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Enoch Thacher, a boy whose father lost his fortune at sea, is taken on by the famous shipbuilder, Donald McKay, and accompanies the 'Flying Cloud' on her maiden, record-breaking trip around the Horn. A Newbery Honor Book.
Maftu was afraid of the sea. It had taken his mother when he was a baby, and it seemed to him that the sea gods sought vengeance at having been cheated of Mafatu. So, though he was the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a race of Polynesians who worshipped courage, and he was named Stout Heart, he feared and avoided tha sea, till everyone branded him a coward. When he could no longer bear their taunts and jibes, he determined to conquer that fear or be conquered-- so he went off in his canoe, alone except for his little dog and pet albatross. A storm gave him his first challenge. Then days on a desert island found him resourceful beyond his own expectation. This is the story of how his courage grew and how he finally returned home. This is a legend. It happened many years ago, but even today the people of Hikueru sing this story and tell it over their evening fires.<P><P> Newbery Medal winner
Newbery Medalist Armstrong Sperry tells the exciting story of the man who led a rag-tag continental navy to victory at sea.
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