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Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel

Language Arts

This bilingual novel is told from the perspective of Maximilian, an 11-year-old who lives in San Antonio, Texas, and is a huge fan of Mexican wrestling. Maximilian’s favorite wrestler is the Guardian Angel and while attending one of his fights, he slips over a guardrail and has an encounter with him. He eventually discovers that the Guardian Angel is a long-lost uncle. Garza captures the excitement of the wrestling matches with energetically descriptive passages. For example, 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 action-packed winner of a 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Award is sure to be a favorite with many students in the upper-elementary grades.
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