This is the story of Ponyboy
and his friends. Ponyboy lives with his two brothers and belongs to a gang.
His gang, the Greasers, has many confrontations with the rival gang, the
Socs. When one of the Socs is killed, Ponyboy and a couple of his friends
go into hiding. While they are hiding in a church, a fire breaks out and
several children are trapped. The Greasers go to the aid of the children
and are injured themselves. This book depicts the causes and consequences
of gang behavior. S. E. Hinton was only 17 years old when she wrote this
incredible book. Be sure to read THE OUTSIDERS.
Ponyboy, Sodapop, and Darry
are three brothers living with the loss of both of their parents from a
fatal car accident. They must provide for themselves, while defending
their lives against the vicious "Socs", the rich kids from the westside
of town. Their close knit gang of friends must defend the honor of
a fallen friend and the reputation of being "Greasers". It all comes down
to one night, the last rumble, no weapons used, and it's all over.
But, will they ever be the same again? (Prudie Thomas, email@example.com)
How many novels have you read
that were written by a 15 year old, sold over 4 million copies, made into
a movie, and are still popular today? What might such a novel contain?
They walked out slowly, silently,
"Need a haircut, greaser?"
The medium-sized blond pulled a knife out of his back pocket and flipped
the blade open.
I finally thought of something
to say. "No." I was backing up, away from that knife. Of course I backed
right into one of them. They had me down in a second. I fought to get loose,
and almost did for a second; then they tightened up on me and slugged me
a couple of times. So I lay still, swearing at them between gasps. A blade
was held against my throat.
"How'd you like that haircut
to begin just below the chin?"
Read more in S. E. Hinton's
thrilling story of teens, gangs, and families in The Outsiders. (Delania
S. Luttrell, firstname.lastname@example.org)
" The Outsiders" was a tight
book. It is narrated by Ponyboy Curtis, a gifted kid that no one will give
a chance. The book starts off with Ponyboy getting jumped by a group of
rival kids from a better side of town. These kids were nicknamed the "Socials"
or "Socs" for short by the kids in Ponyboy's neighborhood. Ponyboy's people's
name was the Greasers. Luckily, for Ponyboy, his fellow Greasers show up
in time to scare the Socs off. The Outsiders is a good book if you like
action and book with heart. (Nadia Smith, email@example.com,
Hertford County Middle School Library)
This book "The Outsiders" by
S. E. Hinton is a book about a gang "Greasers" whom has encountered with
another gang "Soc". They are not together in the gang because of their
choice but their family background. In this book the author clearly expressed
about friendship, family, and the true feeling of a human heart.
The main character: ponyboy, who is living with his brothers( grown up
together not really brothers)has face the faith of the death of two friends
in a same day. He also found out the true feeling of enmies. He did at
the end found out that if it is not their family background they could
Johnny, a friend of the main character, where almost killed by the Socs.
He still couldn't forget the day when he got beat up by Soc. His live is
not very good, his mother who ever care about him been beat up by his father,
sometimes he even got kick out of the house. To him the gang id his true
family, if it is not the gang he couldn't understand the meaning of love.
This book tells alot about human behavior. It tells about friendship,family,love
and the true feeling of human heart. (Zhou Wang, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Hertford county Middle School Library, Murfreesboro, USA)
Ponyboy Curtis the main character
of the book. He likes to have lots of fun. He is a young man who lives
in the ghetto. His best friend is Johnny Cade. Johnny kills a Social because
they were trying to kill Ponyboy. They have to run away so Johnny doesnít
get caught by the police. The mood of the story is angry because everyone
is angry at each other. The lessons that are learned are don't hate
someone because they are poorer than you. Don't judge a person by the way
they dress. If you hate someone so much don't try to kill them. I
liked this book because it had a lot of action. It was interesting to see
what characters were like. I enjoyed reading the book because it was interesting
to see how far a character will go, trying to do something to someone they
don't like. (Alvaro E., student)
The main characters in this
book are three young brothers. Their names are Ponyboy Curtis, Sodapop
Curtis, and Darrel Curtis. The setting is in a beat down neighborhood.
The main problem of the book is there are two groups, the Socials and the
greasers, that don't get along. I think that the main point
of this story is that all people are the same no matter how they look,
how much money they have, or where they live. People are people. In the
book Ponyboy says that it doesn't matter if youíre a Social or a greaser-
that youíre all the same inside. I like this novel because
it is about real life. I also liked it because the characters in it all
have different personalities. This book has situations that kids my age
deal with all the time. There are too many stereotypes in the world these
days and this book is a perfect example that everyone is the same.
