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Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel

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This engaging, bilingual novel is told from the perspective of Maximilian, an 11-year-old who is a Mexican wrestling aficionado. His favorite wrestler is the Guardian Angel and while attending one of his wrestling matches, he has a chance encounter with him. Maximilian discovers that the Guardian Angel is a long lost uncle. Garza’s writing captures the excitement of the wrestling matches. While attending one wrestling match at which the main event will be a fight between the Guardian Angel and El Cavernario (prehistoric caveman) and “his tag team partner, the chain-collar wearing Dog-Man Aguayo” (p. 58), the text reads, “The lucha libre show begins with a series of opening bouts that whet our appetites for the main event action. The most memorable match can only be described as a virtual 8.9 on the Richter scale. This is a bout of gargantuan proportions that sees the irresistible 402-pound man known as the Ton Jackson go toe-to-toe with the immovable 405-pound Big Bad Tamba. Both huge men do the impossible and take to the air as if they were featherweights” (pp. 59-60). This book earned Xavier Garza a 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Award.
- May 9, 2013  Visit Website

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