Ponyboy and his brtohers Sodapop and Darry live in a world where you are either a Greaser or a Soc. If you are a Greaser, with long greasy hair, you're like family to the orphaned Ponyboy. If you are a Soc, or Scoial you’re well off and from a different world from the Greasers living on the outside. Getting along is not an option. When a Soc is killed by Ponyboy's friend in an effort to save Ponyboy during a fight the two boys find themselves running from the law, but unable to escape the war between the Greasers and Soc's for long.
S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders is a classic tale which readers have enjoyed for over forty years. While parts of the story may appear dated, especially to today’s modern teens, there is no denying the classic themes the book portrays. No matter what decade you grow up in you will inevitably struggle with some of the same issues: there will be clashes between social groups, the strong ties of friendship, the consequences for spur of the moment actions, the pain of loss, and what it means to be a hero. The Outsiders is a book which should be included in any High School students reading list.
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
Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders.
New York: Puffin Books (USA), 1967.
Book cover credit: http://www.sehinton.com/books/outsiders.html.