Sounder Paperback – Dec 24 2002
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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.
William H. Armstrong's Newbery Award-winning novel quickly became a classic as a moving portrayal of resilience and hope in the face of profound human tragedy. Decades later, the bittersweet story still rings true, as strong-spirited individuals continue to battle the evil of prejudice. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"The power of the writing lies in its combination of subtlety and strength." -- H.
"The writing is simple, timeless and extraordinarily moving. An outstanding book." -- Commonweal
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This book is like the book Shiloh because the stories are based on dogs and how they live and how they are treated. The two books are also based on two boys. This book tells how the boy lives( he doesn't have a name in the book.) The boy lived in a very poor family and his father was sent away. The boy took care of his family. He had many difficult situations. The boy and Sounder (his dog) missed their father terribly.
I recommednd this book because it makes me appreciate my life and how lucky I am.
SOUNDER is the story of a poor African American family in the late 19th century south. Sounder, the family's hunting dog, is responsible for much of the family income: he finds and tracks game that the father can eat and sell. Problems arise when the local white sheriff and his men think the family has become a little too prosperous. An event then happens which becomes a turning point in the oldest boy's life. (The story is told with painful honesty from his point of view.)
Author Armstrong masterfully drops the reader into a different era, an era we would like to forget. It's not a comfortable time and it's not a comfortable story, but it is a powerful one. The story is a simple one, but Armstrong paints on a large canvas, full of description so vivid and true that we feel we're there, walking on the cold ground, smelling the countryside, and even feeling the wetness of the tears and blood.
I believe it's significant that Sounder is the only character named in the book. This is the boy's story, but it could be any boy. He represents a sort of "every man," or "every child," if you will. The boy learns several important lessons along the way, some of them coming from unlikely sources.
SOUNDER is one of those stories that not only entertain children, but teach them valuable lessons in human nature, relationships, and learning. A very, very important book for us all.
116 pages with illustrations
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I loved this book! It is sad but realistic and moving. It is also beautifully written. The characters don't have names but that makes them "everyman". Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2005
I think Sounder is a fairly boring book, and i should know i'm a book worm. i read about half the book then i started skimming, becaus it was so boring. Read morePublished on June 25 2004
I had to read Sounder for a novel class. Judging by the cover I knew it will be a boring story and I was right. Read morePublished on April 9 2004
This book tells the story of a sharecropper's family and their dog, Sounder. The story happens in the 19th century American South. Read morePublished on March 26 2004
I think this book is part good and part bad. It is a very touching story but it has too much inappropriate words in it like s)ex if you take off the sign and there is not enough... Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Jennifer Yeung
This moving coming of age story will make you laugh and will make you cry. My 11 year old daughter loved it & still talks about it. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004
I liked Sounder by William H. Henshaw. It is about a boy in the 1900's whose father is a sharecropper and he gets taken to jail because he steals meat from the big house. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004
Sound won a Newberry. And because it is a pretty good book. It's a coming of age story for a young black male. It's about family, death, love, and god. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by email@example.com
This is a great book for any young child to read. It tells the classic story about a boy and his dog and the things that they go through together. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by Kevin Smith
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