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Sounder
Sounder
Author: William H. Armstrong, James Barkley (Illustrator)
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read, and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder. — Winner, 1970 Newbery Medal — Notable Children's Books of 1940–1970 (ALA) — 1970 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book) — "Be...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780064400206
ISBN-10: 0064400204
Publication Date: 4/5/1972
Pages: 128
Reading Level: Young Adult
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3.9 stars, based on 67 ratings
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, 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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This is one of the very first chapter books I read, I think it is a very good book and that all kids should read it. Some parts of this book did make me cry, I was only seven then...I read it again when I was eight and I understood it a bit better I still cried though. The last time I read it I think I was ten , it is sort of heavy for a seven year old but I think it was good for me and I found that real life is not always happy and clappy, you know.
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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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