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Covering the Newbery (#49): Sounder

1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong

Original Cover:

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My Redo:

Cover 1970 Sounder Covering the Newbery (#49): Sounder

Side by Side:

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Verdict: Black and white can be a tough sell, but I like the image.

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Up next week: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

(Source image: “.a particular frienD”

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Colby Sharp says:


  2. Anne says:

    This might be my favorite, although Sounder’s expression is so “sad Panda.”

  3. Joanne says:

    Oh man, I am totally hearing Sarah McClachlan sad puppy music.

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