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Sounder Paperback – December 24, 2002
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"A rarely beautiful, understated novel about a black share-cropper and his family in the 19th-century American South. An extraordinarily sensitive book." -- "School Library Journal""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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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.
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With masterful writing, he tells the story of a poor family as they face injustice and struggle to survive and to overcome.
I recommend this novel to thoughtful, discerning readers of all ages.