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A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller

by Xavier Garza
illustrated by Xavier Garza
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6th Grader Max joins the Lucha Libre Club. It's bilingual. ZAP! Grab your masks! Let the action begin! POW!

Product Details

10-digit ISBN1-941026-41-0
13-digit ISBN978-1-941026-41-0
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
Also Available InHardcover
Page Count208
Product Dimensions6 x 9
Publication DateOctober 3, 2016
Starred Review1 Stars - see reviews
RightsAll Rights Available
The fights still rage on in the third installation of Max's Lucha Libre Adventures series. Max seems like any other nerdy kid until he's asked to join the Lucha Libre Club. The super-secret club admits only the offspring of wrestling royalty. And Max is a prince, descended through his mother from royal blood, his uncle the very king of lucha libre: The Guardian Angel. Trouble is, the club is so secret that Max can't tell his best friend or girlfriend what he is up to. Just that vexing girl, Paloma.

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, author and luche libre aficionado Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. Garza lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Irma and their young son Vincent.

Garza is author and illustrator of several lucha libre picture books for children. His lucha libre middle grade series began in 2005 with Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask and quickly became a hit among children and lucha libre fans. Lucha Libre won an Honor Book, Américas Award and a STARRED REVIEW from Críticas Magazine.

His second bilingual lucha libre cuento, Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, was chosen as a 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book.

This is the third book in the series.
Kirkus Reviews
"Garza excels at writing scenes full of awesome luchador action and high-octane antics. … Pretty darn good fun."
- December 6, 2016  Visit Website
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Children's Bookwatch
“An unfailingly entertaining read.”
- February 1, 2017  Visit Website
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Booklist Online 1 Stars
"This energetic follow-up to Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel (2011), a Pura Belpré Honor Book, will be hard to wrestle from readers’ hands."
- December 28, 2016  Visit Website
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The Horn Book Magazine
"… elements of tween romance, wish fulfillment, and adventure."
- Jonathan Hunt, March 1, 2017  Visit Website
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School Library Journal
"Highly recommended, particularly for bilingual collections and where the author’s books are popular."
- Selenia Paz, May 1, 2017  Visit Website
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