Susan Eloise Hinton

S.E. Hinton


July 22nd, 1950 in Tulsa, OK

Type of literature she's known for writing

Young Adult Fiction. She became known as "The Voice of the Youth" and made kids want to read.

Writing Influences

Her father was diagnosed with cancer when she was in highschool so she turned to writing to help her deal with that. Her husband helped her keep writing when she became depressed. He made her write two pages a day if she wanted to go anywhere. Then later in her life she began writing childrens books because of her son.

Full list of books

The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, That Was Then, This is Now, Tex, Taming The Star Runner, Hawkes Harbor, Tims Stories, Big David, Little David, The Puppy Sister

The Outsiders

This is her Best known/Award Winning Piece (New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Books List, 1967,Chicago Tribune Book World Spring Book Festival Honor Book, 1967, Media and Methods Maxi Award, 1975, ALA Best Young Adult Books, 1975, Massachusetts Children’s Book Award, 1979) The bestseller out of all of her books. Her works have been reimagined because this book was made into a movie (the book Tex was also made into a movie). The Outsiders was also the book that made her famous. Her "Masterpiece" work. Her most popular book. (Quirky fact) S.E. Hinton was 15 when she started writing this novel and it was published when she was 17.
I ducked and tried to run for it, but 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 and I hd to hold my breath. Im dying, I thought, and wondered what was happeneing to Johnny. I couldnt hold my breath any longer. I fought again desperately but only sucked in water. Im drowning, I thought, theyve gone too far...A red haze filled my mind and I slowly relaxed. The next thing I knew I was lying on the pavement beside the fontain, coughing water and gasping. I lay there weakly, breathing in air and spitting out water. The wind blasted through my soaked sweat shirt and dripping hair. My teeth chattered unceasingly and I couldnt stop them. I finally pushed myself up and leaned back against the fountain, the water running down my face. Then I saw Johnny. He was sitting next to me, one elbow on his knee, and staring straight ahead. He was a strange greenish white, and his eyes were huger than Ive ever seen them. "I killed him," he said slowly. "I killed that boy." Bob, the handsome Soc, was lying there in the moonlight, doubled up and still. A dark pool was growing from him, spreading slowly over the blue white cement. I looked at Johnnys hand. He was clutching his switchblade, and it was dark to the hilt. My stomach gave a violent jump and my blood turned icy.


Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

Rumble Fish Synopsis

Rusty James is the number-one tough guy among the junior high kids and he wants to be just like his brother, Motorcycle Boy. But Rusty-James' lack of direction, his longing for the days of the street gangs and his blind drive to be like his brother eat away at his world until all come apart in an explosive chain of events. And this time the Motorcycle Boy isn't around to pick up the pieces.

That was Then, This is Now Synopsis

Bryon and Mark have been as close as brothers for as long as they can remember. Now things are changing. Bryon's growing up, and thinking seriously about who he wants to be. Mark still just lives for the thrill of the moment. The two are growing apart - but holding on - until Bryon faces a terrible decision - one that will change both of their lives forever.

Tex Synopsis

Tex must face questions about his family's future—particularly his brother's yearning to leave Oklahoma and his father's abandonment. He must also address his burgeoning sexuality and questions about sex and women.

Taming the Star Runner Synopsis

Travis is the epitome of cool, even when he's in trouble. But when he's sent to stay with his uncle on a ranch in the country, he finds that his schoolmates don't like his tough city ways. He does find friendship of a sort with Casey, who runs a riding school at the ranch. She's the bravest person Travis has ever met, and crazy enough to try to tame the Star Runner, her beautiful, dangerous horse who's always on edge, about to explode.

Hawkes Harbor Synopsis

Jamie Sommers, orphan, conceived in adultery and born in sin, Jamie was destined to repeate the sins of his parents - or so the nuns told him. And he proved them right. Taking to the sea, Jamie sought out danger and adventure in exotic ports all over the world as a smuggler, gunrunner - and murderer.He's survived foreign prisons, priates and a shark attack. But in a quiet seaside town in Delaware, Jamie discovered something that was enough to drive him insane - and change his life forever. For it was in Hawkes Harbor that Jamie came face to face with the ultimate evil....

Some of Tim's Stories Synopsis

The stories in this collection merge into a larger narrative about two cousins, Terry and Mike, whose lives and families are intertwined but whose paths lead to very different futures: one in prison, the other enduring a guilt-ridden existence working a bar.

Big David, Little David Synopsis

When Nick learns that a kindergarden classmate and his own father not only look alike but have the same name, he wonders if they could be the same person.

The Puppy Sister Synopsis

The Davidson family adopts Aleasha, a puppy from a farm. Aleasha loves her new family and really feels happy playing with their young son, Nick though he is not very thrilled about the new dog since he would rather have a little brother or sister. Aleasha sees herself in the mirror and realises that she is not an actual human member of the family, but a puppy. She decides to physically transform into a girl(human not dog) so she can fit in better with the Davidsons.