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Sounder
Sounder
Author: William H. Armstrong
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. Winner, 1970 Newbery Medal — Notable Children's Books of 1940–1970 (ALA) — 1970 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book) — "Bes...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060201432
ISBN-10: 0060201436
Publication Date: 11/30/1969
Pages: 128
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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i found this a very sad book but it taght a good lesson.
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good story for all ages. valuable lessons in courage, love and race relations.
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Sounder is no beauty. But as a coon dog, this loyal mongrel with his cavernous bark is unmatched. When the African American sharecropper who has raised Sounder from a pup is hauled off to jail for stealing a hog, his family must suffer their humiliation and crushing loss with no recourse. To make matters worse, in the fracas, Sounder is shot and disappears. The eventual return of a tattered and emaciated Sounder doesn't change the fact that the sharecropper's oldest son is forced to take on man's work to help support the family. His transition to adulthood is paved by the rocks and taunts hurled at him by convicts and guards as he searches for his father. But along this rough road he ultimately finds salvation as well.
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"This is the story of a coon dog, Sounder, and his devotion to his master. It is also the story of humans: the father, a black sharecropper, who must steal to feed his children, the timid mother fighting for survival, and the son who grows to maturity through his father's prison term and the devotion of Sounder." --Best Sellers
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Sounder, the great coon dog, can howl louder than any dog in the whole countryside. He is faithful and strong. When his master is caught stealing a ham to feed his starving family and is taken away to jail, Sounder is shot at by the sheriff's men. Sounder crawls off into the night, perhaps to die. No one knows how long the father will be gone or where he will be sent. The boy who loves them both must learn to deal with their absense and patiently wait their return. No one comes back from this experience the same.

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