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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 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 and the rest of his father’s herd early one morning, he becomes a witness to the bombing of his village by Franco’s forces, and the massacre of its surviving inhabitants. With his innocence devastated, how will Antonito recover from what he has seen? Surprising, powerful and moving, this is an unforgettable portrait of violence and recovery, examined through the bond between a boy and a bull. Another must-read from a master writer, illustrated with Michael Foreman’s fabulous artwork.

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AR book level: 5.0; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 128 pages




Michael Morpurgo

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  1. Jacquelinewilson677
    on 5 March 2014

    Very adventures I loved it

  2. zippy123
    on 5 March 2014

    Good book

  3. Coco88494
    on 22 June 2013

    Very touching and a lot of adventure,

  4. powerpush22
    on 19 February 2013

    Strange but amazing!

  5. 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
  6. nikki657
    on 4 March 2012

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

  7. dashernasher
    on 4 March 2012

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

  8. booksrcul
    on 29 January 2012

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

    4out of 5
  9. pawprint2
    on 7 January 2012

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


    4out of 5
  10. Molly13579
    on 2 December 2010

    Brilliant Book, From Kim Rawlings Michael Morpugo Fan