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Download Call it Courage Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Armstrong Sperry Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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Mafatu's name means Stout Heart, but the people of Hikueru call him a coward. He fears the sea and the powerful Sea God Moana because years ago, the powerful tides killed his mother. Such fear is shameful on this island, where the seafaring people revere bravery. But it is especially humiliating for Mafatu, whose father reigns as Great Chief of Hikueru. One day, young Mafatu can no longer stand the jeers and taunts of the braver boys. With his faithful dog, Uri, he steals an outrigger canoe and paddles into the Polynesian sea to conquer his fear. But what awaits Mafatu beyond Hikueru's sunny horizon is more than just courage. It is a dangerous passage that will shipwreck him on an island covered with forbidden idols, cross the path of a tribe of cannibals, and finally strip away his boyhood fears to make him a man. Told with openhearted simplicity, this Newbery Award-winning tale of coming-of-age in early Polynesia possesses a vivid appeal as wide and enduring as the ocean itself. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lalani | 2/16/2014

    " Quick, easy Newbery. Great story about overcoming our fears and turning them into strengths. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raven | 2/13/2014

    " Finally got around to reading this one. I was drawn in by the Polynesian culture (having toured New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, and Australia, I enjoyed reading about that scene) and by the survival story. Short and sweet--I read it in one sitting--it is a coming of age story that tells of one boy's quest for courage. Although there are other survival books I prefer (Island of the Blue Dolphins, My Side of the Mountain), I enjoyed Sperry's work. And, apparently, I also enjoy parenthetical statements. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucinda | 2/11/2014

    " This was short, fun book to read to my boys that inspired discussion on finding that inner courage to face our biggest fears in life. It was very similar to "Robinson Crusoe" but from a Polynesian perspective. I liked it and so did my boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/5/2014

    " I thought I had read this before but wasn't sure. At any rate, it was very good for a 2nd read. It definitely comes from a different perspective and I feel that it should probably be read by older elementary students or young middle school students. A very moving story, with very real emotions that people in that age group grapple with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 1/31/2014

    " ok.. read it last year and it was kind of confusing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eliza | 1/30/2014

    " good but not quite as good as Hatchet or Island of the Blue Dolphins. Much better survival stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 1/22/2014

    " This book is very short (92 pages) and is a quick read. It is a coming of age story about a boy who lives on a tropical island. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Catherine | 1/12/2014

    " It is rare that I don't enjoy a Newberry book, but this one did nothing for me. I felt that all along I was being told a story. I never felt drawn into the story. I didn't really care if the main character survived or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fizzgig76 | 1/5/2014

    " This is a favorite from when I was young. Mafatu leaves his home in the Pacific on a canoe with his dog Uri and his albatross Kivi to prove that he is no longer afraid of the ocean that killed his mother. The writing is simple and it is quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha | 12/5/2013

    " Must read! So much is expressed and felt in each sentence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 11/25/2013

    " Another good book to recommend to my students... a "kid classic." The author zoomed from one adventure to the next, but I suppose that is what would keep the interest of young readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge | 11/22/2013

    " A boy is afraid of the ocean and gets teased for it. He must overcome his fear, but how. Read to find out. J.M. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brayan | 10/26/2013

    " The kid is the chief's sun and goes runing away because he is scared of the water seend he lost hit mother in a tunamia. Know people call him some thing and so he runs away to become a man and does thing like killing a warhog and goes back home to show that he is a man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy Cauthen | 9/29/2013

    " Remembered loving this book as a kid; recently reread it and was amazed at how formative it was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindaarm | 7/30/2012

    " This is a tight, elegant adventure story about a boy who overcomes fear. I didn't see the Disney television version, but it sounds wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Capu | 5/1/2012

    " This was an okay book - of course im partial due to it being about a Polynesian boy, which I dont find very often. Im guessing at the end he lived?? Or else how would they know all the little details right??? But it doesnt exactly spell it out. And I need to know these things!!! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicoal | 4/27/2012

    " Listened to the audio book thanks to Library2Go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/19/2012

    " A classic survival story, with a tropical setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin Hogue | 1/16/2012

    " Call it Courage is a gret book,it teaches you to face your fears. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Derricott | 6/19/2011

    " This is a great story of facing and overcoming fears. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica N. | 5/14/2011

    " Such a fantastic story of courage and tenacity in such a short book. I can't believe I'd never read this before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sunshine | 3/7/2011

    " Had to read it in school. It wasn't something I would read on my own, but the message in it was valuable and made the book worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Finn Moore | 9/7/2010

    " My second favorite book ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Jolley | 4/18/2010

    " it was a nice short breather book, but i wish everything in it didn't move so quickly and things were described and explained more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaitlin | 12/26/2009

    " I wanted to read this book because it won the Newberry. It was kind of strange but very honest in it's portrayal of how we as humans can often drive our fellow humans to do things they don't need to do. That really didn't make any sense. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 7/31/2009

    " Very poetic. Some of the best descriptive sentences ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 7/15/2009

    " Short and sweet, but an excellent story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reed | 7/10/2009

    " This is the first novel I read. It was first grade, probably 1988. "

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