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Maximilian and the Bingo Rematch

Kirkus Reviews
Short chapters and the bilingual format (English text is on the left with Spanish translation on facing pages) make this book a quick read, great for reluctant readers. Readers who enjoyed the first title will be pleased to continue reading about Max and his family.
- April 10, 2013 
Examiner.com
"This book is a must for dual language and bilingual classrooms or any classroom where diversity is discussed and respected."
With "Maximilian and The Bingo Rematch: A Lucha Libre Sequel," Xavier Garza has created a book that will appeal to young Hispanic readers. The book is written in both English and Spanish (English on one page and Spanish on the facing page, except where there are black and white illustrations. at which points the two languages are on the same page).
Many kids love reading about wrestling, and English-speaking or Spanish-speaking, they will enjoy this story. Because the protagonist is Hispanic, the story provides a protagonist whose culture is different from that of most middle grade and young adult books.
Maximilian talks about his tio Rodolfo. His aunts (tia Socorro and tia Dolores) play loteria. Reading the story is, in a way, like visiting a foreign country and learning the games and the expressions.
This book is a must for dual language and bilingual classrooms or any classroom where diversity is discussed and respected.
- Pamela Kramer, November 25, 2013  Visit Website
School Library Journal
"This bilingual sequel avoids formulaic trappings and can be readily enjoyed as a stand-alone novel while artfully setting up the next installment…Garza employs plenty of humor and a first-person voice that rings true to Maximilian’s character. The story includes enough action to satisfy most fans while broadening its focus to reflect the increasing complexities in the boy’s life…an outstanding choice."
Gr 4-7–This bilingual sequel to Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel (Cinco Puntos, 2011) avoids formulaic trappings and can be readily enjoyed as a stand-alone novel while artfully setting up the next installment. Everything has become more complicated for lucha-libre wrestling fanatic Maximilian since starting sixth grade. A lotería bingo game almost breaks out into “a no-holds-barred brawl” when his aunts Dolores and Socorro both claim the Queen Bingo trophy and an intense rematch looms imminent. Big changes with his Uncle Lalo put the family’s newly minted wrestling dynasty on shaky ground. Romance blossoms between Maximilian and Celia Cruz, who then moves to California. Can their long-distance love last, especially when a new girl with a mysterious connection to Maximilian moves to Rio Grande City? Max’s transition into sixth grade drives this adventure and coming-of-age novel’s narrative arc, framing a plot that focuses on relationships that a range of readers will connect with: family, friends, and first love, among others. Garza employs plenty of humor and a first-person voice that rings true to Maximilian’s character. The story includes enough action to satisfy most fans while broadening its focus to reflect the increasing complexities in the boy’s life. Energetic cartoon illustrations complement the story, particularly those related to lucha libre. A quick pace and short chapters make this an engaging read; with its bilingual text and universally relatable treatment of Latino culture, it’s an outstanding choice.–Ted McCoy, Oakland Public Library, CA
- June 20, 2013 

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