This short novel is a coming of age story about Ponyboy, his brothers, and his friends, who are members of a gang called the greasers. They are poor and considered outsiders, as opposed to the Socs (short for Socials) who are rich and have everything going their way (at least that's the way it seems to Ponyboy). When Ponyboy's best friend Johnny accidentally kills a Soc, everything changes.
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11. An award-winning classic.
This book won the Books I Loved Best Yearly (BILBY) Award for Secondary in 1991. It was a very moving story and well written. I was amazed to learn after I read it that S. E. Hinton wrote it when she was 16. I'm also surprised that I'd never read it before now. I rate it 4 out of 5.