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Set in the Deep South, this Newbery Medal-winning novel tells the story of the great coon dog, Sounder, and the poor sharecroppers who own him. Celebrating 30 years!

During the difficult years of the nineteenth century South, an African American boy and his poor family rarely have enough to eat. Each night, the boy's father takes their dog, Sounder, out to look for food and 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 on them.

This classic novel shows the courage, love, and faith that bind an African American family together despite the racism and inhumanity they face. Readers who enjoy timeless dog stories such as Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows will find much to love in Sounder.

ISBN: 9780064400206
Branch Call Number: ARM
Additional Contributors: Barkley, James - Illustrator


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Mar 23, 2017

This could have been a true life experience and not just for an African-American family. I love anything to do with Black History even fiction. I can see people living this same way. But what a way to grow up for a young black boy surviving with his dog as his best friend.

Dec 08, 2015

I am really excited to read all about it, my friend introduced me to this book and she said that it is an awesome book.

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red_snake_421 Jul 13, 2012

red_snake_421 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 99

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lms May 08, 2008

"Angry and humiliated when his father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read with the help of his devoted dog Sounder." (Novelist Review)


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