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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!

The book started out fun, but it got less interesting and more skim-able as it went along. The interesting bits are reminiscent of Tom Sawyer or The Little Rascals. It was written in 1916 and reflects its time in terms of black/white relationships. I also knocked it down a star for how the boys trea

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 read.

It was a fun read. Tarkington's writing is superior. The exploits of the boys were hilarious. He was so creative in describing each mess the boys create. Great vocabulary.

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.

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

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