Sounder Author:William H. Armstrong His wife and children were starving, so the black sharecropper stole a ham to feed them. And when the posse came to get him, nobody could stop them. Not even Sounder, the mighty coon dog, who crawled away wounded from the sheriff's shotgun. For years, the son followed the chaing gangs looking for his father. When the boy came hom alone after eac... more »h long trip, Sounder would hobble up the road to greet him silently. But suddenly, one day, the baying voice of the great coon hound broke the stillness of the August afternoon once again.
William H. Armstrong has written an extraordinarily moving novel for mature readers. A Newbery Medal Winner in 1970, this book has the simple timeless quality of an epic.« less
A heart wrenching story of the South - one that will live in the reader's mind for a long time. - Book Buyer's Guide
Adults and mature young readers alike will find in the boy's bitter-sweet memories a parable for our times. - Christian Science Monitor
Written with quiet strength and taut with tragedy. Grim and honest, the book has a moving, elegaic quality that is reminiscent of the stark inevitability of Greek tragedy. - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
There is an epic quality in the deeply moving, long-ago story of cruelty, loneliness, and silent suffering. The power of the writing lies in its combination of subtlety and strength. - The Horn Book
The writing is simple, timeless, and extraordinarily moving. An outstanding book. - Commonweal