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Maximillian's summer vacation resembles one of his beloved lucha libre movies: grudge matches, fantastic villains and the Guardian Angel.
A Pura Belpr -winning bilingual cuento. Maximillian is just another 11-year-old lucha libre fan. He goes to the matches, watches the movies and collects the masks of his favorite wrestlers, especially the Guardian Angel. But when he tumbles over the railing at a lucha libre match in San Antonio, Max makes a connection to the world of Mexican wrestling that will ultimately link him--maybe by blood --to the greatest hero of all time: The Guardian Angel. What was shaping up to be one boring summer before 6th grade now seems like a story straight out of Max's beloved lucha libre movies
Las vacaciones de verano de Maximillian se parece a una de sus queridas pel culas de lucha libre: partidos de rencor, villanos fant sticos y el ngel Guardi n.
Un cuento biling e, ganador de Pura Belpr . Maximillian es solo otro fan de lucha libre de 11 a os. l va a los partidos, mira las pel culas y colecciona las m scaras de sus luchadores favoritos, especialmente el ngel Guardian. Pero cuando cae por la barandilla en un combate de lucha libre en San Antonio, Max hace una conexi n con el mundo de la lucha mexicana, que finalmente lo vincular , tal vez por sangre --Al h roe m's grande de todos los tiempos: El ngel Guardian.
A 2012 Pura Belpr 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.
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 the 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.
"Garzaan author, artist, and storytellerpaints 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