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 The Outsiders--a 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.
Amazon.com: What does this anniversary mean to you as an author?
S.E. Hinton: It has been amazing to see my first novel stand the test of time--to go from a teen-age wonder to an old lady of letters.
Amazon.com: How does it make you feel that kids all over the country are reading your book?
S.E. Hinton: Since so many kids write me to tell me The Outsiders is the first book they enjoyed reading, and so many teachers tell me it is a pleasure to teach a book that will engage their students, I'm glad to be of help. Reading has been a major influence on my life.
Amazon.com: You were obviously a very talented writer at a very young age. What were other kids your age doing at the time you wrote The Outsiders?
S.E. Hinton: Hanging out, driving around aimlessly, enjoyable activities but I would rather be writing.
Amazon.com: What types of things were you reading/watching/listening to as you wrote The Outsiders?
S.E. Hinton: I prefer absolute quiet while writing.
Amazon.com: Who was the first person, other than yourself, to read The Outsiders? What did they think?
S.E. Hinton: Some friends. They thought it was cool. Especially since I bought a car with the advance.
Amazon.com: What do you hope kids learn from reading your book?
S.E. Hinton: To see the "other" as a person, too, to think before they judge.
Amazon.com: In The Outsiders, you write about two groups: the greasers and the socials. If one didn’t belong on either side, where would they fall in society?
S.E. Hinton: Everyone had their own little group. The novel would be the size of a telephone book if I tried to include all the groups.