S.E. Hinton about adolescence with a challenging socioeconomic status under the supervision of mostly poor role models. "Tex" reminds all of us that poor kids can live in rural environments, as well as urban. But the challenges are still the same, and in some ways even harder. But a strong spirit and a wonderful personality in the protagonist make this a terrific read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite books, and believe me I read dozens of books every year, and I never fail to re-read this one. In fact, my copy is nearly falling apart, not from rough treatment, just from reading it that many times. Tex's character is genious, there's something so simple about him, yet once in awhile he says something that makes you realize there really is much more to him than you first expect. It's a simple story, yet utterly captivating. There are many turns that you don't expect and it's one of S.E. Hinton's best books.
alexis-reviews More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing.it touches you in the heart to see how tex(the main character)makes it in the book. you should reaaly buy it. i didn't regret buying this book. it was one of my 's.e. hinton' books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
S. E. Hinton wrote this book with great intensions. You can definitely tell that he likes to twist the book up to get you thinking. He tries to tell the readers that some people hold on to their pasts and some people don't. The book's very deep and requires a lot of thought. For me, it definitely made me realize that the saying "don't judge a book by its cover."Tex is about a boy named Texas who struggles with himself more than others it seems. His father is continually on the road at rodeos and so his brother, Mason, is providing for the both of them while trying to juggle being the best basketball player in school. He sells Tex and his horses. Tex's horse, Nigrito, was Texas's pride and joy and he loved that horse. When he found out Mace sold him he ran away after Mace went off on him and beat him up. This style of writing is more toward a teenage group. It focuses on the challenges that teens usually face. It is in a book that is more towards guys since Tex is telling the story. The main characters are Mace, Lem, Tex, Pop, Johnny, and Jamie. The plot of the story starts when Mason sells Tex's horse and Tex tries to retrieve it. I say this book has a great lesson for anyone to figure out. All teenagers should at least consider this book for reading. It is filled with moments of intensity and won't allow you to look up from the pages. Tex is someone that could be an inspiration to teens for going through so many traumatic events and love and discussions that are life changing. It's an amazing novel.
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Luke-Smith More than 1 year ago
In the book Tex by S.E Hinton, a young boy named Tex, who lives in Texas, goes threw an experience that is very difficult to deal with, growing up too fast. Tex has lived most of his life with his brother Mason by themselves. Tex's best friend Johnny, always hangs out with him and they do everything together. Tex also has another friend who he likes a lot, her name is Jamie, she is Johnny's sister. Tex has never had someone really rely on him, without his father he can't expect it to ever happen. A main conflict through out the novel is Tex against himself, Tex can't figure out what he can do at all times, he has always been getting into trouble. He must control his urge to do stuff and just settle down sometimes or he his going to get in more trouble then he has ever been in. "TT" On one regular day, Tex goes to school, he comes home strait after to spend time with his horse Negrito. When he gets home, he finds out that his brother has sold his horse and Negrito to help pay for the house repair bill he got. Tex reacts very violent to the bad news, him and his brother get a fight over the horses. Later Tex leaves the house looking for the horses, while he is looking for them, Tex's friends Johnny and Jamie bump into him and recognize the bruises from the fight. His brother pulls up and tells him to get into the car. The next day Bob Collins takes Johnny and Tex to the fair, after he takes them to a party, the boys get drunk for the first time. After a fight with Johnny, Tex goes to look for him at the gravel pits. After Johnny fails to jump the creek with his motorcycle, Tex manages to make it. Mason is very disappointed to hear about Tex's stunt. Tex later discovers that the family's friend Lem is dealing drugs to take care of his family. More exciting adventures come towards this family, and also heart felt moments. I really liked this book because it relates to modern society, that most tenagers are growing up to fast. Most people could relate to this book. What I disliked was that the story takes place in a town, it would be more exciting if it was placed in a modern city environment. Other wise this book is one of the best I have ever read.
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Alison12 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! To be honest, I think I like this book more than the Outsiders! If you start reading Tex you won't be able to put it down it's one of the best books ever! Everyone should read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago