At 15, Tex is spirited as a wild mustang and good-natured as a pup. He and his 17-year-old brother Mason have been on their own since Pop left for the summer rodeo tour. Come October, the money has run out and still no Pop. None of this bothers Tex much-until Mason sells Tex's horse to pay the bills. After that things turn sour between the brothers. Tex is constantly getting into trouble, but he resents Mace acting like a parent. Friends like Johnny and his gorgeous sister Jamie help Tex forget his problems. But when it all comes to a head one day, the explosion that follows may cost Tex his life. S.E. Hinton is loved by teenagers everywhere for her ability to get inside their heads and realistically portray their problems. Like her best-selling novels The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, Tex addresses important YA topics like drugs and teenaged parenthood. Jeff Woodman's expressive narration brings the charming Tex and his moving story vividly to life.
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by S.E. Hinton
by Clyde Robert Bulla
by Gary Paulsen
by Barbara Williams
by Julius Lester
by Barbara Brooks Wallace
by Cynthia Voigt
"Reader Jeff Woodman throws just enough of a Southwestern twang into his voice to make 15-year-old Tex the kind of down-home kid that teens can believe in. Woodman's delivery is high spirited and energetic. It bounces all over the emotional spectrum, like Tex's horse and his wild imagination. Tex himself, being 15 and angry at his brother for selling his horse to pay the bills, and in love with the cutest girl in school, and wondering if his father cares about him, is pretty daring, maybe even foolish. Though this lands him in a lot of trouble at school, it also helps him grow and put things in perspective. After scaring everyone to death and landing in a hospital to boot, he and we are a little closer to some answers. P.E.F. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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