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by Booth Tarkington

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Penrod Schofield is an eleven-year-old boy living in middle America. He's been roped into the school play as the young Sir Lancelot, a role that he does not want to play. Instead of slogging through it, he and his friends make mischief and thus are dubbed the "bad boys." They lie, cheat, and steal to get what they want. When Penrod's sister's dress is found muddied in the doghouse, he naturally is blamed for it. Penrod comes into situations that are too complicated for his young mind to understand, and yet, he manages to somehow make sense of it all. He learns, despite himself, what it means to be human.

Booth Tarkington's novels The Two Vanrevels and Mary's Neck appeared on the bestseller list nine times, making him one of the most popular writers of his time. Today, he is known for writing The Magnificent Ambersons (which won him the Pulitzer Prize), a piece of work that Orson Welles made into a film. Booth also won another Pulitzer for writing Alice Adams, a novel has been compared favorably to Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

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The cotillon loomed dismally before Penrod now; but it was his duty to secure a partner and he set about it with a dreary heart. The delay occasioned by his fruitless attempt on Marjorie and the altercation with his enemy at her gate had allowed other ladies ample time to prepare for callers--and to receive them.

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Booth Tarkington (1869–1946), born in Indianapolis, is best known for the Pulitzer Prize– winning novel The Magnificent Ambersons.
Jonathan Yardley is a book critic and columnist for the Washington Post. He has written six books and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism.



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