With roots on the U.S./Mexico border, Cinco Puntos publishes great books which make a difference in the way you see the world.
childrens books
young adult books
poetry books
fiction books
non-fiction books
graphic novels
first concepts
featured titles

about us
customer service

Teacher's Resources
View & Print our Bilingual Catalog
View & Print our YA Catalog
an excerpt from Maximilian and the Bingo Remach - A Lucha Libre Sequel
an excerpt from <i>Maximilian and the Bingo Remach - A Lucha Libre Sequel</i> August 16, 2012

This is an unedited draft. For more on Maximilian and the Bingo Rematch click here.

Queen Bingo:Chapter 1

“Bingo! I have bingo,” screams my tía Dolores.

“No! I’m the one that has bingo,” my tía Socorro yells back.

We’re at the church fundraiser. My two aunts have just scored bingo on their respective lotería cards. They are more than ready to settle their dispute by coming to blows. It’s sure to be a no-holds-barred brawl, the likes of which we haven’t seen since this past summer’s titanic battle between lucha libre legends Vampire Velasquez and the Guardian Angel.

“She’s your sister,” my mother Braulia reminds tía Socorro.

“Don’t try and stop me, Braulia,” tía Socorro warns. “Dolores has had it coming for years!”

“Let her go, Braulia,” insists tía Dolores. She is itching for a fight. “I’m ready for her!”

“Fight! Fight! Fight!” my little brother Robert begins to chant.

“Quiet down, Roberto!” My mother shoots Little Robert a scornful glance.

Tía Socorro claims her bingo diagonally while tía Dolores claimed hers horizontally. Adding to the controversy is an echoing dispute among the rest of the bingo players: Exactly which of my two aunts actually called out bingo first?

“Socorro won,” cries out one lady. “She is the winner!”

“You’re crazy,” says another. “Dolores clearly called out bingo first!”

“No she didn’t!”

“Yes she did!”

“No she didn’t!”

“Yes she did!”





After much yelling and finger pointing, it is agreed that the final decision should fall squarely on the shoulders of our local parish priest, Father Martinez. The bingo players fix their eyes on the priest as he carefully looks over my aunts’ playing cards. He gestures for me to come forward. I hesitate. The last thing I need to do is get involved in my aunts’ ongoing feud.

“Max here is nephew to both of these women,” asserts Father Martinez. “As such, he will be impartial in verifying the playing cards that are in question. Please call out the images on the cards that are covered with raw pinto beans, Max. Do it loudly and clearly for all to hear. Let there be no doubt.”

La muerte—the grim reaper

La chalupa—the lady in the boat.

El catrín—the dandy.

El diablo—the devil.

“It’s a definite bingo for my tía Socorro,” I say very quietly.

“I knew it,” declares tía Socorro triumphantly. “Max isn’t lying. He knows the better aunt won.”

Father Martinez gestures for me to turn my attention to the playing card held by my tía Dolores.

La dama—the lady.

El nopal—the cactus.

La campana—the bell.

El diablo—the devil.

“Well, it’s a definite bingo for my tía Dolores as well.”

“Yes,” shrieks tía Dolores. “Tell Socorro that I won, Max. You tell her right now!”

“You both won.” What else could I say? I wasn’t sure who had called out bingo first, and both of them held winning bingo cards.

“That being the case, the game has ended in a tie,” declares Father Martinez.

“A tie?” says tía Dolores. “It’s unheard of for a bingo game to end in a tie!”

“Tie breaker! Tie breaker! I demand a tie breaker,” screams tía Socorro.

“Yes, let’s decide a winner by sudden death,” adds tía Dolores. She places major emphases on the word DEATH.

“No tie breaker, and no sudden death,” says Father Martinez. “The game has ended in a tie and that is final. You both won!”

My aunts shoot me disapproving stares. I cringe.

“What about the trophy?” says tía Dolores?

Yes indeed, what about the trophy? The Queen Bingo trophy is in reality nothing more than an old tin cup-shaped trophy Father Martinez won as a boy back in elementary school. He had the old plaque removed and replaced with a new one that reads: QUEEN BINGO.

“We can’t split the trophy in two now, can we?” asks tía Socorro.

“You will have to share the trophy,” says Father Martinez.

“What? That’s insane!” declares tía Dolores.

“Me share with her?” says tía Socorro. “Unacceptable!”

Share the trophy? Has Father Martinez lost his mind? Does he honestly expect my aunts to share? He might as well be asking the Guardian Angel to unmask and reveal his secret identity to the whole world. It just isn’t going to happen!


Maximilian & the Bingo Rematch is the sequel to Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, an Honor Book for the Pura Belpré Award. Xavier Garza rules the ring when it comes to writing and illustrating action-packed, high interest books filled with crazy comic-book art and set in the emotionally charged world of sixth-grade. 

In Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, Max tumbles over the railing at a lucha match in San Antonio and makes a connection to the world of Mexican wrestling that will ultimately link him to the greatest hero of all time: the Guardian Angel. He also falls in love with the beautiful Cecilia Cantú. In Maximilian & the Bingo Rematch, suddenly everybody seems to be fighting: a couple of cranky tías who, like lucha libre rudos, will stop at nothing to triumph in the church’s lotería game; his masked uncles going for the tag-team title of the world, and a green-eyed vixen named Paloma who challenges his love for Cecilia. Will good triumph over evil? Max sure hopes so!

Xavier Garza was born in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He is an enthusiastic author, artist, teacher and storyteller whose work is a lively documentation of the dreams, superstitions and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and Washington. He lives with his wife and son in San Antonio, Texas.

Maximilian and the Bingo Rematch - A Lucha Libre Sequel
by Xavier Garza
available in paperback and hardback Spring 2013

Click ↓the link below↓ to read the first two chapters of Maximilian and the Bingo Rematch.

Download PDF

books for kids | young adults | poetry | non-fiction | fiction | on sale | featured titles
submissions | about us | customer service | contact us | bilingual books
search | privacy statement | ©2001 - 2019 Cinco Puntos Press
Designed by
Stanton Street 

Distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution.