The Outsiders By: S.E. Hinton

There are two gangs in town that have had a rivalry for many years: the Greasers and the Socs. One night, Johnny and Ponyboy were in the park when a car full of Socs drives by looking for trouble. The Socs attack and the two boys do everything they can to try and protect themselves. One Soc tries to drown Ponyboy in a fountain, but Johnny is quick to react. Johnny pulls out his pocket knife and stabs the Soc. After the event, the other Socs are afraid, so they run. Johnny didn’t mean to kill the guy; he was just attacking in self-defense. The two Greasers run to try and hide. Will they be caught by the police or will they have a clean getaway?

—K.D. (age 14)

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