(Jordan G., student)
This book is a book about
a group of boys that grew up on the streets in the city, fighting a battle
for years against the rich kids called the Socs. The Socs drive blue fast
mustangs, get all the hot girls, and they get in fights with the lower
class boys who hit on their girlfriends and go on their turf. There
are a lot of lessons learned in this book. One of them is a really big
one it doesn't make anything better to fight. That is a big lessons learned
by the Socs. I enjoyed this novel because you don't know whatís
going to happen. Once you think its getting boaring something exciting
happens. When you quit reading it will leave a question in your head of
whatís going to happen next. Thatís why I liked the book.
(Nicholas B., student)
The point of this book is
that these kids live in the ghetto. They are part of a gang. They all ways
get into rumbles with the Socials. They all have a type of problem with
their family and friends. The characters in this story are Pony boy, Darry,
Dally and Johnny. The lesson is never starting any problems with
people you don't like just because theyíre different. They try to change
peoples mind about them. People think badly about them when actually the
Greasers are nicer than the Socials. I enjoyed this book because
of all the growing up and the action in the book. I also liked the way
the author wrote the story. Even how the Greasers always their for each
other. They care for each other. I liked the funny parts. If I could I
would read this book again. (Lorena L. student)
Ponyboy, Darry, Sodapop, Dally,
Two-bit, Steve, and Johnny are all part of a lower class gang, called the
Greasers, on the East side of town. The seven members count on each other
like brothers, since none of them can really count on their real families.
But when, what seems like, a typical fight with the Socials, the other
upper-class gang on the West side of town, gets taken to far, will the
gang continue to stick together, or will they all fall apart trying? (Emmie
Reese, Mansfield High School Student)
Cade and Ponyboy Curtis make one wrong choice that will affect the rest
of their lives. Ponyboy and Johnny are best friends and are in a gang.
There are two gangs in the story who canít stand each another and sometimes
they have big fights which are called rumbles. The two gangs are called
the socials and the greasers. Will they settle their differences or destroy
each others lives? (Brandon Lee Rinebold, student, Mansfield High School)
is a boy who likes to hang out with his friends. He gets into a fight
with the socs or socials gang. Johnny is like his best friend.
Johnny gets in a fight with Ponyboy against the socs. Johnny gets
in a lot of trouble from that fight. What will the outcome of this trouble
and fighting? (Brett Knapp, student, Mansfield High School)
Ponyboy is fourteen years old
growing up with his two brothers, Sodapop and Darrell. Those three boys
along with two of their friends make up the greasers gang on the east side
of town. Rumbles are a regular occurrence for this gang and their rival
gang, known as the Socs. The Socs are the upper class wealthy kids who
get away with everything, while the greasers are the unlucky, un-wealthy
kids blamed for everything bad that happens. Ponyboy consistently ponders
the reasons for the hatred and rumbles between the two groups. Never-the-less
the fights continue until Ponyboy and Johnny engage in a fight resulting
in the death of a Soc. Immediately after Ponyboy and Johnny are advised
to run away and go into hiding. The boys end up hiding in a church just
outside of town, and debate the idea of turning themselves in until the
became a part of something larger. To find out the fate that became of
the greaser gang, read The Outsiders. (Erin and Ryan, RP-Cooney@wiu.edu,
The Outsiders is a drama book.
If you like drama books you would really like this one, it has a good story
line and the things they go through are very tough.
The Outsiders is a book about
six gang members called the Greaserís. Ponyboy the main character and his
friend Johnny getís caught up in a world of trouble after they killed a
Soc. Ponyboy and Johnny hides so they wouldn't get caught and they both
go through a lot just to stay out of trouble. They both go through a lot
just to stay safe. They also find out things have change and they have
became something that they never realize that they would ever be. After
returning home they both find out a lot that has happened to the other
gang members and they all start to really rely on each other. They fight
the Socís for their freedom because they want to be left alone. I like
this book because it has a good story line and it is a very great book.
(Cheyenne, K-12 student)
Have you ever got that felling
that you were bad well if so then the outsiders is perfected for you. This
book is a thrilling novel about a young boy named pony boy who is part
of a gang called the greasers. There arch gang is the socs who own the
big awesome fancy cars.
Ponyís friends are also
in the gang like jonny his brother darry ponyís brother soda and a bunch
of other people that you will need to find out. As pony lives on he finds
his way into trouble with cops and the rival gang. Now he runs away to
find a way to live while stuff cools down.
I thought the book was
one of my favorite books and after you read that you might want to
check out the other book Rumble Fish. (Neil, K-12 student)