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Penrod and Sam

Booth Tarkington

Book Overview: 

Follow more of the hilarious life of the boy Penrod Schofield, his friends Sam Williams, Herman, Verman, Georgie, Maurice, and the love of his life, Marjorie Jones.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Sam, however, pale and determined, seemed to have assumed a stony attitude of detachment, as if it were well understood between them that his own comparative innocence was established, and that whatever catastrophe ensued, Penrod had brought it on and must bear the brunt of it alone.

"Well, you'd better run along, since they're waiting for you at home," said Mrs. Williams, closing the door. "Good-night, Penrod."

... Ten minutes later Penrod took his place at his own dinner-table, somewhat breathless but with an expression of perfect composure.

"Can't you EVER come home without being telephoned for?" demanded his father.

"Yes, sir." And Penrod added reproachfully, placing the blame upon members of Mr. Schofield's own class, "Sam's mother and father kept me, or I'd been home long ago. They would keep on talkin', and I guess. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Great book! Very funny and entertaining. It's sorta like Huck Finn except all the adventure takes place near the house. Booth T has a rather dry and wry sense of humor, and I laughed out loud quite a bit. His descriptions of the characters' emotions and reactions are priceless!

This was, in effect, a sequel to Penrod. This despite the fact that Penrod turned 12 at the end of the previous book and was "nearly 12" in this book. Whatever, it's the same cast of 11-year-old boys doing the kinds of inventive, and often naughty, things that 11-year-old boys do. Rather a fun re...more

Oh my goodness, these books are very entertaining! Penrod is a young boy with quite the active imagination which gets himself and his friends into trouble quite frequently. Very funny!

Loved this when I was young---read it many times.

Laughter is good for the bones. Penrod definitely needs a deal more spankings than he gets, but since a merry heart doeth good like a medicine, and this book is undeniably funny, sometimes a book like this is just what you need. :) Especially if you know many little boys, Penrod and his follies r...more

This book was given to me by my Grandpa years ago, and it was one of his favorites. I appreciate it so much more now, being the mom of three boys. It’s laugh out loud funny in parts. Definitely written for another time, some things about little boys never change though :)

I'm not sure that 1969 was the year I actually finished this book but it's a good guess. I read three Penrod books but I don't recall the name of the third. Heck I named my first cat Penrod. Years later I read 'The Magnificent Amberbersons', also by Tarkington because of the Modern Library design...more

Seminal for me. Shaped my sense of adolescence and America. Then later I discovered the racism and classism.

Funny and engaging story!

The only problem is the racist language that was indicative of the time period. The story line is enjoyable but I wouldn't recommend the book to a young person who might not consider the context.

Not quite as good as 'Penrod' but still very funny and well written.

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