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Call It Courage

Call It Courage
Author: Armstrong Sperry
ISBN 13: 9780027860306
ISBN 10: 27860302
Edition: Library Binding
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 1968-05-01
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128
List Price: $18.99

Mafatu's name means "Stout Heart," but his people call him a coward. Ever since the sea took his mother's life and spared his own, he has lived with deep fear. And even though his father is the Great Chief of Hikueru—an island whose seafaring people worship courage—he is terrified, and consequently, he is severely scorned.

By the time he is twelve years old, Mafatu can bear it no longer. He must conquer his fear alone. . . even if it means certain death.

This classic tale of a young boy's hidden strength has been a favorite of readers of all ages since its 1940 publication—now this exclusive audio preserves its original poignancy and splendor, and brings Mafatu to life for future generations of listeners.

Highlights of Lou Diamond Phillips's film credits include Courage Under Fire, Young Guns II, Stand and Deliver, and La Bamba.  An accomplished stage actor, he starred in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of The King and I.

Children's Literature

This classic story of adventure and survival maintains its timeless appeal decades after its first publication. Mafatu is a teenaged island boy. When he was only three years old he desperately clung to his mother's neck as she struggled to survive in raging sea waters. She managed to carry Mafatu to shore, but she died immediately after. Ever since, Mafatu has feared the sea. His friends and family scorn him, and Mafatu is ashamed. In a desperate attempt to overcome his fears and to prove that he is not a coward, Mafatu boldly hops into a canoe. Equipped with only his dog, a few nuts, and his fish spear, Mafatu bravely sets sail for a southern island. The ensuing events prove that Mafatu is more than brave. His deeds and the obstacles that he overcomes, prove that he is truly a hero. His courage is remembered for generations to come. It is easy to understand why this fast moving and exciting story is so deserving of the Newbery award that it won. Reviewer: Denise Daley