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About S. E. Hinton
Susan Eloise Hinton's career as an author began while she was still a student at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Disturbed by the divisions among her schoolmates into two groups--the Greasers and the Socs--Hinton wrote The Outsiders, an honest, sometimes shocking novel told from the point of view of an orphaned 14-year-old Greaser named Ponyboy Curtis. Since her narrator was male, it was decided that Hinton use only her first initials so as not to put off boys who would not normally read books written by women. The Outsiders was published during Hinton's freshman year at the University of Tulsa, and was an immediate sensation.Today, with more than eight million copies in print, the book is the best-selling young adult novel of all time, and one of the most hauntingly powerful views into the thoughts and feelings of teenagers. The book was also made into a film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring such future stars as Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, and Tom Cruise.Once published, The Outsiders gave her a lot of publicity and fame, and also a lot of pressure. S.E. Hinton was becoming known as "The Voice of the Youth" among other titles. This kind of pressure and publicity resulted in a three year long writer's block.Her boyfriend (and now, her husband), who had gotten sick of her being depressed all the time, eventually broke this block. He made her write two pages a day if she wanted to go anywhere. This eventually led to That Was Then, This Is Now.In the years since, Ms. Hinton has married and now has a teenaged son, Nick. She continues to write, with such smash successes as That Was Then, This Is Now, Rumble Fish and Tex, almost as well known as The Outsiders. She still lives in Tulsa with her husband and son, where she enjoys writing, riding horses, and taking courses at the university.In a wonderful tribute to Hinton's distinguished 30-year writing career, the American Library Association and School Library Journal bestowed upon her their first annual Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors authors whose "book or books, over a period of time, have been accepted by young people as an authentic voice that continues to illuminate their experiences and emotions, giving insight into their lives."
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Tex McCormick, fifteen, is happy—happy living in a small town in Oklahoma; happy living with his big brother Mason; and especially happy to live next door to his best friend Johnny, and Johnny's sister Jamie. But with money running out and no sign of Pop for months on end, Mason is getting nervous. He's talking about leaving Oklahoma too, for good. Feeling adrift, Tex goes looking for—and finds—trouble. When happiness is impossible to find, how will Tex keep himself and his family together?
This classic by the author of The Outsiders and Rumble Fish explores the true meanings of strength and vulnerability.
“In Tex, the raw energy for which Hinton has justifiably reaped praise has not been tamed—it’s been cultivated, and the result is a fine, solidly constructed, and well-paced story.”—School Library Journal
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Rusty-James wants to be just like his big brother Motorcycle Boy—tough enough to be respected by everyone in the neighborhood. But Motorcycle Boy is also smart, so smart that Rusty-James relies on him to bail him out of trouble. The brothers are inseparable, and Motorcycle Boy will always be there to watch his back, so there's nothing to worry about, right? Or so Rusty-James believes, until his world falls apart and Motorcycle Boy isn't there to pick up the pieces.
An edgy, emotional portrait of a troubled kid trying to navigate the chaotic world around him, Rumble Fish was made into a film by Francis Ford Coppola and has become a modern classic praised by School Library Journal as “stylistically superb” and beloved by multiple generations of readers.
“Hinton knows how to plunge us right into [Rusty-James’s] dead-end mentality—his inability to verbalize much of anything, to come to grips with his anger about his alcoholic father and the mother who deserted him, even his distance from his own feelings.”—Kirkus Reviews
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Quick Pick
With an absent mother and a domineering stepfather, Travis uses his tough-guy exterior to hide his true passion: writing. After a violent confrontation with his stepfather, Travis is sent to live on his uncle’s horse ranch—exile to a born-and-bred city kid. Angry and yearning for a connection, Travis befriends Casey, the horse-riding instructor at the ranch, and the untamable horse in her stable: the Star Runner.
When a friend from the city visits with stories of other kids from the neighborhood facing jail time, Travis is more determined than ever that he needs to escape the life of juvenile delinquency he seems destined for. When the offer of a book deal comes through, Travis is hopeful that this is his chance to escape—if only his stepfather will stop standing in the way of his dreams.
In this novel, the acclaimed author of The Outsiders “portrays her characters with sympathy and yet commendably refuses to gloss over rough edges or gritty truths” (Publishers Weekly).
“Hinton continues to grow more reflective in her books, but her great understanding, not of what teenagers are but of what they can hope to be, is undiminished.”—Kirkus Reviews
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Terry and Mike were cousins who were as close as cousins could be—more like twin brothers, really. They thought they were invincible and that the happy times would last forever, until the day their fathers headed off for their annual deer-hunting trip. That was when everything started to change, and their paths went in very different directions.
Years later, another fateful event will send one of them to prison—and the other to a bartending job in Oklahoma—while the prospect of an eventual reunion looms . . .
From the award-winning author of That Was Then, This Is Now and Rumble Fish, “Some of Tim’s Stories is a compact set of vignettes” full of “sharp, concise observation” (The New York Times).
Clássico que marcou a literatura jovem e inspirou o emblemático filme de Francis Ford Coppola ganha edição de luxo com conteúdo extra
Publicado pela primeira vez em 1967 e imortalizado em 1983 pelo filme de Francis Ford Coppola, The Outsiders: Vidas sem rumo é um clássico da literatura jovem que transformou o gênero ao tratar, com complexidade e sensibilidade, de uma juventude marginalizada em um cotidiano sombrio e violento.
Na pequena cidade de Tulsa, em Oklahoma, a rivalidade entre dois grupos cresce a cada dia. De um lado estão os Greasers, com suas jaquetas de couro, o cabelo com brilhantina, os canivetes em punho e o cotidiano marcado pela falta de perspectiva e pelas brigas em terrenos baldios. Já os Socs moram no lado rico da cidade, frequentam os melhores lugares e conseguem se safar das piores situações, inclusive quando decidem espancar os Greasers.
Caçula do grupo, Ponyboy Curtis tem apenas quatorze anos. Junto dos irmãos Darry e Sodapop e dos companheiros Greasers, ele tenta encontrar uma forma de escapar de uma vida sem futuro em um lugar onde tudo se resume a ser rico ou pobre. Apaixonado por cinema e por livros, Ponyboy encontra nessas histórias uma chance de conhecer outra realidade. Tudo parece sob controle, até que uma perseguição dos Socs tem um desfecho inesperado e perturbador. Nada será como antes, mas os Greasers são uma verdadeira família e farão de tudo para protegê-la.
The Outsiders: Vidas sem rumo é um retrato comovente de uma juventude que precisa encarar a solidão, a revolta e a violência em sua jornada de amadurecimento. Mais de cinco décadas após o lançamento do livro, a história ainda encanta jovens e adultos, mostrando-se atemporal. Com capa dura e pintura trilateral, além de tradução e projeto gráfico inéditos, a edição traz ainda prefácio da jornalista e crítica de cinema Ana Maria Bahiana, entrevista com a autora S.E. Hinton e uma seção dedicada aos bastidores do filme.
In Dutch Francis’s tale entitled, ‘That was Then This is Now’, our protagonist, (we never do find out his name), has retired into a normal life after years of not so normal adventures. He’s older, his reflexes are a bit slower but he still has the instincts of a long not so normal life have given him that have allowed him to get to this stage of his life.
It takes all of those instincts to get himself out of a sticky situation and the jury is out on whether or not he’ll make it.
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