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By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.

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Greatest kids novel

I'm pretty sure this novel is one of the greatest novel I've ever seen for kids. You have a child? Then tell them bout this book. I like how the author can tell a universal and very touching story.

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SOUNDER is a remarkable, moving story. It captures the ugliness of racism and poverty as well as the desperation and necessary strength of downtrodden people, in this case an African-American sharecropping family in the rural South. By presenting the story from the emotional viewpoint of the boy, the author makes the reader feel his loneliness and fear, as well as his amazing determination and courage. Terrible things happen, as they often do in an unjust, prejudiced world, but a hopeful optimism presides. Not only is the story moving and tender, but the language that tells it is also realistically detailed, with multiple layers of symbolism that are uncomplicated but powerful.

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