Richard Knight faced his challenges with Mr Kilmer's encouragement and Mrs Hansen's support. At first Richard was hiding his poem writing skill from his family and friends. But with Mrs Hansen's support he relieved his skills to his family and friends. Richard also started to write better poems even after his friends started to tease his poem writing habit. This is because of Mr Kilmer's encouragement.
Richard also faced his challenges with his bravery. Richard was brave enough to tell his family that he isn't going to hunt any animals as his father and brother does. Richard was also brave enough to befriend with Anna Schemer who is a German girl when the whole village hates her family. He signed the sympathy card for Anna Schemer when nobody else wanted to do it:-)