The Outsiders is amazing for its raw look at teen life and class differences. It stresses the dangers of stereotypes and conformity; it validates a teen’s feelings about wanting to fit in and feeling outside of things almost everywhere. It also makes us think about what comprises family and tests our beliefs about loyalty. I have to admit, I haven’t been able to read it since the 80s without picturing the amazing ensemble cast that played in the film, and since I made the Littles watch it with me last night, today I have Stevie Wonder’s Stay Gold going constantly through my head.
But you’re here to read about the ways you can deepen your littles’ understanding of this amazing classic. So what am I waiting for?