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MAXIMILIAN & THE MYSTERY OF THE GUARDIAN ANGEL

A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller

by Xavier Garza
illustrated by Xavier Garza
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ALA Notable Children's Books, 2012
2012 Pura Belpré Award Honor Book
Maximillian's summer vacation resembles one of his beloved lucha libre movies: grudge matches, fantastic villains and the Guardian Angel.

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-933693-98-3
13-digit ISBN978-1-933693-98-9
FormatPaperback
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
Page Count160
Product Dimensions6 x 9
Publication DateOctober 1, 2011
RightsAll Rights Available
A Pura Belpré-winning bilingual cuento. Maximillian is just another 11 year-old lucha libre fan. He goes to the matches, watches the movies and collects the masks of his favorite wrestlers, especially the Guardian Angel. But when he tumbles over the railing at a lucha libre match in San Antonio Max makes a connection to the world of Mexican wrestling that will ultimately link him—maybe by blood!—to the greatest hero of all time: the Guardian Angel. What was shaping up to be one boring summer before 6th grade now seems like a story straight out of Max's beloved lucha libre movies!

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The plot unfolds, in both English and Spanish, as Maximilian comes face-to-face with El Ŕngel, and what develops is a rapid sequence of holds and high-flying adventures. Garza—an author, artist, and storyteller—paints larger-than-life portraits of the luchadores and offers readers authentic insights into the exciting world of lucha libre...Bold, black-and-white comic-style art opens each chapter and gives readers a sense of what the luchadores look like. With its quick pace, humor, and endearing characters, this title—like Garza’s picture book Lucha Libre (2005)—is sure to turn more kids into lucha libre fans.
- February 7, 2012 
The Monitor
“Garza’s masterful illustrations and the many well-written action scenes make this a must-read for middle-grade boys.”
- David Bowles, July 6, 2012  Visit Website
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All Brown All Around
"Garza has done it again...a unique middle grade novel that pays homage to the Mexican tradition of masked wrestlers...We don't often see middle grade novels that are bilingual and that include male Latino protagonists. Garza and Cinco Puntos Press have really outdone themselves in hitting on all of these areas that are lacking in the world of children's books...Here's to more books like this in the near future!
- February 9, 2012 
Language Arts
Garza captures the excitement of the wrestling matches with energetically descriptive passages… This action-packed winner of a 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Award is sure to be a favorite.
- Jonda C. McNair, September 1, 2012  Visit Website
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Reading Matters
"[An] engaging bilingual novel...Garza’s writing captures the excitement of the wrestling matches."
- May 9, 2013  Visit Website
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