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The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
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Jan 16, 11

bookshelves: young-adult-materials
Recommended to Christina by: read for class
Read on January 13, 2011, read count: 2

This novel brings the reader into the life of a young "greaser" named Ponyboy. He lives with his two brothers Sodapop and Darry who are forced to work in order to support their family after their parents are killed in a car accident. These boys rely on their best friends, Johnny, Steve, Dallas, and Two Bit. There is constant tension between them and a group called the "Socs" who jump Johnny and Ponyboy one night. In self defense, Johnny stabs and kills the leader of the Soc and Johnny and Ponyboy run away with the help of Dally. After the church they are hiding out in gets caught on fire trapping a group of school children, Johnny and Ponyboy feel responsible and risk their lives to save the children. They are able to then go home, seen as heros, but Johnny is not so lucky, he ends up in the hospital. This story shows an unbreakable relationship between this group of boys and shows the reader that sometimes friends are the best family. This book is suitable for students in grades 6th and up.
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