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By S. E. Hinton

A heroic tale of friendship and belonging

No one ever stated existence used to be effortless. yet Ponyboy is beautiful yes that he is acquired issues discovered. He understands that he can anticipate his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he is aware that he can anticipate his friends—true pals who might do something for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And by way of the Socs—a vicious gang of wealthy little ones who get pleasure from beating up on "greasers" like him and his friends—he understands that he can expect them for difficulty. yet one evening somebody takes issues too some distance, and Ponyboy's international is grew to become upside down...

Written over forty-five years in the past, The Outsiders is a dramatic and enduring paintings of fiction. S. E. Hinton's vintage tale of a boy who unearths himself at the outskirts of standard society continues to be as strong this present day because it was once the day it was once first published.

"The Outsiders reworked young-adult fiction from a style normally approximately promenade queens, soccer gamers and highschool crushes to at least one that portrayed a darker, more true world." —The New York Times

"Taut with stress, packed with drama." —The Chicago Tribune

"[A] vintage coming-of-age book." —Philadelphia day-by-day News

"What it truly is prefer to reside lonely and undesirable and cornered by way of circumstance...There is rawness and violence right here, yet sincere desire, too." —National Observer

A New York usher in Tribune top Teenage Book
A Chicago Tribune e-book international Spring booklet competition Honor Book
An ALA top booklet for younger Adults
Winner of the Massachusetts kid's booklet Award

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Johnny had a clean, difficult glance on his face—you’d have needed to understand him to work out the panic in his eyes. I stared on the Socs coolly. probably they can scare us to loss of life, yet we’d by no means allow them to have the pride of realizing it. It was once Randy and Bob and 3 different Socs, and so they famous us. I knew Johnny famous them; he was once staring at the moonlight glint off Bob’s jewelry with large eyes. “Hey, whatta ya comprehend? ” Bob acknowledged a bit unsteadily, “here’s the little greasers that picked up our ladies. good day, greasers. ” “You’re outa your territory,” Johnny warned in a low voice. “You’d larger watch it. ” Randy swore at us they usually stepped in nearer. Bob was once eyeing Johnny. “Nup, friend, yer those who’d greater watch it. subsequent time you will want a vast, decide up yer personal kind—dirt. ” i used to be getting mad. i used to be hating them adequate to lose my head. “You recognize what a greaser is? ” Bob requested. “White trash with lengthy hair. ” I felt the blood draining from my face. I’ve been stubborn out and sworn at, yet not anything ever hit me like that did. Johnnycake made a type of gasp and his eyes have been smoldering. “You be aware of what a Soc is? ” I acknowledged, my voice shaking with rage. “White trash with Mustangs and madras. ” after which, simply because I couldn’t think about something undesirable sufficient to name them, I spit at them. Bob shook his head, smiling slowly. “You may possibly use a bathtub, greaser. And a great operating over. And we’ve bought all evening to do it. provide the child a bathtub, David. ” I ducked and attempted to run for it, however the Soc stuck my arm and twisted it in the back of my again, and shoved my face into the fountain. I fought, however the hand behind my neck was once powerful and that i needed to carry my breath. I’m death, i presumed, and puzzled what was once taking place to Johnny. I couldn’t carry my breath any more. I fought back desperately yet in simple terms sucked in water. I’m drowning, i presumed, they’ve long past too some distance . . . A purple haze crammed my brain and that i slowly secure. the following factor I knew i used to be mendacity at the pavement beside the fountain, coughing water and gasping. I lay there weakly, inhaling air and spitting out water. The wind blasted via my soaked sweat blouse and dripping hair. My tooth chattered unceasingly and that i couldn’t cease them. i eventually driven myself up and leaned again opposed to the fountain, the water working down my face. Then I observed Johnny. He used to be sitting subsequent to me, one elbow on his knee, and staring instantly forward. He was once a wierd greenish-white, and his eyes have been huger than I’d ever visible them. “I killed him,” he acknowledged slowly. “I killed that boy. ” Bob, the good-looking Soc, used to be mendacity there within the moonlight, doubled up and nonetheless. a depressing pool used to be growing to be from him, spreading slowly over the blue-white cement. I checked out Johnny’s hand. He was once clutching his switchblade, and it was once darkish to the hilt. My belly gave a violent leap and my blood became icy. “Johnny,” I controlled to assert, combating the dizziness, “I imagine I’m gonna be unwell. ” “Go ahead,” he acknowledged within the related regular voice. “I won’t examine you. ” I became my head and was once quietly ailing for a minute. Then I leaned again and closed my eyes so I wouldn’t see Bob mendacity there.

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