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Some Kind of Courage
Contributor(s): Gemeinhart, Dan

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ISBN: 0545665825     ISBN-13: 9780545665827
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: December 2016

Annotation: Losing his father to an accident, his mother and sister to illness and his horse to a cruel thief, young Joseph confronts deadly animals, dangerous men and the harsh elements of nature to reclaim the only family he has left. By the author of The Honest Truth. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Orphans; Fiction.
Horses; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Horses
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2016055493
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.60" H x 5.30" W x 0.60" (0.35 lbs) 234 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 179853
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q67451
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 13.0
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Contributor Bio(s):
Dan Gemeinhart is a teacher-librarian and father of three daughters. His debut novel, The Honest Truth, was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, an Amazon.com Best Book of the Month, and an Indie Next List pick. His follow up, Some Kind of Courage, was met with critical acclaim, garnering two starred reviews. Dan lives with his family in Cashmere, Washington. Visit him at www.dangemeinhart.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Joseph Johnson--an unfailingly optimistic twelve-year-old orphan--tracks his stolen beloved horse across the Pacific Northwest in this historical tale. Joseph's impassioned journey becomes a series of dangerous encounters that resolve quickly and in his favor. Readers won't worry too much about Joseph's ultimate fate, but a steady procession of colorful side-characters and a brisk pace maintain this earnest adventure's momentum. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 November #1)

Gemeinhart (The Honest Truth) delivers another emotional page-turner in this gripping historical novel about 12-year-old orphan Joseph Johnson. It's 1890 in Washington State, and Joseph's beloved horse, Sarah, has been sold by the unscrupulous alcoholic who took him in after his father's death. Boy and horse have been bound together since Joseph was four, and with an unshakable moral compass instilled in him by his parents, he sets off on the horse trader's tail, soon joining up with a Chinese boy, Cheng, who has a mysterious goal of his own. While the boys cannot communicate with words, their bond grows as they struggle against relentless disasters and crises, encounter virtuous and dubious characters, and perform some good deeds. Gemeinhart gives Joseph a voice authentic to the period and his upbringing ("And it weren't just the cold making 'em shake, neither"), which initially takes some getting used to. While the heartrending ending is a little too good to be true, it's well-earned by Joseph and will satisfy readers accompanying him on his unforgiving journey. Ages 8–12. Agent: Pam Howell, D4EO Literary Agency. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 November)

Gr 5–8—Joseph Johnson has had to become a man sooner than most 12-year-old boys. Following the tragic deaths of his parents and sister, Joseph finds himself the ward of an alcoholic rancher who sells Joseph's beloved horse, Sarah, to a malevolent horse trader. Joseph takes off on his own across Washington state in search of Sarah, ready to give everything he's got to get back to the last reminder of his family. Early on he is joined by Ah-Kee, an abandoned Chinese boy in similarly dire straits who doesn't speak a lick of English. Joseph and Ah-Kee are embroiled in a series of gripping dangers and narrow escapes, each more thrilling than the last. Gemeinhart's vivid language and rapid pacing capture the rugged grandeur and wild unpredictability of the largely unsettled American West of the late 1800s, though it is the fortitude and sensitivity of the main character that elevates this novel beyond a mere succession of adrenaline rushes, absorbing though they are. It is Joseph's unwavering sense of honor and duty that is propelled by love, not the familiar Wild West conception of masculinity, that makes this book truly captivating. VERDICT Gemeinhart's riveting tale of grit and grief is equally tragic and triumphant.—Anna Murphy, Berkeley Carroll School Library, Brooklyn

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