The Outsiders

The Outsiders

Paperback | September 1, 1988

byS. E. Hinton

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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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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 ...

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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 f...

S. E. Hinton, the inaugural winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, is one of the most popular and best-known writers of young adult fiction. Her novels include That Was Then, This Is Now, Some of Tim's Stories and Rumble Fish. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.5 × 4.25 × 0.59 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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