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Sounder

by William Armstrong

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | May 3, 2001 | Trade Paperback

Sounder is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

A timeless classic, winner of the John Newberry Medal, and the basis of an acclaimed film, Sounder is a novel that tells of the courage and love that bind a black family together despite the extreme prejudice and inhumanity it faces in the Deep South

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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 pages, 7.96 × 5.3 × 0.28 in

Published: May 3, 2001

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060935480

ISBN - 13: 9780060935481

Found in: Fiction and Literature
Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from extremely well-written, powerful story Sounder is a coon dog which lives with a poor, African-American family of sharecroppers in the post-Civil War South. The family consists of a father, a mother, an older son, and several younger children. The father struggles to feed his family in hard times. After working hard in the fields all day, he and Sounder go out hunting night after night but come home empty-handed. Then one morning, a ham is cooking in the cabin’s kitchen. However, that evening, an angry sheriff and his deputies come to arrest the father for stealing food and take him away to jail. When Sounder tries to go along with his master, he is shot in the face and crawls away, whether to heal or to die no one knows. After the trial, the father is sent away to work in the chain gangs. Then the waiting begins for the boy, his mother, and the family—waiting for word from his father, waiting to hear Sounder’s familiar bark, always waiting. After a while, the boy, angry and humiliated, begins going out all over the countryside to look for his father wherever he hears that there is a chain gang at work, returning home frequently to take his father’s place in the fields. His search continues for a number of years. Along the way he encounters a lot of abuse from guards and others, but he also meets an elderly schoolteacher who helps him to learn how to read. But will he ever find his father? And what will happen to Sounder? This extremely well-written, powerful story, which won the Newbery Medal in 1970, clearly portrays the hopelessness of black sharecroppers during the late nineteenth century. Everything in the novel is understated, allowing the emotion to speak for itself. In addition to the history lessons on sharecropper life in the South, the book illustrates responsibility, faithfulness to family, and hard work. Even though she cannot read, the mother tells Bible stories to the children, and, encouraged by hearing about Joseph, David, and others, they patiently endure. William Howard Armstrong (1911-1999) is the author of some twenty other books, including Sour Land, a companion novel to Sounder. He based Sounder on stories told to him by an elderly African-American teacher who worked for his father.
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounder I really liked this book because it shows how black people had to live like in those days.This book is one of the best books i have read about black people because ,it gives u an excellent description of how black people lived like. So i am saying that u should read this book if u ould like 2 Know how black people had to live like in those days. If u would like 2 know about this book email me.
Date published: 2000-03-17

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Sounder

by William Armstrong

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 pages, 7.96 × 5.3 × 0.28 in

Published: May 3, 2001

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060935480

ISBN - 13: 9780060935481

From the Publisher

A timeless classic, winner of the John Newberry Medal, and the basis of an acclaimed film, Sounder is a novel that tells of the courage and love that bind a black family together despite the extreme prejudice and inhumanity it faces in the Deep South

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About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"The author writes in details that glow alive." (New York Book Review)

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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