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Some Kind of Courage: 11/11/16
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart is about a boy trying to hold on to the one last thing dear to him — his horse. Joseph's parents and sister are dead and now the man he's been working for has sold off his horse to buy more alcohol.
Along the way Joseph runs into other people in similar situations. There's Ah-kee, a Chinese boy who has been separated from his family. There is a Wenatchi boy, just labeled as an "Indian" by Joseph who has broken his ankle and needs help back to his village.
It is through his kindness — something his mother taught him — that Joseph is able to succeed in retrieving his horse. He also manages to help his new friends so it's happy endings all around. Except of course for the fact that Joseph is still an orphan and homeless — but hey, he has his beloved horse!
The book is problematic. Neither Ah-kee nor the Wenatchi boy really get to become characters on their own. They are there to boost Joseph's status as a worthy hero and to help him achieve his goal of getting back his horse.