Clonkey99 asked:

Was the author seriously only 16 when this was written??

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Naomi Esrig She put her name on it as S. H. Hinton because she thought if they saw it was a female's name ,they wouldn't publish it.
Sarah Ryan Yes! S. E. Hinton wrote "The Outsiders" when she was sixteen, because she was upset about the social setting between Greasers and Socs at her high school. She sold contracts for it to be published on her graduation day!
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