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Modern Classics the Outsiders

Modern Classics the Outsiders Paperback - 2007

by S. E. Hinton; Foreword by Jodi Picoult

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About this book

"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton is a poignant coming-of-age novel set in the 1960s. It revolves around the lives of two rival gangs, the working-class Greasers and the affluent Socs. The story is narrated by Ponyboy Curtis, a Greaser who grapples with issues of identity and belonging. Through Ponyboy's eyes, the novel delves into themes of social class, friendship, loyalty, and the devastating consequences of violence. When a tragic event occurs, Ponyboy and his fellow Greasers are forced to confront the harsh realities of their existence, challenging their perceptions of the world and their place in it. As the story unfolds, Hinton highlights the power of compassion, understanding, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Books I Loved Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards for Secondary (1991)

From the publisher

One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'

The bestselling American classic of youthful rebellion and coming of age on the streets, adapted into an award-winning film by Francis Ford Coppola

The Greasers and the rich-kid Socs are at war on the Tulsa streets. Ponyboy, a fourteen-year-old brawler, chainsmoker and dreamer, is a fiercely loyal greaser. But a single, murderous catastrophe is to wrench him from his old life and overturn everything he thinks he knows. The Outsiders was an audacious debut written when S. E. Hinton was only seventeen, laying bare the hopes and terrors between teenage bravado in a world of drive-ins, drag races and switchblades. Confronting America with a new breed of anti-hero from the wrong side of the class divide, The Outsiders is a young adult novel of enduring power. It was made into a film in 1983 starring Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Tom Cruise.

With an introduction by Jodi Picoult

'Gritty, emotional and very authentic' Jodi Picoult

'The Outsiders is a teenage epic' Francis Ford Coppola

First edition identification

The Viking Press published a First Edition, First Printing hardcover in 1967, New York. 

Gollancz published a First UK Edition, First Printing hardcover in 1970, London. 


  • Title Modern Classics the Outsiders
  • Author S. E. Hinton; Foreword by Jodi Picoult
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition Paperback
  • Pages 160
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Penguin Group
  • Date 2007-05
  • ISBN 9780141189116 / 0141189118
  • Weight 0.28 lbs (0.13 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.84 x 5.11 x 0.39 in (19.91 x 12.98 x 0.99 cm)
  • Ages 12 to 17 years
  • Grade levels 7 - 12
  • Dewey Decimal Code FIC

About the author

S.E. Hinton wrote her first book, The Outsiders, in 1967, when she was seventeen years old. Hinton is also the author of That Was When, This Is Now, Rumble Fish, Tex, Taming the Star Runner, and many others. Hinton lives in Oklahoma.

JODI PICOULT grew up in Nesconset, New York. Her novels include Harvesting the Heart, The Pact, My Sister's Keeper, Vanishing Acts, and The Tenth Circle. She lives in New Hampshire.