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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.
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"The writing is simple, timeless and extraordinarily moving. An outstanding book." -- Commonweal
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