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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

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780007107186

Lexile measure

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.0; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 128 pages
Condition

New

UK edition

Author/Illustrator

Michael Morpurgo

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Michael Morpurgo is a master storyteller, weaving captivating stories full of drama and intensity that are coming to be regarded as true classics. Exploring the most profound subjects with a light yet powerful touch, his books tell unforgettable stories in simple, direct words.

Michael Morpurgo discovered his talent for writing while working as a teacher. “We had to read the children a story every day and my lot were bored by the book I was reading. I decided I had to do something and told them the kind of story I used to tell my kids – it was like a soap opera, and they focused on it. I could see there was magic in it for them, and realised there was magic in it for me.”

Living in Devon, listening to Mozart, and working with children have provided most of the stimulae Michael needs to discover and write his stories. He spends about half his life mucking out sheds with the children, feeding sheep or milking cows; the other half he spends dreaming up and writing stories. “For me, the greater part of writing is daydreaming, dreaming the dream of my story until it hatches out – the writing down of it I always find hard. But I love finishing it, then holding the book in my hand and sharing my dream with my readers.”

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    Jacquelinewilson677
    on 5 March 2014

    Very adventures I loved it

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    zippy123
    on 5 March 2014

    Good book

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    Coco88494
    on 22 June 2013

    Very touching and a lot of adventure,

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    powerpush22
    on 19 February 2013

    Strange but amazing!

  5. Petula 113689

    sparklebooks
    on 21 March 2012

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

    5out of 5
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    nikki657
    on 4 March 2012

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

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    dashernasher
    on 4 March 2012

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

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    booksrcul
    on 29 January 2012

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

    4out of 5
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    pawprint2
    on 7 January 2012

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

    pawprint2

    4out of 5
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    Molly13579
    on 2 December 2010

    Brilliant Book, From Kim Rawlings Michael Morpugo Fan