The Outsiders

The Outsiders

Paperback | September 1, 1988

byS. E. Hinton

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50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging.

No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.

The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring work of fiction that laid the groundwork for the YA genre. 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 first published.

"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

New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book
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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Junior Booklover Contest Winner Riley, age 13, from Calgary, AB"Nature's first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf's a flower;But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stay."...recites Ponyboy Curtis, to his 16-year-old friend Johnny, as they sit on t...

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50 years of an iconic classic! This international bestseller and inspiration for a beloved movie is a heroic story of friendship and belonging. No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.5 × 4.3 × 0.62 inPublished:September 1, 1988Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014038572X

ISBN - 13:9780140385724

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Junior Booklover Contest Winner Riley, age 13, from Calgary, AB"Nature's first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf's a flower;But only so an hour.Then leaf subsides to leaf.So Eden sank to grief,So dawn goes down to day.Nothing gold can stay."...recites Ponyboy Curtis, to his 16-year-old friend Johnny, as they sit on the front steps of the abandoned church they are temporarily calling home. "Robert Frost wrote it," he says to Johnny, as the sun slides upward in front of them. "He meant more to it than I'm getting', though." An amazing and touching tale of friendship, and at the same time, a depiction of the pointlessness of fighting and rivalry, The Outsiders tells the story of Ponyboy, who is fourteen and the youngest of three brothers in a family with no parents. His older brothers work hard to support their small, yet surprisingly tightly-knit family. All three are Greasers, living on the west (and poor) side of town, with their friends Two-Bit, Steve, Johnny and Dallas. The Greasers are sworn enemies of the east-end Socials, known as Socs. The Socs are, for the most part, rich, and are known on the west side as nothing more than white trash with Mustangs (the car). Following a violent gang fight, Johnny and Ponyboy escape town. Tragedy strikes twice as Johnny suffers a life-threatening injury, further fuelling the Greasers' hatred of the Socs. The fierce animosity between the two gangs in not sugar-coated, coming to a conclusive showdown at the very end of the book. Because the characters are incredibly real, one wonders whether the author (who was sixteen when she wrote this story) was involved in or had acquaintances caught up in gang wars not unlike the ones in The Outsiders. The book is rich with symbolism, beginning with the bleaching and cutting of Ponyboy's long, dark hair, of which he is extremely proud. Then the poem, which Ponyboy recounts to Johnny as they sit and watch the golden sun rise with its message of how life is short. Finally, Johnny's parting words - "Stay gold, Ponyboy," - imply more than one would think. Johnny wants Ponyboy to become much more than his brothers are, to live his dreams, and be true to himself. Those three words carry more than the entire contents of almost every book I've ever read. The Outsiders is my favourite novel of all time. It is moving and thought provoking, and anyone between 13 and 16 won't be able to set it down. If it is not already in your bookcase, it should be.

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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 BookA 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