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The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton

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“I love reading classics. They let me use my brain, and I feel connected to lots of other people who have read the book.” Cat, 17

Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. New York, NY: Viking Press, 1967. Print.

Annotation: In The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, we meet a group of teens branded as juvenile delinquents because they live on the wrong side of town. With poverty, dangerous rival gangs,  and even a murder swirling around him, Ponyboy has to find a way to take responsibility for his life, even though it seems like nothing is within his control.

Mini Review: Ponyboy’s parents are dead, and he isn’t too sure about his relationship with his oldest brother. But the other Greasers on his street have all become his family—they rely on each other and trust each other, even when they fight amongst themselves. When a murder threatens to write Ponyboy’s future before it starts, he and Johnny have to leave that family. The rival gang of the Socs will make sure they can never come home again. But what if the gang that lives on the other side of town is made up of real people, too? Is it possible to have real problems when you live in the lap of luxury?

Social classes have always been at war, and sometimes it’s hard to see past a label or a lifestyle. What will Ponyboy find when he meets Cherry, the popular Soc cheerleader? Can he ever see Randy, one of the guys that tried to kill him, from any other viewpoint? People can surprise you, and this book surprised me. Pick up a copy and meet Ponyboy—maybe he’ll surprise you, too.

New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Books List, 1967
Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book, 1967
Media and Methods Maxi Award, 1975
ALA Best Young Adult Books, 1975
Massachusetts Children’s Book Award, 1979


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