During the 1990s there was multiple S.E. Hinton books on Australian High School English reading lists. Her book That Was Then, This Is Now was on the Year 8 book list in 1993, and The Outsiders was on the Year 9 book list in 1994. I read and studied both of these books and Hinton (pictured above) quickly became a source of writing inspiration for me, as her five young adult books have a focus on wayward youths and their social and personal development towards adulthood. I could relate to many of the rebellious characters in her books and their misadventures and progression certainly made for good reading, at a time when I read few books. Hinton's first book The Outsiders was published in 1967 when she was 17-years old. As a teenager the idea of writing novels suddenly didn't seem like just the work of greying adults, knowing that Hinton was only two years older than me when the book was published. She is one of my biggest writing influences and I own all of her adult and young adult books.
For all my books please refer to these links:
The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento
Aussies in the Majors
Aussie Baseball Musings
Henning's Story from 1979 to 1999: A Memoir of Ideas and Inspirations
Aussie World Baseball Classic Experiences from 2006 to 2017
All books also available from United States Amazon