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Sounder

Written by William H. Armstrong

Part of the A Puffin Book Series

Sounder Synopsis

SOUNDER by William H. Armstrong is set in the 19th-century American South. It is the story a poor African-American sharecropping family, their faithful dog, Sounder, and the eldest boy's efforts to learn how to read and help his mother to support the family after his father is arrested for stealing a ham. When Sounder chases after the Sheriff's deputies he is shot and he crawls away, seemingly to die. For weeks the boy thinks that he has lost both his father and his dog, but then Sounder comes back, lame and missing an ear. The boy continues to search for his father, until a few years later the father returns home, disabled from a quarry accident. Reunited at last, the father and Sounder go on one final hunting trip together...

The Good Book Guide Review

Named for his remarkable voice. Sounder, a hunting dog. was also famed for his faithfulness. But neither of these qualities were enough to save him or his owner from the cruelties of the world of the Negro of the American South. A tragic and horrifying story. A Newbery Medal- winner.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141359779
Publication date: 2nd July 2015
Author: William H. Armstrong
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 144 pages

About William H. Armstrong

William H. Armstrong (1911 - 1999) was an American children's author and educator, best known for his 1969 novel Sounder, which won the Newbery Medal.

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