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Historical fiction is generally not a genre that my boy students tend to gravitate to, despite it being one of my personal favorites. I had as a mentor text growing up WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS, after all. Some Kind of Courage is sure to change my readers' minds: girl readers, boy readers, reluctant readers...You name the reader, Dan Gemeinhart has written one heck of a tale for them! I could not put it down. At the end of each chapter, he left you hanging like one of my beloved 1970's soap operas. What's going to happen next? Indians, you say? A bear? A woman alone birthing a baby? A canoe going down rapids...and its occupants can't swim, you say? Sign me up! This teacher-librarian-author knows how to hook kids (and adults) and reel 'em in!
Tucked cleverly throughout the book are Ma and Pa's truisms, quiet whisperings from beyond the grave that serve as Joseph's touchstones-and will surely serve as its readers' guiding stars, too. In fact, Beers' and Probst's Six Signposts from Notice and Note pop up throughout the pages like a game of Whack-a-Mole. I cannot WAIT to book talk this one to my class on Monday and tell them that this will be our March Book Club Choice (for boys' only). Surely the groans from my girls will be heard in space. My only solace is in knowing that the girls will voraciously read Some Kind of Courage just like the boys will.
Welcome to the exclusive club of historical fiction titles that are sure to grab you by the throat and not let you go until the very last page, Some Kind of Courage. Where the Red Fern Grows will show you around.
1. It’s boring. So incredibly boring. 2. It's written in dialect… sometimes. It’s really inconsistent. I do not like middle grade books that are written in dialect because that’s the age we’re teaching grammar to kids and then we give them a book that (sometimes) uses improper grammar. It’s one thing if it’s just the dialog, but this was the whole book (but only sometimes). 3. The plot is dumb. It just is. 4. Most of the action is incredibly boring. Even when it was supposed to be exciting, it wasn’t. It had a few moments that were at least a little interesting, which is the only reason I didn’t give it one star. 5. It’s supposed to be historical fiction, but the whole thing is really unbelievable. 6. I could not work up the least bit of sympathy for any of the characters. I really did not like the main character. He was super annoying. I was mildly curious about the Chinese boy’s bird figure, but that turned out to be quite anti-climactic.
That seems like an unlikely adjective for a book, but that is the word that came to me when describing this book. I could also say gripping, meaningful, glorious, enthralling, and they would all fit. The writing is beautiful, and the voice of the main character, Joseph, rings true. This is a love story about a boy and his horse, a boy and his friend, a boy and his mama and papa. A boy with integrity, honor, and a mission. I laughed, I cried, and I didn't want it to end.
Some Kind of Courage is a perfect summer reading book for boys 8-12 years old. It's high adventure, heart stopping scenes, humorous events and challenges any boy would understand. The 12-year-old orphan has courage and honor in the face of betrayal. He leans on the things he learned from his parents to find his way through a long journey to recover his pony. I like this book so much I have already bought a copy for my grandsons in one family and plan to buy another one for the other set in my family. Even if you are not a pre-teen boy, I recommend that you buy a copy and enjoy the story. It's just that good.
It's such an adventures book. It has lots of sad happy and exciting parts. It has lots of twist, ups and downs. should be called a roller coaster of courage. we listen to it on audio in the car on a trip and my brothers were going crazy. then it had a happy ending.
I absolutely loved this book! It kept my interest and had me in tears at the end. I am a teacher and this is a required read for my students this year. When I started reading this book, I had no idea this book took place in the area I grew up. I am from Ellensburg, Wa, and was able to envision all the places the main character traveled throughout the book and really enjoyed traveling back in time with the character. I can't wait to read more from this author!
I didn't think I would like this book with it's coloquial Western jargon, but after chapter 3 I was hooked and couldn't put it down until I found out if sweet Sarah would be reunited with Justin. Although it says for grades 5-8 on reviews, I would give this book to any 4th or 5th grader, with a box of tissue. Just loved how Geimeinhart made me laugh and sob. Truly deserves the 5 stars. I rarely give 5 stars.