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Call It Courage (1940) [Novel]
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Mafatu was afraid of the sea. It had taken his mother when he was a baby, and it seemed to him that the sea gods sought vengeance at having been cheated of Mafatu. So, though he was the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a race of Polynesians who worshipped courage, and he was named Stout Heart, he feared and avoided the sea, till everyone branded him a coward.

When he could no longer bear their taunts and jibes, he determined to conquer that fear or be conquered - so he went off in his canoe, alone except for his little dog and pet albatross. A storm gave him his first challenge and then days on a desert island where he found himself resourceful beyond his own expectation. This is the story of how he finally returned home exhausted in body, but strong and fearless in spirit - truly Mafatu, the Stout Heart.

Original title: Call it Courage
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultComing of Age
FictionChildren & Young AdultMulticultural

Edition #1: Call It Courage

Call It Courage (1940)
Awards: Newbery Medal (1940)
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Language: English

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