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Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller (Max's Lucha Libre Adventures) (English and Spanish Edition) Paperback – October 18, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Series: Max's Lucha Libre Adventures
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press; Bilingual edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 1933693983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933693989
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 … 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." — Booklist

“Garza’s masterful illustrations and the many well-written action scenes make this a must-read for middle-grade boys.”—The Monitor

"This action packed bilingual mystery novel uses playful language that reinforces elements of Mexican-American culture and overflows with almost unbridled excitement for Lucha wrestling." — The Pura Belpré Committee

"Garza captures the excitement of the wrestling matches with energetically descriptive passages … This action-packed winner of a 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Award is sure to be a favorite." — Language Arts

"Garza has done it again...a unique middle grade novel that pays homage to the Mexican tradition of masked wrestlers...We don't often see middle grade novels that are bilingual and that include male Latino protagonists. Garza and Cinco Puntos Press have really outdone themselves in hitting on all of these areas that are lacking in the world of children's books...Here's to more books like this in the near future!"—All Brown All Around

"[An] engaging bilingual novel...Garza’s writing captures the excitement of the wrestling matches."—Reading Matters

More About the Author

Xavier Garza was born in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He is an enthusiastic author, artist, teacher and storyteller whose work is a lively documentation of life, dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. He lives with his wife and son in San Antonio, Texas, and is the author of numerous books.

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It is well written and a fun and surprising read!
amitai
Maximilian's summer vacation turns into an action packed adventure when he finds out that his great uncle is secretly the greatest masked wrestler in the world.
Ventura
Garza’s masterful illustrations and the many well-written action scenes make this a must-read for middle-grade boys.
David Bowles

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ventura on October 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
A great book that boys will love! Maximilian's summer vacation turns into an action packed adventure when he finds out that his great uncle is secretly the greatest masked wrestler in the world. Maximilian and the mystery of the Guardian Angel is an action packed book that will draw even the most reluctant of readers into its pages.
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The following review originally appeared in the July 5, 2012, edition of The Monitor.

Last week the Pura Belpré Medal (named for the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library) was officially awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). This award is given annually to a Latino/a writer and illustrator whose work best reflects the Latino experience in a young adult or children’s literature. One of the books recognized by the ALSC was Xavier Garza’s Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, a bilingual Lucha Libre thriller. Garza, originally from Rio Grande City, is an artist, teacher and storyteller whose many works brilliantly capture the intersection of mythic and everyday along the border.

Maximilian is a 12-year-old fan of Mexican wrestling. His biggest hero is the Guardian Angel, a Santo analogue who has been wrestling and making movies for four decades. Max’s family is pure Valley: an extended network of siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles whose love for one another is balanced by their often explosive personalities. The book centers on the relationship between Max and his uncle Lalo, who indulges the boy’s love of wrestling more than his mother wants. When Max finally gets to see his idol in action, a series of events unfurl that reveal the wrestler to be a member of the family (I won’t mention his identity). This revelation leads several characters to evolve in unexpected ways, and by the end the reader understands how Lucha Libre—an art form that requires wrestlers to bond and work as partners to inspire the crowd—can also bring families and communities together. Also sweetly poignant is the sub-plot about Maximilian’s crush on hazel-eyed Cecilia (whose affection he wins in a great scene).
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By Sam's Mom on November 30, 2014
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Our family loves all the titles by Xavier Garza and we appreciate the fact that they are in a bilingual format to accommodate our family's bilingual communication style. Can't wait for my son to be able to read the other titles on his own some day. I am a great admirer of Xavier Garza and his artistic and story-retelling talent. He is quite an inspiration to young Latino boys like my son.
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By amitai on March 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
My 7 year old girl enjoyed this book. and she isn't into wrestling or lucha libre. It is well written and a fun and surprising read!
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By Arthur W. Glowka on December 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
I received a copy of this book in a box of over thirty other books for young adults at a workshop at a recent meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English. For the next two days, I heard none of the other authors who were speaking because I was completely engrossed in the Spanish pages of Garza's delightful tale of a young boy whose dreams about lucha libre and masked wrestlers come true. I was very thankful for the facing English and Spanish pages that allowed quick translation of colloquial Spanish idioms with colloquial English idioms--and vice versa. Great story telling! Interesting characters! Well worth the price and the time!

Arthur Wayne Glowka
Author of The Texiad: An Epic of the Texas Revolution
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