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ISBN13: 9780064400206
ISBN10: 0064400204
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The Powerful Newbery Award-Winning Classic

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. The boy's father isa sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times. Night after night, he and his great coon dog, Sounder, return to the cabin empty-handed. Then, one morning, almost like a miracle, a sweet-smelling ham is cooking in the family's kitchen. At last the family will have a good meal. But that night, an angry sheriff and his deputies come, and the boy's life will never be the same.

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)

"Best of the Best" Children's Books 1966?1978 (SLJ)

Outstanding Children's Books of 1969 (NYT)

Best for Young Readers (NYTBR)

1970 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

Children's Books of 1969 (Library of Congress)

Children's Books of the Year (CSA)

Some Select Children's Books of 1969 (Publishers Weekly)

Notable Books for the Portrayal of the Black in Children's Literature (Top of the News)

Mark Twain Award (Missouri)

1973 Nene Award (Hawaii)

1975 Sue Hefley Children's Book Award (Louisiana)

Synopsis:

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.

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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Synopsis:

"Beautiful writing, moving storytelling: the death of a devoted dog and his black master in the rural 19th-century South leaves the man's son a hard but hopeful legacy of stoicism, resilience, and self-independence."--"School Library Journal." A 1970 Newbery Medalist and an ALA Notable Children's Book.

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.

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Home School Book Review, October 9, 2012 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
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.
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Sounder is surely an attention-getter title. One wonders if it is about someone who 'sounds out' in some way, someone calling for help? It is surely an unusual name, to be sure.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064400206
ill.:
Barkley, James
Author:
Barkley, James
Author:
by William H Armstrong and James Barkley
Author:
Armstrong, William Howard
Author:
Armstrong, William H.
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Animals - Dogs
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Juveniles
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Newbery medal books
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20021224
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.38x5.24x.30 in. .21 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

"Synopsis" by , "Beautiful writing, moving storytelling: the death of a devoted dog and his black master in the rural 19th-century South leaves the man's son a hard but hopeful legacy of stoicism, resilience, and self-independence."--"School Library Journal." A 1970 Newbery Medalist and an ALA Notable Children's Book.

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