Miguel Must Fight!

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By Jamie Ofelia

Illustrated by Sara Palacios

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A charming Spanish language story about a young artist in a family of sword fighters, whose passions are put to the test when a dragon attacks his village.

Miguel was like a paintbrush in a family of steely swords …

All his life, Miguel's familia told him he must fight! But his family's art of sword fighting never captivated him as much as the sway of his colored pencils did. 

When his village is threatened by El Dragón, Miguel must make a choice: will he stand with his familia and fight, or can he prove that the pencil is mightier than the sword? 

With vibrant illustrations from award-winning artist Sara Palacios, this charming story of family tradition and self-discovery will inspire young readers to always follow their passions. 


  • * “Ofelia’s picture-book debut crackles with a playful text that wraps a self-affirming message in a thrilling mini-adventure … A maravilloso reminder of being true to oneself.” —Kirkus, starred review

On Sale
Apr 30, 2024
Page Count
40 pages

Jamie Ofelia

About the Author

Jamie Ofelia is a biracial Latina woman who writes fiction and nonfiction stories for Latine kids so they can see themselves reflected as heroes in mainstream children's literature. She holds her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently a stay-at-home mom living in Dallas, where she spends her days reading diverse picture books with her son. Miguel Must Fight! is her picture book debut. She invites you to visit her at JamieOfelia.com or follow her on Twitter @JamieOfelia.

Sara Palacios is the Pura Belpré Award–winning artist of Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown, and the illustrator of many books for children including Américas Award winner Between Us and Abuela by Mitali Perkins, Lola Out Loud by Jennifer Torres, and A Way with Wild Things by Larissa Theule. Sara graduated with a degree in graphic design and went on to earn BFA and MFA degrees in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. A native of Mexico, Sara now lives in San Francisco.

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