Penrod and Sam

Penrod and Sam

by Booth Tarkington, Gordon Grant (Illustrator)
Publisher: Living Book Press
Print-on-demand paperback
Price: $10.99

Set against the backdrop of a quaint Midwestern town in the early 1900s, Penrod and Sam by Booth Tarkington is a treasure trove of boyhood escapades. The story follows Penrod Schofield and Sam Williams, two inseparable friends who turn everyday life into an extraordinary adventure.

Tarkington’s storytelling is imbued with a sense of humor that keenly observes the absurdities and wonders of adolescence. The duo’s adventures range from forming secret clubs and navigating schoolyard politics to confronting bullies and exploring the natural world around them. Tarkington’s keen eye for detail and wit offer readers a vivid sense of place and time, capturing the essence of a small Midwestern community.

Themes of friendship, the trials of growing up, and the spirit of exploration are woven throughout this perennial favorite.

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