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Armstrong Sperry (1897–1976)

Autor(a) de Call It Courage

40+ Works 7,669 Membros 60 Críticas

About the Author

Armstrong Sperry was a well-known writer and illustrator of books for children and young adults. Many of his works were historical fiction and biography, and he often wrote about sailing ships. His most famous book, Call It Courage, won the Newbery Medal in 1941 for excellence in children's mostrar mais literature. mostrar menos
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Obras por Armstrong Sperry

Call It Courage (1940) 5,753 exemplares
John Paul Jones: Fighting Sailor (1953) 432 exemplares
All About the Arctic and Antarctic (1957) 146 exemplares
All About the Jungle (1959) 91 exemplares
Storm Canvas (1944) 31 exemplares
The Amazon: River Sea of Brazil (1961) 26 exemplares
River of the West (1952) 25 exemplares
Black Falcon (1949) 25 exemplares
Danger To Windward (1947) 22 exemplares
Thunder Country (1952) 20 exemplares
The Rain Forest (1964) 17 exemplares

Associated Works

The Story of Mankind (1997) — Ilustrador, algumas edições1,599 exemplares
Tarzan and the Lost Empire (1928) — Ilustrador, algumas edições567 exemplares
The Young Folks' Shelf of Books, Volume 09: Call of Adventure (1900) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
Through Lands of the Bible (1938) — Ilustrador — 115 exemplares
Mystery at Thunderbolt House (1944) — Ilustrador — 101 exemplares
Hell on Ice (1938) — Ilustrador — 90 exemplares
The Story of Hiawatha (1951) — Ilustrador — 70 exemplares
The Jinx Ship (1927) — Ilustrador — 40 exemplares
Boat Builder: The Story of Robert Fulton (1940) — Ilustrador — 33 exemplares
The Codfish Musket (1936) — Ilustrador — 23 exemplares
Johann Gutenberg (Real People) (1951) — Ilustrador — 23 exemplares
Zebulon Pike (Real People) (1950) — Ilustrador — 19 exemplares
Faraway Ports (1940) — Ilustrador — 18 exemplares
Prince Henry (Real People) (1951) — Ilustrador — 13 exemplares
Clipper Ship Men (1944) — Ilustrador — 12 exemplares
Night Boat and Other Tod Moran Mysteries (1942) — Ilustrador — 11 exemplares
Jungle River (1945) — Ilustrador — 10 exemplares
Shuttered Windows (1971) — Ilustrador — 8 exemplares
Secret of the Congo (1955) — Ilustrador — 8 exemplares
Writing Books for Boys and Girls (1952) — Contribuidor, algumas edições5 exemplares
Ocean Outposts — Ilustrador — 4 exemplares
Tall Timber (1955) — Ilustrador — 4 exemplares
New World Builders: Thrilling Days with Lewis and Clark (1937) — Ilustrador — 2 exemplares
Nicholas Arnold: Toolmaker (1941) — Ilustrador — 2 exemplares
Courage Over the Andes (1940) — Ilustrador — 2 exemplares
Dogie Boy — Ilustrador — 2 exemplares
Winabojo: Master of Life (1941) — Ilustrador — 1 exemplar
Stars to Steer By — Ilustrador — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Sperry, Armstrong
Nome legal
Sperry, Armstrong Wells
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Evergreen Rest Cemetery, Thetford Center, Orange County, Vermont, USA
Local de nascimento
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Local de falecimento
Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Locais de residência
New York, New York, USA
Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Paris, France
Thetford Center, Vermont, USA
Stamford Preparatory School
Art Students League of New York
Yale University (School of Art)
Académie Colarossi
Sperry, Paul A. (brother)
United States Navy
Prémios e menções honrosas
Newbery Medal (1941)
New York Herald Tribune Children's Spring Book Festival Award (1944)
Boys' Clubs of America Junior Book Award (1949)

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Armstrong W. Sperry was born on November 7, 1897 in New Haven, Connecticut. Sperry was an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. His books include historical fiction and biography, often set on sailing ships, and stories of boys from Polynesia, Asia and indigenous American cultures. He is best known for his 1941 Newbery Medal-winning book "Call It Courage." Sperry died on April 26, 1976.



I remember reading this book years ago for school. Our copy doesn’t have a particularly inspiring cover, so I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, but as soon as I got into it, I realized the cover was misleading. I loved it!

More recently, when my siblings wanted me to read a book to them one day, we chose this one…and ended up finishing it the same day. This is a gripping read! I love the way it showcases history and how people lived in the past, while also illustrating what it means to be courageous and push yourself outside your comfort zone.

This isn’t an easy story, in some ways—Mafatu faced some very difficult circumstances, and then there are (vague) allusions to horrific worship practices that were not uncommon back then. There are also quite a few mentions of Polynesian gods, as this book is based on a legend that was formed long before any Christian missionaries got to the area.

Overall, though, it’s a great book. It has become a family favorite, one of those books that if someone mentions the title, everyone’s eyes light up. “Yes, that one!”. In my opinion, everyone should read this at least once in their lives. It’s a short, sharp, impactful story, and I’m grateful my mom introduced me to it when I was a child.
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EstherFilbrun | 48 outras críticas | Oct 6, 2023 |
One of my earliest books leading to my love of the Sea. A boyhoods dream.
BrianRichards66 | 2 outras críticas | Oct 4, 2023 |
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 the 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.… (mais)
PlumfieldCH | 48 outras críticas | Sep 21, 2023 |
I read this one when it first came out as a child. It eventually led me to Jim Kjelgaard, Jack London and other writers of adventure stories. Call it Courage was probably the first story I read that sort of expanded my horizons beyond my world in NE Wisconsin of the 1960's & early 1970's. Even in 2021, the story is not at all dated and I highly recommend it to any youngster looking to step outside of his comfort zone.
DaleAllenRaby | 48 outras críticas | Mar 8, 2021 |



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