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This article is about the book and film named "Sounder". For other uses, see Sounder (disambiguation).
Sounder (the book)
Image:Sounder.jpg
Author William H. Armstrong
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher
Released 1970
Media Type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-06-440020-4

Sounder is a young adult novel by William H. Armstrong. It is the story of an African-American boy living with his sharecropper family in Depression-era Louisiana. Although the family's difficulties increase when the father is imprisoned, the boy still hungers for an education. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... The term Sounder can refer to the following things: Sounder, a 1970 Newbery Medal-winning book by William H. Armstrong and the 1972 film based on it. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Sounder. ... William Howard Armstrong (September 14, 1914 – April 11, 1999) was an American author and educator. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... William Howard Armstrong (September 14, 1914 – April 11, 1999) was an American author and educator. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Sharecropping is a system of farming in which employee farmers work a parcel of land in return for a fraction of the parcels crops. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Sounder won the Newbery Award in 1970, and was made in to a major motion picture in 1972. The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the most outstanding American book for children. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


Plot summary

The main character, the family's eldest son, is called simply "the boy". His father is a sharecropper, and works hard for very little money. His mother tries hard to make the best out of what little food they have. The "Sounder" of the title is the father's devoted hunting dog, named for his beautiful voice. Sharecropping is a system of farming in which employee farmers work a parcel of land in return for a fraction of the parcels crops. ...


One day, the boy smells something delicious cooking in the kitchen: a nice big piece of ham. The father, however, has stolen the ham, and soon afterward, the Sheriff arrives and arrests him for theft. As the sheriff drives away, Sounder chases after his car, and receives a shotgun blast in his face and side. The dog survives, but is permanently scarred and lamed.


When the boy visits his father in jail, the guards treat him unfairly. On Christmas, he brings a cake that his mother has baked, and the guard reduces it to "a box of crumbs" while looking for a file or weapon. After the boy passes the inspection, the guards let all the white guests bring whatever they want into the jail.


When the family hears that the father is being transferred to another jail in the South, they can no longer visit him because no one will tell them where he's been taken. The boy goes looking for his father's work crew, against his mother's objections. He does not find his father, but he sees a group of convicts working hard in the sun behind a fence. A guard throws iron at him, injuring his hands, but he escapes without further injury.


On the way home, the boy sees people throwing some books away and, since he's always wanted an education, he picks one up. He then sees students running out of a school building. A teacher at the school offers to let the boy live with him so he can attend the school and get an education.


He goes home and asks his mother for permission to go to school. Although this means even more work for her, she agrees. The boy spends about a year at the teacher’s house, with a couple of visits to his mother. Afterwards, he goes home for good. One day, old Sounder, who sleeps most of the time, comes to sudden life as a figure slowly approaches, dragging one side of his body. The boy's father has finally come home, released early after a terrible accident partially paralysed him. Soon after, the father and Sounder limp off into the woods together, and are later found dead.

Sounder (the movie)

original movie poster
Directed by Martin Ritt
Produced by Robert B. Radnitz
Written by Lonne Elder III
Starring Cicely Tyson
Paul Winfield
Kevin Hooks
Carmen Mathews
Taj Mahal
Eric Hooks
Cinematography John A. Alonzo
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox
Release date(s) 1972
Running time 105 min
IMDb profile

Image File history File links 100106. ... Martin Ritt (March 2, 1914–December 8, 1990) was an American director, actor, and playwright who worked in both film and theatre. ... Lonne Elder III (born December 26, 1927 – died June 11, 1996) was an American actor, playwright and screenwriter. ... Cicely Tyson at the 1992 Emmy Awards. ... Winfield as Captain Clark Terrell in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. ... Kevin Hooks is an actor, and a televison and film director; he is notable from his roles in Sounder and The White Shadow. ... Taj Mahal. ... John Alonzo (born June 12, 1926 in Dallas, Texas, died March 13, 2001) was an American cinematographer who pioneered hand held work, lighting techniques and HD development during his career. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...

Film

In 1972, Sounder was made into a film starring Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks, Carmen Mathews, Taj Mahal, and Eric Hooks. It was written by Lonne Elder III and directed by Martin Ritt. 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Cicely Tyson at the 1992 Emmy Awards. ... Winfield as Captain Clark Terrell in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. ... Kevin Hooks is an actor, and a televison and film director; he is notable from his roles in Sounder and The White Shadow. ... Taj Mahal. ... Lonne Elder III (born December 26, 1927 – died June 11, 1996) was an American actor, playwright and screenwriter. ... Martin Ritt (March 2, 1914–December 8, 1990) was an American director, actor, and playwright who worked in both film and theatre. ...


It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Winfield), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Cicely Tyson), Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ...


In 2003, ABC's Wonderful World of Disney aired a new film adaptation, reuniting two actors from the original. Kevin Hooks directed and Paul Winfield played the role of the teacher. (Winfield and Hooks played father and son, respectively, in the original version.) The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The first incarnation of the Walt Disney anthology series, commonly called The Wonderful World of Disney, premiered on ABC on October 27, 1954 under the name Disneyland. ...


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Preceded by
The High King
Newbery Medal recipient
1970
Succeeded by
Summer of the Swans

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