The Outsiders

By S.E.Hinton

"They grew up in the outside of society. They weren't looking for a fight. They were looking to belong"

A heroic story of friendship and belonging
Through challenges and obstacles The Outsiders portrays they story of a group of greasers who survive to belong in a place of danger and fear. Through the intriguing plot, relatable characters, and fast paced events this book should not be overlooked. For middle school students this book will draw them in to a story like none before. Overall, this should un doubtfully be included in the the media center.
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The plot of this story is very well written with non stop drama while containing a very deep meaning to it. Throughout the story you will see how outcasts are treated in areas where fighting and violence is an everyday event. As a result, the reader is hooked and will have a hard time putting down the book. The novel does include violence but not much. This book will show the students why singling people out can affect them in ways that could never be fixed; as a result promoting the schools "no place for hate" theme. Also, Hinton exhibits why it is important to have friends and people who will stick with you through trials and tribulations. "You take up for your buddies no matter what they do. When your in a gang, you stick up for the members."(Ponyboy)


In the story Hinton uses 1st person writing to show the life of the protagonist, Ponyboy internally and externally. He is only 14 many so many student will be able to connect with his thoughts and the actions he takes. On the other hand, he socializes with boys much older than him and has no parents. For example in the sorry he says, " Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things , not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the things you want to see." This gives a good explanation of some of the actions Ponyboy takes and why he did them. In addition, because of the vivid descriptions Hinton provided, the reader is sure to "live" the experiences in the story. Although some people ,may say the book contains many characters to focus on, there author develops they personality and character traits as the story progresses. This adds suspense to the story and better engages the reader.


The pace of this story is very well organized. I some parts it progresses with intensity and speed while other parts were slow to explain what was happening. This way the reader is not overwhelmed and can enjoy the book at their own rate. Also the book is not to lengthy however includes the perfect amount of info to draw the reader. The novel is especially good for middle school readers because it gives them a chance to truly enjoy a book that is appropriate and challenges them to think..
In conclusion the outsiders is a great book that is destined to catch the eye of the students at Ridgeview Charter School. With its unforgettable plot and relatable characters this book has won many awards such as the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award in 1979 and the New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Book list in 1967. Having a book of this caliber is sure to bring further success to the school and media. All in all, please INCLUDE THE BOOK IN THE MEDIA CENTER.