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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 (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,661 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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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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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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