SUMMER SURVIVAL READING!
Are you looking for some adventurous summer reading?
Call It Courage, The Island of the Blue Dolphins, and
The Sign of the Beaver are Newberry Award-winning books
(and three of Mr. Smith's all-time favorite stories)
that are sure to keep you reading during the break!
Print out and answer the attached comprehension packets
to earn a reward from Mr. Smith when you return to school!
CALL IT COURAGE!
BY ARMSTRONG SPERRY
Mufatu's name means "Stout Heart," but his people call him a coward.
Ever since the sea took his mother's life and spared his own,
he has lived with deep fear. And even though his father is
Great Chief of Hikeru--an island whose seafaring people
worship courage--Mufatu is terrified and scorned by his tribe.
By the time he is fifteen years old, Mufatu can bear it no longer.
He must conquer his fear alone...even if it means certain death.
ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS!
BY SCOTT O'DELL
Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as San Nicolas Island.
Blue dolphins splash in the water surrounding it, sea otters play in the kelp beds,
and sea birds roost in its crags. Once, Indians also lived on this island--
until one day they were forced to abandon their home and sail to the east.
But a young girl was left behind.
Her name was Karana. Year after year, she waits for
her people to return, but they never do. Finally, she realizes that she must
make a fateful choice: follow after her people or remain on the island
alone until the end of her days.
THE SIGN OF THE BEAVER
BY GEORGE ELIZABETH SPEARE
Now that twelve-year-old Matt and his father have finished building
a comfortable cabin for the family in the Maine wilderness, Matt's father
must leave to bring the rest of the family to the new settlement. Until the day his
father returns, Matt must try to survive on his own. Matt is brave, but he is not
prepared far an attack by swarming bees, and he is astonished when
he is rescued by an Indian chief and his grandson, Attean.
As the boys come to know each other, Attean learns to speak English,
while Matt becomes a skilled hunter. Many months pass with
no sign of Matt's family. Then Attean asks Matt to join the Beaver clan
and move north. Should Matt abandon his hopes of ever seeing
his family again and go on to a new life?