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Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Miguel de Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote
Ages 8-12
Illustrated by: Raúl Colón
ISBN: 9781561458561
Price: $17.95
Published by: Peachtree Publishers

Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Miguel de Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote

by Margarita Engle
This fictionalized first-person biography in verse of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra follows the early years of the child who grows up to pen Don Quixote, the first modern novel. The son of a gambling, vagabond barber-surgeon, Miguel looks to his own imagination for an escape from his family’s troubles and finds comfort in his colorful daydreams. At a time when access to books is limited and imaginative books are considered evil, Miguel is inspired by storytellers and wandering actors who perform during festivals. He longs to tell stories of his own. When Miguel is nineteen, four of his poems are published, launching the career of one of the greatest writers in the Spanish language.
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