The Outsiders

The Outsiders

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The Outsiders by S E Hinton is a ground-breaking, timeless story by a brilliant writer.

'. . . the hand at the back of my neck was strong. I'm drowning, I thought . . .'

The Socs' idea of having a good time is beating up Greasers like Ponyboy. Ponyboy knows what to expect and knows he can count on his brothers and friends - until the night someone takes things too far.

The original teenage rebel story. The 40th anniversary edition.

S. E. Hinton was only seventeen when The Outsiders was first published in the USA. She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the story takes place, and lived in a borderline neighbourhood mixing with both greasers and socs. This experience helped her to understand the boys about whom she writes. The Outsiders was made into a major film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

S.E. Hinton went on to write several novels for teenagers including: Tex, Rumble Fish and That Was Then, This Is Now. Married with one son, S.E. Hinton was the first recipient of the American Library Association's YASD/SLJ Award for her oustanding contribution to Young Adult Literature.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Puffin Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141314575
  • 9780141314570
  • 8,028

About S. E. Hinton

S E Hinton wrote THE OUTSIDERS, her first book, when she was 17; it was a phenomenal success. Its publication enabled her to attend the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma; she graduated in 1970 with a major in education. S E Hinton was the first recipient of the American Library Association Award for an outstanding contribution to Young Adult Literature. She continues to live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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691,623 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (230,744)
3 20% (135,831)
2 5% (34,746)
1 1% (10,300)

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When my mother first gave me her battered old copy of The Outsiders with promises of a great read I gave the novel little interest. However after reading it in school I found she was right! I was quite surprised being a teenage girl in the 21st century as to how much I could relate to the story and its characters. It has since become one of my favourite novels and I'm sure any teenager could pick it up and feel the same connection to it that I more
by Alex Reeves
The Outsiders may have been written by a female in the 1960s, but the themes of relationships, violence and child abuse still ring true amongst teens today. Whether you relate to the Greasers or the Socs, this novel reminds us that eveyone has troubles and fighting wont help. No matter your age or gender, if you've ever been a teenager or felt like you are the most important person on earth, you will see yourself in one of the characters. The Outsiders makes for a fantastic read that you wont want to put more
by Emma Notman
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