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Sounder

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

The Pig That Started It All

Sounder was an excellent book, and I thought it was one of the best books I have ever read. This book was both exciting and sorrowful. The book earns one, no two thumbs up. The way the author explains the boy's feelings throughout the book was awesome.

The ...
Sounder was an excellent book, and I thought it was one of the best books I have ever read. This book was both exciting and sorrowful. The book earns one, no two thumbs up. The way the author explains the boy's feelings throughout the book was awesome.

The book was about a boy and his family, (who remain nameless). The family also has a dog named Sounder, who has the loudest and deepest bark then all the other dogs. One night the boy's father goes out and steals a pig. The next day the have a giant feast. Then three white men come and arrest the boy's father. While they are taking him away, Sounder got lose and tried to jump on the wagon where his master was, but gets shot in the proses. He didn't die, but he was badly injured. Sounder disappears for a while, but when he finally does come back, he had half a shoulder, one of his eyes missing, and he couldn't bark. For years, the boy goes looking for his father, but can never find him. One day, while walking home, the boy finds a book in the trash, and tries to read it, but can't. He meets a school teacher, and takes him home and shows the boy his favorite book in the book the boy had found. When the boy gets home he tells his mother everything. The next day, the boy's father comes home and tells the family that he was hurt in a dynamite explosion. All in all, the ending of the book is very shocking and unexpected.

This book was really good. I loved it so much, that I read a couple chapters twice. The only thing I didn't like, was that everyone was nameless throughout the entire book. I sometimes forgot who was speaking. but, still this book was great. i highly recommend this book to readers who love reading about events from long ago.

posted by 3rummeaj on January 12, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Sounder was an okay book.

It was a great educational book, i read it last year in english class. It wouldn't really be a book I would choose for free reading, although I love how none of the people in the family have names. They represent all African Americans of the post slave period, and now. ...
It was a great educational book, i read it last year in english class. It wouldn't really be a book I would choose for free reading, although I love how none of the people in the family have names. They represent all African Americans of the post slave period, and now. And it was great that a black man wrote the book because somehow, I feel that if a white person had wrote this book, we would not have the full perspective of the feelings a black boy in that period of time. I also love how the boy tries so hard to go to school and always persues his father when he was taken by the police. I feel it was more realistic because when the sherrif came to the cabin, a white man would have just gotten a warning, but the father of the boy's family was taken away, just for stealing a ham. Over all a good read, interesting and historical. It really shows the tough times that they had to suffer through.

posted by booksRawesome on September 13, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2008

    I have to read this.........

    I have to read sounder this summer for seventh grade....I hope it doenst bore me to much...

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    CONFUSING

    I had to read this for 6th grade annd i think its very confusing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Ok

    The book left me confused about a lot of things and to me it was very crewl and sad. This wasn'one o my favorit books but it was decent

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2011

    :P

    Book was okay... i didnt like it really because it didnt really make that much sense and the characters werent named throught the entire book... whats up with that???

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

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    It's OK

    I had to read this book for the seventh grade and it's okay... :-(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    Sounder?

    I think this book had a lovely plot, but if your looking for a story about a loving dog and his adventures, this isn't it. Now I understnad that that may not be what your seeking, and if I had read the back I would've probably picked up on what the story was really about. Just shows that you can't judge a book by it's cover. The book only talked about the dog heavily at the very beginning and the very end. I think the author may have used Sounder to weave the whole book together. There were many hints at the dog throughout the story.For the most part, it was a quick and interesting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    If I Only Understood the Book

    I thought that for me, it was way to confusing, and I am in the 7th grade! I love reading all kinds of books, but I think it was a little too hard for me to understand. First it was talking about one day, and then all of a sudden it goes to two days later. I am like - 'what?' If you are a person that is really good at figuring out confusing things, then this is the book for you.

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