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Some Kind of Courage

Some Kind of Courage
Dan Gemeinhart
Scholastic Press, 2016
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Saddle up for a life-defining, death-defying adventure. 

Joseph Johnson has lost just about everyone he's ever loved. He lost his pa in an accident. He lost his ma and his little sister to sickness. And now, he's lost his pony--fast, fierce, beautiful Sarah, taken away by a man who had no right to take her.

Joseph can sure enough get her back, though. The odds are stacked against him, but he isn't about to give up. He will face down deadly animals, dangerous men, and the fury of nature itself on his quest to be reunited with the only family he has left.

Because Joseph Johnson may have lost just about everything; but he hasn't lost hope. And he hasn't lost the fire in his belly that says he's getting his Sarah back--no matter what.


Some Kind of Courage was part True Grit and part a kid-friendly version of The Revenant. It was action-packed and showed children being responsible and making good decisions. The main character was confident and kind, and seemed older than his age. Despite differences in culture and language, Joseph and his friend work together well and truly care about one another. Over all, this book is a good historical fiction book with great lessons. Unfortunately, I myself didn’t have fun reading it, but I know other people will love it.

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