What is a summary of The Outsiders in a few sentences?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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The Outsiders tells the story of the greasers and Socs, two loosely-organized teen gangs in mid-1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma. The greasers are "from the wrong side of the tracks," while the Socs are privileged kids from wealthy families. The narrator and protagonist, Ponyboy Curtis, becomes involved in the killing of a Soc when he and his friend, Johnny Cade, are attacked in the park one night. The two greaser boys go on the run, hiding out in an abandoned church for nearly a week before they decide to turn themselves in to the police. But before they can do so, the old church catches fire, and Pony, Johnny and their greaser friend, Dallas Winston, heroically rescue a group of children who are inside. Johnny is badly burned; while he is in the hospital, the greasers and Socs battle it out in a "rumble" for territorial rights. The greasers win, but Johnny later dies from his injuries. Dallas, Johnny's best friend, decides to commit suicide-by-cop shortly afterward. Pony is cleared of the murder charges and is able to remain with his brothers, Sodapop and Darry (whose parents have been killed in a car wreck just months before). Profoundly affected by the events, Pony decides to tell his story in an essay for his English class that becomes the basis for the story.

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ik9744 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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A realistic fiction book about the changes in life of Ponyboy. Through many battles of Socs and Greasers dramatic things happen to both of the gangs. Many people will get their hearts broken but some will turn into heroes.

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lol190 | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

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An adventurous realistic fiction novel based on two totally different gangs; The Greasers & The Socs. The Socs are a group of malacious teens who lurk for trouble. They are always getting into fights with The Greasers. On the other hand, The Greasers are a group of teens who stick up for each other. They are supposedly heroes. Although, some of the members are mischievous.

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