Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller

by Xavier Garza

Book list Eleven-year-old Maximilian dreams of one day becoming a luchador (or Mexican wrestler) on the Mexican wrestling circuit. He attends the lucha libre matches, faithfully watches the movies, and collects the colorful masks of his favorite wrestlers, especially El Àngel de la Guarda. The plot unfolds, in both English and Spanish, as Maximilian comes face-to-face with El Àngel, and what develops is a rapid sequence of holds and high-flying adventures. Garza an author, artist, and storyteller paints larger-than-life portraits of the luchadores and offers readers authentic insights into the exciting world of lucha libre, including the villains who are trying to end the reign of El Àngel. Bold, black-and-white comic-style art opens each chapter and gives readers a sense of what the luchadores look like. With its quick pace, humor, and endearing characters, this title like Garza's picture book Lucha Libre (2005) is sure to turn more kids into lucha libre fans.--Zapata, Angie Copyright 2010 Booklist

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School Library Journal Gr 4-6-Garza has made a career of Lucha Libre stories, and nobody does them better. With their costumes, and the masks that conceal their true identities, Lucha Libre wrestlers are the real superheroes of Mexico. Maximilian's hero is a wrestler known as the Guardian Angel. When the he comes to San Antonio to wrestle, Maximilian is beside himself. What he doesn't know is how learning the Guardian Angel's true identity will change his life and that of his family. Full of magical realistic touches that are one of the hallmarks of Latino literature, this book is an irresistable combination of action and mystery. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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School Library Journal Gr 6-9-Eleven-year-old Max is fascinated with the world of Lucha Libre and the great wrestler known as the Guardian Angel. For those unfamiliar with Lucha Libre, it is similar to the North American WWF except that it is includes Mexican folklore and traditions as well as wrestling moves that are unique to Mexico. Max lives in Texas, where it has become tremendously popular. Much to his great joy, he is given the opportunity to attend a match in San Antonio, where his hero will be challenging the ruthless Red Devil. In all the emotion of attending the event, Max falls into the ring and thus into the Guardian Angel's path. To his surprise, this spontaneous encounter reveals a family connection between them that will forever change both of their lives and those of Max's family members. This title is accessible to both English and Spanish speakers.-Jessica McClinton Lopez, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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