Happy 70th Birthday to the author who birthed the genre known as Young Adult Fiction, S.E. Hinton. She wrote her pivotal novel “The Outsiders” — about a gang of ‘greasers‘ in an Oklahoma high school — when she was sixteen years old. Since 1967, the book has sold 15 million copies, and still sells 500,000 annually as the book is required reading for teens in schools today.
As a student at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, she experience widespread disdain toward greaser culture and it inspired her to write the empathetic story. In one of her classes there, she was given a D by her creative writing teacher! WATCH a 2017 interview with Suzie (who was advised to use her initials so critics would take her seriously) to celebrate the book's 50th anniversary... (1948)