The Outsiders is a coming-of-age realistic young adult novel, set in the gang world of 1960s America. It was written by S. E. Hinton when she was just 17, and published in 1967, when she was 19.
They're called "Greasers" by their enemies, or youth gangs by others—but wherever they are, they're outsiders; the rough, tough, long-haired boys from the other side of town, with little hope of Mustangs, madras shirts and the good things of American life in the Sixties. Their story is told by Ponyboy, a greaser with good reason to fear the lucky boys in Mustangs, as a sufferer and a witness of the muggings and violence that are common place. This is a thought-provoking story of hatred and violence, but also a story of loyalty and friendship, featuring teenagers who have no understanding of a world outside of their gang-centred culture.
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- Reading Age: 13+
- Reading Aloud Age: 12+
Violence, with some description, smoking, drinking, and swearing. Despite this, the book intends to be realistic in its portrayal of the gang culture, and so the content is unavoidable. The author never states any moral right or wrong, leaving the reader to decide for himself.
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