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Download Call it Courage Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Call it Courage (Unabridged), by Armstrong Sperry
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:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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