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Publisher's Summary

Mafatu's name means "Stout Heart," but his people call him a coward. Ever since the sea took his mother's life and spared his own, he has lived with deep fear. And even though his father is the Great Chief of Hikueru, an island whose seafaring people worship courage, he is terrified, and consequently, he is severely scorned. By the time he is twelve years old, Mafatu can bear it no longer. He must conquer his fear alone...even if it means certain death.
This classic tale of a young boy's hidden strength has been a favorite of readers of all ages since its 1940 publication. Now this exclusive audio preserves its original poignancy and splendor, and brings Mafatu to life for future generations of listeners.
©1940 Macmillan Publishing Company, a Division of Macmillan, Inc. (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews

Newbery Medal Winner, 1941
"The story is wild enough to be remembered, and it cannot be remembered without doing good." (New York Herald Tribune
 "[Narrator Lou Diamond] Phillips gives this Newbery Medal classic adventure tale an outstanding performance. He so effectively develops the character of the boy that listeners feel Mafatu's terror and fierce determination to overcome his fear... Sound effects enhance the narration.... A classic example of the power of audio to enhance a beautifully told story." (AudioFile)  
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5 out of 5 stars
By Just me on 03-20-08

Kept my kids on the edge of their seat

This book was a fun family read. Lots of excitement combined with a very good lesson.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-09-18

Amazing

I love this! At first you're not used to the music, but overall IT IS amazing

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