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A stirring tale of war, courage and the bullfight, set in Andalucia during the Spanish Civil War. Horrified to learn that the corrida, or bullfight, involves not just a dance but a death, six-year-old farm child Antonito vows to save his beloved bull Paco from such a bloody fate. But when he sneaks out to free Paco early one morning, he witnesses the bombing of his village by the dictator Franco’s forces. With his innocence destroyed, how will Antonito recover from what he has seen? Surprising, powerful and moving, this is an unforgettable portrait of violence and its aftermath, explored through the bond between a boy and a bull.

“A poignant tale, simply told, about the horror of the Spanish Civil War and the noble cruelty of bullfighting.” Sunday Telegraph

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AR book level: 5.0; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 128 pages


UK edition


Michael Morpurgo

8025 morpurgo 206731


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    on 5 March 2014

    Very adventures I loved it

  2. Avatar owl 761790

    on 5 March 2014

    Good book

  3. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 22 June 2013

    Very touching and a lot of adventure,

  4. Default avatar

    on 19 February 2013

    Strange but amazing!

  5. Petula 113689

    on 21 March 2012

    this is a magical book emotional both good and bad the best book ever i recommend it

    5out of 5
  6. Evie 113313

    on 4 March 2012

    It was shorter than I thought other than that, it was good.

  7. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2012

    It was a bit to short but it wouldno better even if it was longer.

  8. Clarice thumb 136

    on 29 January 2012

    It was shorter than I thought other than that, it was good.

    4out of 5
  9. Avatar bat 761713

    on 7 January 2012

    I liked this book.I almost started crying at the end :(.My favourite character was Paco!!!!!


    4out of 5
  10. Bellasara 113282

    on 2 December 2010

    Brilliant Book, From Kim Rawlings Michael Morpugo Fan