by William H. Armstrong illustrated by James Barkley


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    • Grades: 4 - 6
    • Ages: 9 - 12
    Newbery Medal
    • Format: Paperback Book
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Powerful and deeply moving, this classic of children's literature tells the tale of a boy who learns to live a life of quiet dignity when his family suddenly gets torn apart.

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A cold October wind blows through the fields of the American South. Inside a cabin with a sagging roof live a boy and his loyal coon dog, Sounder. The boy's father is a sharecropper, and despite his hard work, there is never enough food on the table. Night after night his father takes Sounder out to hunt for possums and raccoons but returns home with an empty brown sack.

Then one night the boy's father goes out alone. In the morning, the sweet smell of ham and pork sausage fills the chilly cabin. The meal brings happiness to the hungry family, but it also brings a cruel sheriff to their doorstep. In an instant, the boy's family will never be the same.

Winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal, this heartbreaking but hopeful story was adapted into a movie that was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. With spare and elegant writing, it shows a young boy straining against loneliness and the cruelties of the world to discover his own hidden strength.

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    • Grades: 4 - 6
    • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-439-21787-3