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Friday, December 16, 2016

Childhood Favorites...The Outsiders

Childhood favorites. Everyone has a favorite book or author from childhood. A book that touched them or changed them. A book that perhaps initiated their love of reading and put them on the path of libraries and learning.

Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past. 

Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.

I discovered The Outsiders in the 8th grade when I was a library aide. I absolutely loved it. Ponyboy, Sodapop, Darry, Johnny. All of them. The story resonated with me in ways I didn't even understand. I internalized the story so much that I wrote what I now know is fanfiction because I thought the Curtis brothers needed a sister. So I gave them one. Her name was Daisy. She was Darryl's twin and she mothered all the Greasers.

When the film came out and it was full of actors from my own generation, I loved it. It was a fantastic book to film adaptation.

The Boy read The Outsiders in the 8th grade and loved it. It had been quite a few years so I read it along with him and I was surprised at how short it was. But, the story still moved me and brought back memories. When we watched the film together we had some great discussions.

Still one of my favorites even after all these years.

What about you? What is one of your childhood favorites?


  1. I loved this book (and the movie) too.

  2. I loved this book too. I read a few other S E Hinton books but this book will always remind me of high school.