One of my fave YA books, heck one of my all time fave books period!
The Outsiders is by far one of my all time favorite books to read with students, note I didn’t say teach, this is a discussion book. One of the first things I tell my students is a bit about the author S.E. Hinton. She was 15 when began she writing this book, it was semi-biographical based on the groups/cliques of her hometown. She says she got the letter that it was going to be published on the day of her high school graduation, she was 18. I love to point out her age it’s a great example of you can do and achieve anything you want and age does not necessarily make a difference.
Ponyboy Curtis, the main character and narrator, grew up in the wrong side of the tracks in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s a Greaser, so named for the hair grease they use. Most everyone in his neighborhood is…
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