Author: S. E. Hinton
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Bullying Experiences, Coming of Age, Individuality, Siblings
Ponyboy Curtis is a good-natured teen who loves books and movies. He's also an orphan whose two older brothers and street-smart friends guard and protect him. Together these ragtag, working-class boys, known as "greasers" to the locals, try to make their way in the world, without privilege, supervision, or education.
But it isn't easy. A bunch of wealthy kids, called the "Socs, " target Ponyboy and his friends. They bully, mock, and ridicule the greasers. Until one night they push the greasers too far, and violence explodes. Now young Ponyboy has a decision to make: Does he run or does he stand his ground and try to find justice?
This realistic novel was written by a first-time teen author no older than the characters she depicted. The story remains as hard-hitting and important today as when it was published in 1967.