"Big D Reads a Timeless Classic"
As a teenager in Tulsa, Susan (S. E.) Hinton was a football-playing tomboy. Living in a working-class neighborhood, she attended a high school where students were divided into groups, pitting “Greasers” from blue-collar families against “Socs,” blue bloods who wore madras and drove Mustangs. Inspired by injustices perpetrated against her Greaser friends by the Socs, she began writing a story that grew into a novel called The Outsiders. Published in 1967, when she was 18, it has sold more than 14 million copies and still sells more than half a million copies per year. Hinton went on to publish other novels for young adults, and has also written books for children and adults. Today The Outsiders ranks as a classic, still widely read and one of the most important books in the young adult genre. In 1988, she received the inaugural Margaret A. Edwards Award, which recognizes authors who write works that are “taken to heart by young adults.”
During the entire month of April, Big D Reads will focus on The Outsiders. Special events, including movie screenings and DISD enrichment programs, will take place all over the city. Twenty thousand copies of The Outsiders will be distributed to DISD ninth graders, DART riders, and all branches of the Dallas Public Library. We encourage you to join us in this shared community experience and discussion by reading or revisiting this classic novel.