Sounder   -     By: William H. Armstrong
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Sounder

Harpercollins Publishing / 1969 / Paperback

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A landmark in children's literature, winner of the 1970 Newbery Medal and the basis of an acclaimed film, Sounder traces the keen sorrow and the abiding faith of a poor African-American boy in the 19th-century South. The boy's father is a sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times. Night after night, he and his great coon dog, Sounder, return to the cabin empty-handed. Then one morning, almost like a miracle, a sweet-smelling ham is cooking in the family's kitchen. At last the family will have a good meal. But that night, an angry sheriff and his deputies come, and the boy's life will never be the same. Recommended for age 10 and up. The 1970 Newbery Medal winner.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Harpercollins Publishing
Publication Date: 1969
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0064400204
ISBN-13: 9780064400206
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 9-14

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Set in the Deep South, this Newbery Medal-winning novel tells the story of the great coon dog, Sounder, and the poor sharecroppers who own him.

During the difficult years of the nineteenth century South, an African-American boy and his poor family rarely have enough to eat. Each night, the boy's father takes their dog, Sounder, out to look for food and the man grows more desperate by the day.

When food suddenly appears on the table one morning, it seems like a blessing. But the sheriff and his deputies are not far behind. The ever-loyal Sounder remains determined to help the family he loves as hard times bear down on them.

This classic novel shows the courage, love, and faith that bind an African-American family together despite the racism and inhumanity they face. Readers who enjoy timeless dog stories such as Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows will find much to love in Sounder.

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Author Bio

William H. Armstrong grew up in Lexington, Virginia. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and did graduate work at the University of Virginia. He taught ancient history and study techniques at the Kent School for fifty-two years. Author of more than a dozen books for adults and children, he won the John Newbery Medal for Sounder in 1970 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1986.

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  1. InTheBookcase
    Oklahoma
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovely piece of literature
    February 13, 2011
    InTheBookcase
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    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Here's a little bit about the book "Sounder"_

    It was first published in the 1960's and the story is about a black family living in the South. It tells of that family's hard times, a great coon dog named Sounder, and how they all pull together and survive what has been thrown their way in life.

    Lovely piece of literature. I'd recommend it for anyone to read (teens, adults, or boys and girls 10 & up). I love the author's writing style_ how the names of the people are never revealed--you only know Sounder's name. It seems to keep the other characters in a slight obscurity, as if there is a shadow over their face and you cannot see the person_ but yet, you know everything about them. I like how the author did that for this book.

    Superb, and excellent! I will be sure to read "Sounder" again someday.
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    BibleGirl
    I like this movie, it got boring after a while, but it is pretty good and makes me cry everytime!
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