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Maximilian and the Lucha Libre Club

The Horn Book Magazine

In this third series entry, twelve-year-old Maxs girlfriend, Cecilia, has moved to Hollywood, and hes managed to keep things platonic with the equally beguiling Paloma, despite her crush on him. But then Cecilia breaks up with him over Christmas break and Paloma moves away, and Max is left wishing he had his earlier problem. When Maxs luchador uncle breaks his leg and can no longer wrestle, he turns to writing the storylines for the matches, and Max is invited to the next big event in Los Angeles. Of course, this allows him to see Cecilia again. Paloma is also there because she, like Max, has famous wrestling relatives. She invites him to join the Lucha Libre club, and together they watch the tournament, full of drama, suspense, and spectacle. What this story may lack in literary distinction, it more than makes up for in child appeal, with elements of tween romance, wish fulfillment, and adventure. In this bilingual book, the English is on the left-hand page of a spread, while the Spanish is on the right. Each of the twenty-seven chapters also includes a full-page black-and white illustration, making it an especially quick read for reluctant readers.
- Jonathan Hunt, March 1, 2017  Visit Website

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