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by Armstrong Sperry

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Armstrong Sperry
Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (January 29, 2008)
Literature & Fiction
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Armstrong Wells Sperry (November 7, 1897 – April 26, 1976) was an American writer and illustrator of children's literature.

Armstrong Wells Sperry (November 7, 1897 – April 26, 1976) was an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. His books include historical fiction and biography, often set on sailing ships, and stories of boys from Polynesia, Asia and indigenous American cultures. He is best known for his 1941 Newbery Medal-winning book Call It Courage. Born the third and youngest son of a businessman in New Haven, Sperry attended Stamford Preparatory School from 1908 to 1915.

This book is a work of fiction. All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Any references to historical events, real people, or real locales are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author’s imagination, and any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. SIMON PULSE and colophon are registered trademarks of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Armstrong Sperry (1897–1976) is the author of many books for young readers, including Call It Courage, All .

Armstrong Sperry (1897–1976) is the author of many books for young readers, including Call It Courage, All Sail Set, Lost Lagoon, and Hull-Down for Action.

An excellent study guide to Call It Courage in PDF format by Cathy Ney at the Christiansburg Elementary School . Junior Discovering Authors worksheet about Armstrong Sperry in PDF format from the Oak Point Intermediate School.

Maftu 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 tha sea, till everyone branded him a coward.

Call It Courage book. Writing: I was pleasantly surprised that Armstrong Sperry's writing style is actually good

Call It Courage book. Writing: I was pleasantly surprised that Armstrong Sperry's writing style is actually good. I thought i was going to be reading children's writing style, but no, his writing was mature and complex. Characters: This story is really all about mafatu's becoming a fearless man.

By Dom Lupo, Armstrong Sperry. A legendary adventure story of how Mafatu, the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a Polynesian race who worships courage, conquers his fear of the sea and proves he isn't a coward. lt;br, Praise for

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.
  • Reading this for the FIRST time as an adult, I LOVED it! Our son was studying a portion of this book in school. I was kind of intrigued and so decided to purchase a copy for both him and I to read. (He enjoyed it also!)

    Mafatu, 15, is terrified of the sea and has always been that way for as long as he can remember. He lost his mother at the tender age of 3 and is still awoken at night sometimes with the sound of the sea causing him to break out in a cold sweat. With family and other acquaintances, including kids his age, looking down on him he has only two true friends: Uri, a dog and Kivi, an albatross.

    After hearing others call him a coward Mafatu decides that drastic action is needed! What does he do? Suspense keeps the reader engrossed as we are drawn in to his adventure. Go with him, feel for him as he faces his fears and ultimately overcomes them.

    EXCELLENT writing. SO descriptive! Should say though that this is NOT a book for young children. There are scary parts and of course the story does include the black eaters of men! Wonderful though for kids that bit older, along with teenagers and even adults! Not too long of a read and definitely well worth it. I purchased a copy of this book for my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz

  • I just re-read this favorite from my youth. It is just as compelling a story today as it was then, and I enjoyed it as much as when I was a boy. I expect to re-read this many more times over the years.

    It is a wonderful story about facing one's fears. It is a pre-adolescent coming-of-age story set on an atoll in the South Pacific. Mafatu, the Boy Who Was Afraid, decides to face his greatest fear, even if it costs him his life.

    Although the story is from the perspective of a boy, I expect both boys and girls would get a lot out of the story. Not only that, I suspect most adults from most cultures might enjoy it as well.

  • My absolute favorite book from childhood. Our teacher read it to our classroom in 4th grade and it's story has stayed with me for over 35 years.

    A fantastic story of courage, bravery, survival, and a respect of nature told from the perspective of an insecure Polynesian boy who had been an outcast in his tribe because of his fear of the sea. His fear manifested because of the loss of his mother in an accident while on the water.

    He feels compelled to conquer his fears and takes to the sea, with his pet dog and albatross, only to find himself stranded on a seemingly deserted island. He must survive and return to his home if he can.

    Highly recommended!

  • Call it Courage is to put it simply, an amazing classic novel written by the great Armstrong Sperry, who also wrote one of my favorite short stories, The Ghost of the Lagoon, which I read back when I was a child, and unfortunately, never had the chance to read anything else by the man until recently. Well I just finished Call it Courage and I have to say I honestly enjoyed it far more than Ghost of the Lagoon, it has such a sense of wonder, adventure, heart, and warmth, that is just as relatable today as it was when it was written. How many modern day boys are often teased and bullied due to their lack or courage or bravery? While the novel is historical it's message is timeless. Call it Courage takes place "before the time of traders and missionaries" so based on that fact, it must take place sometimes in the early 19th century or before, since that's when the traders and missionaries began arriving. It takes place in a traditional Polynesian society on the tiny coral atoll of Hikueru, which is situated in the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia in modern times. It follows an adolescent boy named Mafatu, who grew up intensely afraid of the sea due to a close brush with death from it as a baby that ended up taking the life of his mother. Being the son of a chief Tavana Nui, he is mocked and shamed by virtually the entire community due to his lack of bravery and courage when it comes to fishing or even swimming. Finally, it comes to the point where he has had enough and he sets off on a journey away from Hikueru along with his faithful dog Uri and Albatross Kivi,to prove his worth and bring his father and the community pride and joy. Call it Courage is one of the finest examples of storytelling I have ever experienced, although I never had the chance to read it as a child, I know that I would have loved it even more then than I do now. Told through beautiful, poetic language, Call it Courage is a well deserved 5 stars.

  • I remembered reading this book, and loving it, when I was ten. So I wanted to read it again to understand why it made such an impression on me. The rhythm of the book, the adventures and the main character's ingenuity and resilient character were as wonderful as I remembered, but I had forgotten about the somewhat disturbing ending. Also, there is one point that has not aged as well as the rest of the book: the terrifying "eaters-of-men" who pursue Mafatu are described as 'savages' and 'black', which was perhaps a common idea in 1940 but somehow does not sit well now. For those two reasons, I am not going to pass the book along to my 8 year-old nephew, but I might in a few years.

  • I grew up very poor in a rural southern area of North Carolina. In a very small school in the early 1960's our teacher read to us every day after lunch. I was enthralled by this story. Our family didn't own a tv and I had never imagined a culture so different than mine. I put my head down on my desk and listened as she read about the 'boy who was afraid'. I'm 57 years old now and near the end of a career which began as a federally licensed nuclear reactor operator. I still have my copy that I got as a boy. I read it to my son (many times) and now my grandson, both who were as captivated as I was. This is an example of a book that can change lives, because I began my love of reading with this, and the other books my teacher read to us in a hot and sleepy school room.