Armstrong died on April 11, 1999, in Kent, Conn. He wove the stories of his childhood in the Shenandoah Valley into ''Sounder'' and three other novels, ''Sour Land,'' ''The MacLeod Place'' and ''The Mills of God. Armstrong identified himself primarily as a teacher. The ever-loyal Sounder remains determined to help the family he loves as hard times bear down. An African American boy and his family rarely have enough to eat. This classic novel shows the courage, love, and faith that bind a family together despite the racism and inhumanity they face in the nineteenth-century deep South.
Armstrong, 87, Teacher Praised for the Novel 'Sounder'. Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours. Choose a language from the menu above to view a computer-translated version of this page. He later studied at the University of Virginia and taught history at the Kent School in Connecticut beginning in 1945. Recommended for age 10 and up.
He raised sheep for passover on a beautiful hillside piece of property provided by the school and reportedly only charged Kent one dollar per year for his academic services. In addition to writing, Armstrong also spent time as a farmer, carpenter, and stonemason, and he built his own home. The man grows more desperate by the day. An African American boy and his family rarely have enough to eat. The boy's father is a sharecropper, struggling to feed his family in hard times.
At last the family will have a good meal. Armstrong followed this title with numerous other self-help books, and in 1963 he was rewarded the National School Bell Award of the National Association of School Administrators for distinguished service in the interpretation of education. Armstrong graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and later attended the University of Virginia. Armstrong lived in Connecticut in a farmhouse he had built for his wife, Martha, on a hill above the Housatonic River. .
Armstrong was loved, admired, and feared by his students. His transition to adulthood is paved by the rocks and taunts hurled at him by convicts and guards as he searches for his father. Praised by critics, Sounder won the John Newbery Medal and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1970, and was adapted into a major motion picture in 1972 starring Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson. When food suddenly appears on the table one morning, it seems like a blessing. He taught ancient history and study techniques at the Kent School for fifty-two years. His wife died when their three children were very young, and the children had to grow up suddenly, taking on additional responsibilities.
The 1970 Newbery Medal winner. He died in 1999 at his home in Kent, Connecticut at the age of 87. Armstrong's interest in writing books for younger people evolved when he started teaching teenagers and when he realized that—particularly when involving the Bible—the questions of young and old people were virtually the same. A third book in the same series, The MacLeod Place, was published one year later. Armstrong September 14, 1911 near Lexington, Virginia - April 11, 1999 in Kent, Connecticut was an American children's author and educator, best known for his 1969 Newbery Medal-winning novel, Sounder. Set among a community of black sharecroppers, ''Sounder'' told the story of a loyal dog, his ill-fated master and the boy who loved them both. It was not until 1969 that he published Sounder, his most acclaimed book.
This is the reason that despite the fact that Armstrong's work is considered predominantly within the genre of young adult novels, his messages and simple writing style appeal to various people from assorted age groups. Armstrong then published a number of books about Bible characters, retelling Bible stories. The circumstances in Sounder are drawn largely from Armstrong's own life. Readers who enjoy timeless dog stories such as Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows will find much to love in Sounder, even as they read through tears at times. Author of more than a dozen books for adults and children, he won the John Newbery Medal for Sounder in 1970 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1986. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and did graduate work at the University of Virginia. He is survived by a son, Christopher F.
Attending Sunday school and church played an instrumental role in his transformation from a boy into a man, just as it does in the book Sounder. Armstrong grew up in Lexington, Virginia. In 1956, at the request of his school headmaster, he published his first book, a study guide called Study Is Hard Work. He continued to be prolific in his writing output, mainly publishing books with historical or biblical main characters, such as Hadassah: Esther the Orphan Queen 1972 and The Education of Abraham Lincoln 1974. Armstrong spent fifty-two years teaching ancient history—a profession that brought many of his loves and beliefs together. When food suddenly appears on the table one morning, it seems like a blessing.
He spent 52 years at the Kent School in Connecticut, where he taught general studies and ancient history to ninth graders. This book was not received with the same praise as Sounder, which had won the prestigious Newbery Award. Please note: Text within images is not translated, some features may not work properly after translation, and the translation may not accurately convey the intended meaning. Each night, the boy's father takes their dog, Sounder, out to look for food. The author also wrote Study Tips: How to Improve Your Grades 1981. The ever-loyal Sounder remains determined to help the family he loves as hard times bear down.
Britannica does not review the converted text. In 1945, he became a history master at Kent School in Kent, Connecticut, where he remained for fifty-two years, teaching general studies and ancient history to generations of third formers ninth graders. Making something tangible that will last for a long time exemplifies his connection to God, and, this idea applies to physical structures as well as books. But the sheriff and his deputies are not far behind. We are continually improving the quality of our text archives. Her sudden death in 1953, three months after she moved into the house, was the subject of his 1957 nonfiction work, ''Through Troubled Waters. He was born in Lexington, Virginia and raised on a farm in Shenandoah Valley.