"Decades ago, the appearance of S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders helped to change the content of North American YA literature by revealing a dark underside of adolescence. While the book's enduring theme causes it still to be read today, the romantic portrayal of Ponyboy and his friends simply no longer rings true. The contemporary ‘Greasers' and ‘Socs' can be found, however, in Don Aker's The First Stone, which powerfully captures what it can be like to be an adolescent member of today's marginalized underclass.... Highly recommended."