One entry on his top ten list of zeros-to-heros in stories for children and young adults, as shared at the Guardian:
Ponyboy, Darry, Johnny, Dallas, Soda Pop in The Outsiders by SE HintonRead about the other entries on the list.
These boys have nothing in their lives. No jobs, no qualifications, no prospects, but they have each other, and an unbreakable bond of brotherhood that makes you root for each and every one of them. The one book I read every year to remind me what great writing looks like.
The Outsiders is on one list of nine of the best literary groups of friends.