The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton is such a great book. I had to read it for school, and I admit, I was not looking forward to it. But once I really got into it, I LOVED it! It's filled with action and twists. It has great characters, events, and it kept me wanting to read more. The Outsiders is also written by a 15 year old, so I personally could understand it very well. I definently think kids around 12 or 13 should read this book.