S. E. Hinton
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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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    • The Outsiders

    • By: S.E. Hinton
    • Narrated by: Jim Fyfe
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,602
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,861
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    Ponyboy can count on his brothers....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Outsiders

    • By Carol H. on 01-25-06

    Regular price: $19.60

    • That Was Then, This Is Now

    • By: S. E. Hinton
    • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
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    Bryon and Mark aren't related, but they are as close as brothers. Ever since his parents died when he was nine, Mark has lived with Bryon and his mother....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story for Middle School Students

    • By Shelley on 04-06-16

    Regular price: $13.99

    • Rumble Fish

    • By: S. E. Hinton
    • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
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      4 out of 5 stars 56
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    Rusty-James wants to be just like his big brother, the Motorcycle Boy. He wants to be the toughest streetfighter on this side of the city....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Rusty James and the Motorcycle Boy…

    • By Mike L Lane on 12-31-17

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Tex

    • By: S. E. Hinton
    • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
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    At 15, Tex is spirited as a wild mustang and good-natured as a pup. He and his 17-year-old brother Mason have been on their own since Pop left for the summer rodeo tour....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing book!

    • By J R Carpenter on 07-13-17

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    • Hawkes Harbor

    • By: S. E. Hinton
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 24
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    Dr. Phillip McDevitt, director of Terrace View Asylum, is intrigued by his newest patient, a troubled young man recently transferred from the state hospital for the criminally insane....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great book

    • By MPA on 10-27-17

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    • Some of Tim's Stories

    • By: S.E. Hinton
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
    • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
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    In some of S. E. Hinton's strongest writing ever comes a profound and wry compilation of fourteen short stories....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Decent Read

    • By Aimee Marie on 11-04-18

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    • Taming the Star Runner

    • By: S. E. Hinton
    • Narrated by: Margo Skinner
    • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    When 16-year-old Travis is sent to stay with his uncle on a ranch in the country, he knows it's his last chance to avoid jail. His abusive stepfather thinks he's a hood....

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