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Manolo Olivar is eleven and is a coward. However, he needs to face his fear to follow in his father's footsteps to become a bullfighter. No matter how much he practices, he's still terrified. Can Manolo find the courage to face the bull with honor?
Maia Wojciechowska's 1965 Newbery Medal winner about a young boy struggling with his father's legacy.Manolo was only three when his father, the great bullfighter Juan Olivar, died. But Juan is never far from Manolo's consciousness--how could he be, with the entire town of Arcangel waiting for the day Manolo will fulfill his father's legacy? But Manolo has a secret he dares to share with no one--he is a coward, without aficiÓn, the love of the sport that enables a bullfighter to rise above his fear and face a raging bull. As the day when he must enter the ring approaches, Manolo finds himself questioning which requires more courage: to follow in his father's legendary footsteps or to pursue his own destiny?
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