Synopsis: Mafatu's name means "Stout Heart," but his people call him coward. Ever since the sea took his mother's life and spared his own, he has lived with a deep dear. And even though his father is the Great Chief of Hiueru - an island whose seafaring people worship courage - he is terrified and so they hate him. By the time he is fifteen years old, Mafatu can bear it no longer. He must conquer his fear alone...even if it means certain death. (from the back of the book)
Review: I read this book because it's a Newbery. It lived up to the medal. Mafatu's fear was real and understandable and his quest to overcome it took the reader through highs and lows, peace and storms. I would highly recommend this to young boys, age 6-13. I can see them, in particular, enjoying the adventure.
PS: The dog lives.
Bookmarks: 7 of 10
Awards: Newbery Medal, 1941
Date Finished: 12-1-2013