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The Outsiders Paperback – Deckle Edge, April 20, 2006
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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
About the Author
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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My students are 8th graders at an urban middle school, predominately black and Hispanic and they are obsessed! Even my most reluctant readers are enjoying this novel. They're all excited about seeing the movie too!
As Ponyboy and the gang face hardship and danger, they got to know each other like brothers. The close knit gang gets even closer throughout the story.
I would recommend this book to teenagers everywhere, and when I read The Outsiders, I was thirteen years old. I have read it over and over again throughout the years, and each time I have read it, I got a different view of the characters and began to see through their eyes.
The narrator is fourteen-year-old Ponyboy, a greaser who's precariously straddling two worlds. Ponyboy's smart and articulate and loves to read, and though his parents are gone he's protected by two older brothers who will fight to the death to ensure a better life for their youngest sibling. If he keeps his head low then eventually he'll make it into the world of the Socs, which is where his eldest brother belongs (but isn't because he's so busy taking care of Ponyboy). But Ponyboy's loyal and emotional, and his best friends are the underachieving greasers, and it's Ponyboy's struggle to achieve an individual identity that is the central underlying tension in this book.
What makes this book ultimately work is Ponyboy's smooth elegant diction, which betrays a sensitivity and vulnerability, but also thoughtfulness and ambition. In her first book, SE Hinton displays the same powerful empathy and wisdom that Carson McCullers displayed in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter."
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The Outsiders a book written by S.E. Hilton, this book is part of the Young Adult Fiction Genre.Read more