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A legendary adventure story of how Mafatu, the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a Polynesian race who worship courage, conquers his fear of the sea and proves he isn't a coward. "Mafatu's story has a strength and simplicity that appeal to a wide range in age, and it is beautifully told".--New York Times Book Review. Newbery Medal; ALA Notable Children's Book.

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