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The Outsiders

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The 45th anniversary of a landmark work of teen fiction Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.

Written forty-five years ago, S. E. Hinton's classic story of a boy who finds himself on the outskirts of regular society remains as powerful today as it was the day it was written.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 114 x 184 x 13mm | 113g
  • PUFFIN
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 014038572X
  • 9780140385724
  • 2,748

Review Text

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.
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Review quote

Praise for The Outsiders The Outsiders transformed young-adult fiction from a genre mostly about prom queens, football players and high school crushes to one that portrayed a darker, truer world. --The New York Times

Taut with tension, filled with drama. --The Chicago Tribune

[A] classic coming-of-age book. --Philadelphia Daily News

What it's like to live lonely and unwanted and cornered by circumstance...There is rawness and violence here, but honest hope, too. --National Observer

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

A New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book
A Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Winner of the Massachusetts Children's Book Award
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About S. E. Hinton

S. E. Hinton is the author of a number of bestselling and beloved books for young adults, including THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW; RUMBLE FISH, TEX, and of course, THE OUTSIDERS, which was written when she was just 16 years old. She has also written several picture books, a collection of short stories, and a novel for adults. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma--the setting of THE OUTSIDERS--with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys riding horses.
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Rating details

873,109 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 42% (366,483)
4 33% (288,468)
3 19% (163,447)
2 5% (41,596)
1 2% (13,115)

Our customer reviews

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!show more
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