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Hinton, S. E.
New York : Viking, 1967.
IL 5-8
ISBN 014038572X

(15 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

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.

Booktalk #2

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,

Booktalk #3

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, smiling.

"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,

Booktalk #4

" 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,, Hertford County Middle School Library)

Booktalk #5

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 become friends.
                    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,, Hertford county Middle School Library, Murfreesboro, USA)

Booktalk #6
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)

Booktalk   #7
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)

Booktalk #8
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)

Booktalk #9
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)

Booktalk #10

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)

Booktalk #11

Johnny 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)

Booktalk #12

Ponyboy 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)

Booktalk #13

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,, college student)

Booktalk #14

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)

Booktalk #15

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)

SUBJECTS:     Family life -- Fiction
                        Gangs -- Fiction


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