The Outsiders

The Outsiders

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) S.E. Hinton

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  • Publisher: PUFFIN
  • Format: Paperback | 180 pages
  • Dimensions: 102mm x 170mm x 20mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 27 November 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Hawthorn
  • ISBN 10: 014038572X
  • ISBN 13: 9780140385724
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 2,103

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When it was first published in 1967, The Outsiders defied convention with its immediate, deeply sympathetic portrayal of Ponyboy and his struggle to find a place for himself in a difficult world. Thirty years later, it speaks to teenagers as powerfully as ever.Puffin is proud to publish this contemorary classic for a new generation of readers. Praise for THE OUTSIDERS "This remarkable novel gives a moving, credible view of the outsiders from the inside. . . we meet powerful characters in a book with a powerful message." -- The Horn Book "Taut with tension, filled with drama . . ." -- The Chicago Tribune

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S. E. Hinton, the inaugural winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, is one of the most popular and best-known writers of young adult fiction. Her novels include "That Was Then, This Is Now," "Some of Tim's Stories" and "Rumble Fish." She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband.

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By TeensReadToo 27 Sep 2010 5

This is the story of the greasers and the Socs, the two social groups in the boys' town. The greasers are kind of a family of friends, because for most of them all they have is each other. The Socs are more violent and like to fight. They are the rich kids who have things that the greasers can only dream of. They fight every once in a while -- but one night someone takes it too far.

From that point on the story surrounds the two boys who are on the run from the "fuzz" (police). The story is told from the viewpoint of Ponyboy Curtis, who is a fourteen-year-old greaser. He has two brothers, Darry Curtis and Sodapop Curtis. Their parents were killed a few years back, but the courts let them stay together as long as they stayed out of trouble.

This book is about so much more than the cliché of popular boys vs. loser boys. There are feelings and characters that you want to see succeed. That's what makes this book different from all the others, in a good way of course.

I liked that the characters seemed so real, like you really knew them! I love it when a book is like that. There are internal conflicts with many of the characters as well as the good vs. evil aspect. Everyone in eighth grade should be required to read this book!

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...we meet powerful characters in a book with a powerful message. "The Horn Book"