School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-10-Howard outlines the life of Susan Eloise Hinton and the social influences that prompted her work, and presents a critical analysis of her groundbreaking 1967 novel, The Outsiders, which marked the beginning of a trend toward realism in young adult literature. The author discusses major characters in greater depth than minor ones, and the novel's themes are analyzed. Both positive and negative early reviews of the work are quoted and compared to more recent evaluations, and Howard provides thoughts on whether the book has endured the test of time. Helpful notes and an appendix of criticism are included. Overall, this is a useful title, although libraries with limited budgets may wish to stick with Jay Daly's Presenting S. E. Hinton (Twayne, 1989), which discusses The Outsiders as well as several of the writer's other titles.-Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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