Maximilian & the mystery of the Guardian Angel A bilingual lucha libre thriller

Xavier Garza

Book - 2011

Eleven-year-old Maximilian, a big fan of the form of wrestling known as lucha libre, begins to suspect that he has a close connection with his favorite luchador, El Angel de La Guardia, the Guardian Angel.

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Series
Max's lucha libre adventures series ; 1.
Subjects
Published
El Paso, TX : Cinco Puntos Press 2011.
Edition
1st ed
Language
Spanish
English
Item Description
"Thanks to Luis Humberto Crosthwaite and Carla González Campos for their translation. And to Flor de María Oliva for her edit of the Spanish ; Book cover and design by homeboy Sergio Gómez"--Opposite title page.
Physical Description
207 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Audience
Middle School.
820
Awards
ALA children's award.
Pura Belpre Author Honor, 2012.
ISBN
9781451799484
9781933693989
1933693983
9780605500358
0605500355
Main Author
Xavier Garza (author)
Other Authors
Flor de María Oliva (Editor)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 López, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA [Page 103]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Eleven-year-old Margarito, a big fan of the form of wrestling known as lucha libre, begins to suspect that he has a close connection with his favorite luchador, El Angel de La Guardia, the Guardian Angel.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Eleven-year-old Maximilian, a big fan of the form of wrestling known as lucha libre, begins to suspect that he has a close connection with his favorite luchador, El Angel de La Guardia, the Guardian Angel.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Margarito acts like any other eleven-year-old aficionado of lucha libre. He worships all the players. But in the summer just before sixth grade, he tumbles over the railing at a match in San Antonio and makes a connection to the world of Mexican wrestling that will ultimately connect himmaybe by blood!to the greatest hero of all time: the Guardian Angel.A 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Award winner!Xavier Garza was born in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. An enthusiastic author, artist, teacher, and storyteller, his work is a lively documentation of the dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of south Texas.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Margarito's summber vacation resembles one of his beloved lucha libre movies: grudge matches, fantastic villains and the Guardian Angel.