The book was never boring, it always had unexpected twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this to a friend. Apr 28, Libby Manship rated it it was amazing. Another great Young Hoosier book recommendation from my year old! Quick read and lots of excitement with an old western feel. It ends in a great way after lots of suspense. I hope this is made into a movie or series.
Will definitely look for more from this author! Aug 04, Saowbia Ever the Reader rated it really liked it. I have a review, which was my very first review and it is very embarrassing, you can read it, but I wouldn't recommend it. Anyway, I'm still amazed at how he managed to create a beautiful coming of age story. It became one of my favorites of last year, so I was eagerly anticipating his next book. Some Kind of Courage is quite different than his first novel.
It is a western historical fiction, but still a wonderful, adventurous coming of age story. I adored the writing style in this book. The book is narrated in first person point of view from Joseph's point of view. The writing in The Honest Truth was simple, but the simplicity was what made it beautiful. In this book, the writing has a western feel to it which goes with the time period of The characters had a Southern accent and I could clearly imagine them talking.
If I ever decide to reread this book, I would definitely go for the audiobook. Despite being a historical fiction, the time period that takes place is not one that many would know about. The s doesn't necessarily depict a pivotal time in history, it's mostly forgotten. However, there are many important topics brought up that I was not expecting. The premise seems simple enough. A boy goes on a journey to get his horse back. Dan Gemeinhart really does dig deep into a dark and serious place.
He brings up the topic of racism back then, specifically how people treated people who were Chinese or any person of color.
They were handled in a tactful way and I enjoyed the addition of those aspects. The main character, Joseph was not an outstanding character, by any means. He's respectful and brave, a little too generic, but I didn't hate him. Mostly, I loved the friendships he developed with the other characters. His companionship with his horse, Sarah was so sweet and even we didn't see much of Sarah, you could tell how loyal the two were to each other.
Additionally, there is another friendship Joseph develops with a character that really one of the reasons for my high rating. The two couldn't understand each other since they both spoke different languages, but they understood each other on a different level. The friendship they developed was loyal and strong. Who this character is, I will leave the reader to discover on their own. I did have a small issue with the fact that the story followed a similar format to the author's previous book.
It didn't bother me that much but there could have been more of a distinction. Overall, I would recommend checking out this book solely for the writing or the friendships or just the entirety of it. Dan Gemeinhart knows how to write incredible stories, and I will be picking up his future books. Oct 26, Ms.
Yingling rated it liked it. Grissom after the death of his father in an accident. He's been mistreated, but the final straw is that Grissom has sold his horse, Sarah, to the equally horrible Ezra Bishop. Joseph takes his father's gun, the money Grissom got for Sarah, and a few provisions to which he feels entitled, tells Grissom what he's doing, and runs away.
Before he gets too far, he meets a Chinese boy who has lost his relatives to disease and who seems unable to leave the town. Without speaking his language, Joseph invites the boy, whose name is Cheng, to join him on his journey to find Bishop and retrieve his horse. Joseph understands loss, since his mother and younger sister both fell victim to diphtheria.
It's not a bad idea to have a companion in the wilderness in the Northwest territories in the late s, and the two boys face grizzlies, bad weather, "Indians" and plenty of evil doers.
Cheng eventually finds his father, and Charlie finds not only his horse, but a home along the way. Strengths: This was the best kind of historical fiction-- fast paced and interesting with lots of good details about what it was like to live in a certain time and place.
Joseph's situation is certainly one that would have been common, and the inclusion of a variety of horse dealers was something new.
Weaknesses: I very much appreciated the way that diversity was dealt with. This is an extremely tough call with historical books, and Gemeinhard struck a good balance. The terms and descriptions of the Chinese immigrants and the Indians are very true to the time period, and Gemeinhart goes out of his way to talk about the approved terms for the Chinese and how Joseph thinks that they should not be treated differently from other people.
Because the author is not an enrolled member of a Native American tribe, however, I am concerned that the depictions of Native Americans will not meet with approval. The tribe dealt with is named as the Wenatchi.
What I really think: I was not a fan of The Honest Truth, so wasn't thrilled to pick this one up, especially with the unattractive cover. This also just about lost me in the first couple of chapters, and when Joseph went on and on about his mother and sister. STILL, in the end I was completely engrossed in Joseph's journey, was glad that he ran into helpful people, and was relieved that he found a suitable situation at the end.
I have added a copy to my list to purchase for next year. This year's money was all spent back in December! Mar 22, Christina rated it it was amazing Shelves: buckeye-childrens-bk-award-nominee , historical-fiction. What a wonderful book! But while that book was set during the Civil War and takes place in a wide array of locales across the country over the span of the war, this one is set in a specific location, the frontier of Washington state.
It's been ages since I read the Sunday book, so my memories are probably hazy, and I'd love to read it aga What a wonderful book! It's been ages since I read the Sunday book, so my memories are probably hazy, and I'd love to read it again now to compare the two. But anyway, Some Kind of Courage has a terrific main character, Joseph, who's 12 and has had to do a lot of growing up in just a year.
He lost his mother and younger sister to typhoid, and then his father died in a wagon accident, leaving him homeless and orphaned, to be cared for by a complete stranger who is the poster child for how NOT to raise a kid: he's a drunken reprobate who sells Joseph's beloved horse Sarah without telling Joseph.
But as soon as Joseph finds out, he is determined to track her down and get her back, because she's not just his dear horse, she's his only family. His journey is hard, on foot at first, through mountainous wilderness, but he perseveres, and also helps others along the way, including a lost Chinese boy who doesn't speak English but who becomes his best friend. I loved the beautiful harsh frontier setting with its callous backstabbing horse traders, hardy homesteaders, etc.
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