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Wojciechowska, Maia.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1964.
IL 5-8, RL 5.8
ISBN 0689300425
Manolo Olivar was born the son of Juan Olivar, the greatest bullfighter Spain has ever known.  When Juan Olivar meets his death on the horn of a bull, Manolo is only 3.  When Manolo turns 12, he will be expected to fight his first bull and the whole town of Arcangel lives for that day. But Manolo has a secret that ties his stomach in knots: he is afraid.  Afraid of bulls.  He dares not to tell anyone his secret for fear he will dishonor his family and his fatherís memory.  But how can he face his destiny when he has no courage?  Manolo tries to teach himself to have no fear: he practices the complicated passes and movements of the matador.  He practices in the middle of the night with his best friendís brother who dreams only of fighting bulls.  Then his day comes.   Can Manolo enter the bullring and meet his destiny?   (Jocelyn Deal,, Winterville Elementary School)
SUBJECTS:     Bullfights -- Fiction.
                        Spain -- Fiction.


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