Sounder by William H. ArmstrongSounder by William H. Armstrong


byWilliam H. ArmstrongIllustratorJames Barkley

Paperback | December 24, 2002

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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. Celebrating 30 years!

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.

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...
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Title:SounderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.38 inPublished:December 24, 2002Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064400204

ISBN - 13:9780064400206

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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The idea of slavery is difficult to understand in relation to the world in which we now live. In the 19th-century American South, however, it was once an inescapable way of life. William Armstrong’s Sounder centres on the death of a devoted dog and the trials of his black master, leaving the man's son with a harsh but hopeful legacy of stoicism and independence.

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“…written with quiet strength and taut with tragedy.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)