by William H. Armstrong

On Sale: 10/08/1969


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by William H. Armstrong

illustrated by James Barkley

On Sale: 10/08/1969


ALA Notable Children’s Book

Horn Book Fanfare

Lewis Carroll Shelf Award

Library of Congress Children’s Books

Mark Twain Award (Missouri)

Nene Award (Hawaii)

New York Times Outstanding Book

Newbery Medal

School Library Journal Best of the Best in YA Literature

About the Book

This powerful Newbery-winning classic tells the story of the great coon dog Sounder and his family.

An African American boy and his family rarely have enough to eat. Each night, the boy's father takes their dog, Sounder, out to look for food. 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.

This classic novel shows the courage, love, and faith that bind a family together despite the racism and inhumanity they face in the nineteenth-century deep South.

Readers who enjoy timeless dog stories such as Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows will find much to love in Sounder, even as they read through tears at times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060201432
  • ISBN 10: 0060201436
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 10/08/1969
  • Pages: 128
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

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