We are reading THE OUTSIDERS in my reading class. Awesome book. Yesterday we all dressed up as 'greasers' or 'socs'.
According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.
original titleThe Outsiders
ISBN 014038572X (ISBN13: 9780140385724)
characters: Ponyboy Curtis, Sodapop Curtis, Darrel "Darry" Curtis, Dallas "Dally" Winston, Johnny Cade
literary awardsBooks I Loved Best Yearly (BILBY) Awards for Secondary (1991)