Call It Courage

Call It Courage

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Mafatu has been afraid of the sea for as long as he can remember. Though his father is the Great Chief of Hikueru - an island whose seafaring people worship courage - Mafatu feels like an outsider. All his life he has been teased, taunted, and even blamed for storms on the sea.

Then at age fifteen, no longer willing to put up with the ridicule and jibes, Mafatu decides to take his fate into his own hands. With his dog, Uri, as his companion, Mafatu paddles out to sea, ready to face his fears. What he learns on his lonesome adventure will change him forever and make him a hero in the eyes of his people.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 2008
ISBN: 9781416953685
141695368X
Branch Call Number: JUV PBK Spe

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janasjots
Jul 30, 2016

This is a well written story of a boy who finally reaches a point in his life where he is willing to step beyond very reasonable childhood fear to find courage. The dramatic moments are action filled while giving an excellent understanding of what true courage is and why it is so valuable. The last two paragraphs give a surprise that puts a different weight to the whole story, so no peeking at the back!

Parents may want to know that as it is a Polynesian tale, as the writer says before the days of missionaries and explorers, the boy's tribal belief in the good and evil gods is intertwined through the story.
(Spoiler Alert/Content advisory) As well, the boy is inhabiting an island used as a taboo worship place for human sacrifice by a tribe of "eaters of men". While the author does a commendable job of carefully presenting the reality of these tribes and showing the hero as able to violate the taboo without the god's wrath on him, for my more sensitive readers, the description of the idol, the taboo, and the piles of human bones was very distressing to her imaginative mind. That particular scene can be skipped if you are aware of it but the dramatic tension of the hero always watching for the return of the eaters of men is still prevalent.

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Elentari
Jun 26, 2015

How could you not love the tale of this brave young island boy? So adventurous, a great little story for young children to enjoy.

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dgw924
Sep 02, 2013

this is a great story for young readers. very inspiring for the young reader

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denisem1223
Feb 23, 2011

This book was awesome. I really enjoyed reading it. Lots of action.

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mccallfamily thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 10

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