Rumble Fish by S.E Hinton
Rusty-James is the number one tough guy among the junior high kids who hang out and shoot pool at Benny's. He's proud of his reputation, but what he wants most of all is to be just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy. Whenever Rusty-James gets in over his head, the Motorcycle Boy has always been there to bail him out. Then, one-day Rusty-James' world comes apart, and the Motorcycle boy isn't around to pick up the pieces.
Like Hinton's groundbreaking classic The Outsiders, Rumble Fish was adapted into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola and remains as relevant as ever in its exploration of sibling relationships, the importance of role models, and the courage to think independently.
"Sharper in focus and more mature in style than Hinton's The Outsiders." -- Booklist
"Hinton, on her own turf, is still unbeatable." -- Kirkus Reviews
©1968 by Random House. Paperback. 130 pages.