A Good Courage

Author: Tolan, Stephanie S.

Subjects: Family/social relationships; Abuse; Cults

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-88092-781-9

Latest edition: 2016

Order code: 7819

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7819S

A Good Courage Cover

Fourteen-year-old Ty Rainey’s mom has found heaven on earth at a reclusive commune called the Kingdom.  But Ty soon discovers that the children, separated from their parents, are treated essentially as slaves—even the sick must work—and the punishment for defying the rules is harsh.

Ty knows that he must find the courage to rebel, but how can he when the price for doing so may be his freedom, his sanity, even his life?

He becomes a popular storyteller with the children, and although education is strictly forbidden, Ty secretly teaches one of the younger boys to read. He has one ally in Samarah, who, at great cost to herself, pledges to help him. Their "keepers" are truly terrifying and the punishments cruel.

This reissued novel is gripping, complex, and enthralling.

Reviews:

A spellbinding, action-packed cautionary tale.” – Kirkus Reviews (pointered review)

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
This well-told survival story is frightening in its examination of cults and communes.  An entirely realistic plot peopled by distinctive, believable characters that will be long remembered.– School Library Journal (starred review) 

Fourteen-year-old Ty Rainey’s mom has found heaven on earth at a reclusive commune called the Kingdom.  But Ty soon discovers that the children, separated from their parents, are treated essentially as slaves—even the sick must work—and the punishment for defying the rules is harsh.

Ty knows that he must find the courage to rebel, but how can he when the price for doing so may be his freedom, his sanity, even his life?

He becomes a popular storyteller with the children, and although education is strictly forbidden, Ty secretly teaches one of the younger boys to read. He has one ally in Samarah, who, at great cost to herself, pledges to help him. Their "keepers" are truly terrifying and the punishments cruel.

This reissued novel is gripping, complex, and enthralling.

Reviews:

A spellbinding, action-packed cautionary tale.” – Kirkus Reviews (pointered review)

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
This well-told survival story is frightening in its examination of cults and communes.  An entirely realistic plot peopled by distinctive, believable characters that will be long remembered.” – School Library Journal (starred review)

A Good Courage Cover

Share this book

A Good Courage sample pages:

You are viewing Home-based Switch to school-based