"The Outsiders" By Susan Eloise Hinton.

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Ponyboy and his brothers, Sodapop and Darry, belong to a group of poor teenage boys called greasers. Many of them have led hard lives and they are angry and unforgiving. They often fight with the Socs, group of wealthy, privileged boys who beat them up for fun. Ponyboy is shy and quiet. He gets good grades in school and likes to draw and read. His oldest brother Darry takes care of the family, since their parents died in a car crash. He is very serious and is very hard on Ponyboy. He often tells him to do better in school. Soda, the middle brother, is happy most of the time, and is very handsome and likable.

There are a few other members of their gang, including Dally and Johnny. Dally is one of the oldest, and certainly the toughest. He seems to enjoy being a criminal. He thinks the law is a joke.

Johnny is even shyer than Pony. His parents abuse him, so he always seems scared. Recently, Johnny was beat up very badly by a Soc. One night, Dally, Johnny and Pony meet two Soc girls, Cherry and Marcia. They had a good conversation. On the way home, the Soc's some guys caught them all together. They turns to that the Bob is the same boy who beat Johnny up. Later that night, Ponyboy comes in late and gets into such a fight with Darry that he runs to the park with Johnny to get away from the house. Bob and his friends find Pony and Johnny there, and nearly drown Pony in a fountain. In that fight Johnny killed Bob. The two boys run to find Dally, thinking he will know what to do. He gives them money and tells them to hide in a...