Manolo Olivar is eleven, and knows himself to be a coward. Even after hours spent practicing toreo, the art of bullfighting, he is still terrified. His faughter fought his first bull at twelve, won fame, then lost his life in the arena. And how the townspeople expect Manolo to take his place. But after he meets Juan, who really does want to be a matador, Manolo faces his fear - and finally knows what he must do.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7. Haunted by the legend of his father, a world-famous bull fighter, 11-year-old Manolo Olivar searches for the courage to pursue his own dream. The characters in Maia Wojciechowska's Newbery Medal winning story (S&S, 1964, 1972) come vividly to life through Francisco Rivela's dramatic reading. His melodic voice and authentic Spanish accent draw listeners into Manolo's emotional struggle to remain faithful to himself while retaining the honor of his family and the respect of the townspeople who are looking to him to restore the glory that his father had once brought to their small Andalusian town. Readers unfamiliar with the Spanish terms for bullfighting techniques may find some of the passages hard to follow without consulting a dictionary (the original book included a glossary of terms). Wojciechowska's coming of age story, while set in surroundings unfamiliar to most Americans, will strike a responsive chord with young listeners facing their own issues about growing up, meeting others' expectations, and discovering that there are many different kinds of courage
A Sonlight book. The cover on mine is somewhat different than the one shown, but the ISBN numbers and Title Match. A different edition maybe.
Interesting story - thought provoking. 1965 Newbery Medal
Winner of the 1965 Newbery Medal.
Manolo Olivar must live up to his father's reputation as the greatest matador in Spain. At 11, he must fight his first bull. Can he face one of his greatest fears?
Ages 8-12 or so.
Newbery Medal Award Winner