Some Kind of Courage

Some Kind of Courage

by Dan Gemeinhart


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Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

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.

The critically acclaimed author of The Honest Truth returns with a poignant, hopeful, and action-packed story about hearts that won't be tamed... and spirits that refuse to be broken.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545665773
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 318,439
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dan Gemeinhart is a teacher-librarian and father of three daughters. His debut novel, The Honest Truth, was a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, an Best Book of the Month, and an Indie Next List pick. His follow up, Some Kind of Courage, was met with critical acclaim, garnering two starred reviews. Dan lives with his family in Cashmere, Washington. Visit him at

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Some Kind of Courage 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved this book! I cannot say enough great things about this novel. I wish I could buy enough books and put them in every classroom and give a book talk about it because this book is a gem! What is so great about it? It is about a boy who loses his horse and then goes on a journey to get him back but it’s not really a journey, it’s an adventure, an outing, a movement, and a march. Joseph is determined to get Sarah back because that is all that is left of his family and as we trail along with Joseph we learn that his mama and his papa taught him right. He is a tough little man, with manners, skills, and values that his parent instilled in him but he knows right from wrong and don’t try to swindle him because he stern and sharp too. Joseph set off on his mission alone but he comes across Ah-Kee, a Chinese boy who speaks no English and the town people where Joseph found him, have no time for him. Joseph invites Ah-Kee to join him while he tracks down his horse Sarah who was sold right out from underneath him. Armed with his father’s pistol and the money the swindler received for the sale, Joseph and Ah-Kee set off on foot. Joseph and Ah-Kee show us that sometimes you don’t have to speak the same language to communicate as these two boys are able to convey their thoughts to each other as they travel. It becomes an emotional and bonding experience for these two boys as they experience life together, drawing nearer to Joseph’s horse as they travel. I loved every page of this novel, I was laughing, crying and caring about the survival of these two boys. On their travels, they met other individuals who are having troubles, they met up with animals in the forest and they meet individuals who wanted to hear the story of how these two friends met up. I loved the western, twang of the language that the author uses and the adventures that the boys encounter, they were top-notch. This was a fabulous story, I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forever great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really sad and made me cry at times, but it is really really good at the same time. Joseph's commitment to his horse, Sarah, is inspiring. I really liked this book and I recomend it for others. :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Is An Outstanding Book To Read PLease Read This Book