In 1965, Susan Eloise Hinton sat down at her late father's old Underwood typewriter and started work on a novel that would fully and accurately describe the teenage world she knew: the story of Pony Boy, his brothers, and their friends, their constant struggle to belong, and the conflicts between the haves and the have-nots. Two years later, the completed novel, ""The Outsiders"", was published. Hinton made publishing history, single-handedly creating a new genre of fiction - the young adult novel. S.E. Hinton tells the story of the teenager who was the author of such young adult classics as ""That Was Then"", ""This Is Now"", and ""Rumble Fish"".
Dennis Abrams is the author of several books, including biographies of Barbara Park, Anthony Horowitz, Hamid Karzai, and Ty Cobb for Chelsea House. He attended Antioch College, where he majored in English and communications. He currently lives in Houston, Texas.