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Sounder by William H. Armstrong
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Jan 23, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: newberry-medal, childrens-books

Such a good little book! For the youthful reader, there's a plainly told story that carries poignant themes. Reading it as an adult, the themes presented and implied are so... they just pull at my heart.
It astounds me that one book can be so appropriately written for two audiences. It's no wonder Mr. Armstrong received the Newberry that year. While reading, I had to think of the year it was written. 1969. 5 years after the Civil Rights movement. The thoughts conveyed in this novel are compounded when taken in this context. I now understand why this is a favorite childhood book for so many. I wish that I had read it as a child, but I'm thankful I've read it as an adult. It's such a quick read, even if you read it as a youngster, it's worth spending an afternoon rereading as a mature adult. It says so much in what it doesn't say- a multi-layered masterpiece.

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Reading Progress

January 23, 2011 – Shelved
April 17, 2011 – Started Reading
April 18, 2011 –
page 50
April 18, 2011 – Finished Reading

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