Savage Sam

Savage Sam

by Fred Gipson


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"Gipson again has given us a purely wonderful trunk of Americana, and one of those rare books to be enjoyed on many latitudes of brow elevation."—Chicago Sunday Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060803773
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/1976
Series: Harper Perennial
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 173,052
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

With Old Yeller, Fred Gipson secured his place as one of the finest novelists in America. The book was published to instant acclaim and has become one of the most beloved children's classics ever written. Since its publication in 1956, Old Yeller has won countless awards, including the 1957 Newbery Honor. Mr. Gipson's other works include both fiction and non-fiction. He grew up in the Texas hill country and died in 1973.

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Savage Sam 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
wmswarriors on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Super awesome book. Not as awesome as its prequal, but awesome all the same. A tale of endurance and love. I would have cried, but I am a MAN. Read this book after you read the other one.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Not long ago, we watched the 1963 Walt Disney film Savage Sam.  The book Savage Sam is a sequel to Old Yeller, a 1957 Newbery Honor book by which Frederick Benjamin "Fred" Gipson (1908-1973) secured his place as one of the finest novelists in America.  Having  previously read (and watched) Old Yeller, I just had to read Savage Sam too.  It is the early 1870s, and Savage Sam, the son of Old Yeller, lives with the Jim Coates family in the rough Texas hill country.  Travis is fifteen going on sixteen and Little Arliss is six.  While Arliss and Sam are out roaming, neighbor Bud Searcy and his granddaughter Lisbeth ride up to warn the Coates family about an Indian raid nearby.  Not sure that they really believe the story because no one saw any Indians, Travis and Lisbeth head out to round up Arliss and Sam anyway, but all three are captured by the Indians, who knock Sam out cold.         Mr. Coates and a group of neighbors set out to rescue them.  Is Sam dead or alive?  And what will happen to Travis, Lisbeth, and Arliss?  Anyone, young or old, who enjoys a good, rousing, exciting adventure story should like this book.  Aside from a few colloquial euphemisms (dang, gosh, confound it), there is no cursing or profanity, although Travis did note that on one occasion Arliss “cut loose with a stream of words so foul you wouldn’t believe a boy his age could know them,” but no actual “bad words” are found.  A few references to chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes do occur.  The biggest question that some parents might have is age appropriateness.  Most sources call it a “children’s novel” and give the age level as nine and up.  However, one reader reviewer emphatically stated, “It is NOT a children's book!”  Children on the lower end of the suggested reading level who are somewhat sensitive or squeamish might not appreciate parts of it.        The scenes where the Indians kill cowboys and soldiers are somewhat graphic, though not gratuitously so, and on one occasion Travis finds himself having to eat raw terrapin meat which was rather rank and tough.  The Disney film pretty much followed the plot, though there were a few major alterations, but it sanitized it quite a bit.  The biggest complaint I saw voiced was the “violence,” but most teenagers should have no problem with it.  The other main complaint I found was “political incorrectness” in not showing enough sympathy for the Native Americans.  However, it is fairly accurate historically and, in fact, is based on a true story that Gipson had heard about.  There is another sequel novella, Little Arliss, published posthumously in 1978, in which Arliss, now twelve years old, determines to prove he is tough and sets out on the trail of a runaway horse.  I will have to say that I really found Savage Sam a fascinating story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book just as much as Old Yeller. It is action packed and full of suspense. Also, it is not near as depressing as Old Yeller. The non-stop trailing of the amazing Savage Sam will keep you on your toes. I liked this book a lot because it is not depressing. Personally, depressing books bring me down. But Savage Sam will never let you down. He will keep your spirits high and your mind free. The son of Old Yeller, was a thieving rascal, just like his father. He was savage and stole their meat, and riled their milking cows and chickens. This lead him to the rightful name of Savage Sam. He may have been a thieving savage, but when he struck a trail, there was no holding him back. The frantic cry of a treed bobcat or of an angry predator will keep the hairs on the back of your neck stood up. He may not have been the best dog in the world, but he more than fit the needs of Little Arliss. They always trailed and captured animals, but one day, they took it too far. Savage Sam struck a hot bobcat trail and Little Arliss lit out after him. There was no stopping them, they were gone until they had that bobcat in their hands. Bud Searcy and Lisbeth road up on a winded horse. Bud was carrying a rifle and was yelling at the top of his lungs. He claimed that Indians had stolen a load of horses from the Salt Licks. No one paid him much mind, with his constant rambling on about this and that. But they took into consideration the fact that it was a possibility. So Travis road Blue, his horse, and Lisbeth road Old Jumper as they set out after Little Arliss and Savage Sam. They followed the trail cry of Savage Sam to a small cave. From inside the cave came the cry of Savage Sam and the screech of a captured bobcat. Travis belly-crawled into the hole and pulled Little Arliss out by the foot. Little Arliss kicked and screamed bloody murder. Once out of the cave, Little Arliss stoned Travis and Savage Sam came running out. In the mix up between Little Arliss and Travis, they didn't hear the pounding of horse hooves on the ground until it was too late. Suddenly, they were surrounded by Indians. They stood still. The Indians gathered round and took them in as captives. They began to ride away as the ear-piercing boom of a gun halted them. One of the Indians got shot in the leg. This Indian was Comanche, while the rest were Apache. They took off through the woods, Travis, Little Arliss, and Lisbeth all captives with Savage Sam trailing close behind. They road until they met up with a bunch of soldiers. The soldiers broke out in gun fire and Indians horses dropped everywhere, but no Indians. Soldiers went down, arrows sticking through them. During the fight, the Comanche pushed Travis off the horse and Travis went tumbling. He was free...finally. Travis was at a drinking hole when he met up with Savage Sam. They trailed the Indians until Travis couldn't go anymore. He blacked out and went down with Savage Sam still running. Travis awoke when one of the settlers from Salt Licks woke him. There were a bunch of them, Papa, Uncle Pack, Burn Sanderson, Bud Searcy and more. They each rode a horse. They could hear Savage Sam in the distance, barking away. They needed to catch up with him if they ever hoped to find Little Arliss and Lisbeth. But, there weren't enough horses, so someone had to run afoot. They took turns running. They followed the sound of Savage Sam's voice until finally, they caught up with him. They followed him until they needed to find cover. They were riding across an open plain when the sky turned black. They searched frantically till they came to a large cave. They all took cover. They watched the hail come down in the size of golf balls. It pelted the ground, leaving it coated in a blinding glimmer of ice. They had trouble picking up the trail again, but once they did, things start to get good. I think that anyone with a love for dogs, adventure, or outdoors would love this book. Even if you just need
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the best adventure books written. Once started, it will be hard to put the book down until it's finished. Every word written has a purpose. Great story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the trail of a bobcat, Travis, Little Arliss and Lisbeth Searcy are captured by a group of Apaches. When Travis escapes it is up to him and Old Yeller's son, Savage Sam, to get help to save Lisbeth and Arliss. It's scary and action packed, just as exciting as Old Yeller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will love savage sam it is as great as old yeller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Old Yeller is a wonderful book but this one is better. It's the story about Old Yellers son.