In 1967, a teenager made publishing history. That year Viking Press published a book written by S.E. (Susan Eloise) Hinton. The book? The Outsiders. Although the setting is never named, it takes place in Tulsa, OK – Hinton’s hometown (and mine as well). The book has sold more than 14 million copies and still sells more than 500,000 a year.
Who would have thought a teenager could change the direction and focus of young adult books? Susie Hinton was with a doubt, a “teen on the scene.”
Have you ever read the Outsiders? (Or listened to the audio? Or watched the movie?) What are your thoughts about this historical book? Leave your comments below.