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The Outsiders (New Windmills) [Hardcover]

S.E. Hinton
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9 July 1996 New Windmills
One of a series offering classic and contemporary writing for schools to suit a range of ages and tastes. This novel about American teenagers from the wrong side of the tracks is a story of loyalty and affection among friends, and of their search for personal dignity and a place in the world.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (9 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435124676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435124670
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,188,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘You know what a greaser is?’ Bob asked. ‘White trash with long hair.’

I felt the blood draining from my face. ‘You know what a Soc is? White trash with Mustangs and madras.’ And then, because I couldn’t think of anything bad enough to call them, I spat at them.

Bob shook his head, smiling slowly. ‘You could use a bath, greaser. And a good working over.’

The Soc caught my arm and twisted it behind my back, and shoved my face into the fountain. I fought, but the hand at the back of my neck was strong. I’m drowning, I thought, they’ve gone too far…

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

S.E. Hinton wrote her first book, The Outsiders, in 1967, when she was seventeen years old. Hinton is also the author of That Was When, This Is Now, Rumble Fish, Tex, Taming the Star Runner, and many others. Hinton lives in Oklahoma.

JODI PICOULT grew up in Nesconset, New York. Her novels include Harvesting the Heart, The Pact, My Sister's Keeper, Vanishing Acts, and The Tenth Circle. She lives in New Hampshire.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still A Great Read After All This Time! 14 Feb 2007
I initially read this book for the first time in high school in 1983, the same year the movie was released. I still have that copy, which has seen better days. I remember the story and the characters drawing me in from the start. It's a classic coming of age tale of kids from the wrong side of the tracks struggling to fit in and fighting against those who view them as outcasts.

Not only do I find it a great read even as an adult, I feel it is as relevant today as when first published in 1967, showing that whether rich or poor, all teenagers are essentially the same, having the same concerns and fears and angst. The book speaks to kids in an unpatronizing fashion, and will continue to resonate with many long after they've turned the last page. After all, what kid hasn't been in Ponyboy's and his brothers' and friends' shoes at some point -- misunderstood and being put down simply for who they are, or aren't?

I have no doubt those who have read and enjoyed The Outsiders, both kids and adults, will enjoy the other Hinton greats (That Was Then, This Is Now; Tex and Rumblefish), in addition to other troubled teen novels such as The Catcher in the Rye, The Amboy Dukes and American Odyssey.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Fiction at it's best! Five stars. 3 Dec 2006
What can I say? I am finally writing this review after reading the outsiders for the eighth time. Literally. For me, this book had everything and then some. Hinton makes us feel happiness, sorrow, despair and hope within a few hundred pages, leaving us breathless and hungry for more. She wrote this book when she was just seventeen, similar to the ages of most of the characters in the book and we really live the story with the characters.

Ponyboy is a greaser. A lower class, vunerable fourteen year old kid who has to grow up much too fast in order to survive. Having lost his parents before the start of the book, Ponyboy and his brother Soda (16) - a reckless, cheeky, high school drop-out - have to adjust to being raised by their oldest brother Darry, who works two jobs to keep them all off the street. As if this isn't hard enough, they constantly have to be on their guard against vicious attacks from rival gangs of the upper class 'soc's', the social elites. With their friends hot-headed Steve, tough, cool Dally, Wise-cracking Two-bit and world-weary Johnny they get by as best they can. Until the night someone takes things too far and Ponyboy is thrown into a world of terror and despair. Ponyboy has to decide what is important in a world where the only things you can count on are your friends and the fact that being born poor means never being good enough, no matter how hard you try.

They grew up on the edge of society. They weren't looking for a fight, they were looking to belong.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, ageless 17 July 2007
I must be one of the oldest persons to read and write a review of this book. I am in my late 50s and first read The Outsiders with my son when he was in middle school, years ago. I recently picked up the book again and read it all the way through. I had forgotten how quickly the story "grabs" you and how difficult it is to put the book down once you have gotten into the book. Yes, there are certain aspects of the story which are dated; but all in all, teens today face most of the same problems with peer pressure today as they did 40 years ago when this book was written (and when I was a teenager): being judged unfairly by others, being called names and made fun of, feeling isolated because they are "different", suffering the absence of parents or family members who really care and take time to listen and encourage them, and feeling the difference in social class, between kids whose families have money, education and status, and those whose working-class or single-parent families struggle every day just to survive. I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone under the age of 18, although it's a great read for anyone!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book i have ever read 13 Sep 2003
I read ALOT of books, and only 3 have made me cry, 1 of them being the Amber Spyglass, 1 the Lord of the Flies and the other this. S.E Hinton is an excellent author, I've read all of her books countless times. It amazes me how she can write about horrible, but true things and still make them strangely compelling. She has the rare gifts of being able to keep the reader hooked in suspense and worrying for the safety of the characters. I love the way the main character, Ponyboy, puts up with the truth and speaks his mind, even though he's only a kid. This book was so good, I spent a whole day reading it and re-reading it, and each time I found a hidden meaning within the words. I know it so well, I sometimes even find myself receiting whole paragraphs that I have remembered!! I recommend this book to anyone who wants an excellent, to-true-to-believe read, and I warn them that when you've finished the book, you'll have alot to think about.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 9 April 2007
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the story of the greasers and the Socs, the two social groups in the boys' town. The greasers are kind of a family of friends, because for most of them all they have is each other. The Socs are more violent and like to fight. They are the rich kids who have things that the greasers can only dream of. They fight every once in a while -- but one night someone takes it too far.

From that point on the story surrounds the two boys who are on the run from the "fuzz" (police). The story is told from the viewpoint of Ponyboy Curtis, who is a fourteen-year-old greaser. He has two brothers, Darry Curtis and Sodapop Curtis. Their parents were killed a few years back, but the courts let them stay together as long as they stayed out of trouble.

This book is about so much more than the cliché of popular boys vs. loser boys. There are feelings and characters that you want to see succeed. That's what makes this book different from all the others, in a good way of course.

I liked that the characters seemed so real, like you really knew them! I love it when a book is like that. There are internal conflicts with many of the characters as well as the good vs. evil aspect. Everyone in eighth grade should be required to read this book!

Reviewed by: Taylor Rector
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