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Call It Courage | [Armstrong Sperry]

Call It Courage

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. 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 1940.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1940 Macmillan Publishing Company, a Division of Macmillan, Inc.; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 1941

"Phillips gives this Newbery Medal classic adventure tale an outstanding performance...A classic example of the power of audio to enhance a beautifully told story." (AudioFile)
"The story is wild enough to be remembered, and it cannot be remembered without doing good." (New York Herald Tribune)

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    Denise Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 03-20-08
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    "Kept my kids on the edge of their seat"

    This book was a fun family read. Lots of excitement combined with a very good lesson.

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    jewell my homey little corner 02-11-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This overcoming, coming-of-age story is a favorite with my children from elementary school to adult.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mufatu faces his deepest (and legitmate) fears and overcomes them


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he realizes himself that he has faced his fears and a brave


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It will make you hold your breath a bit! Sigh with relief, and rejoice


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    The end requires some meditation, and personal interpretation

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