Maximillian and the Lucha Libre Club: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller
Maximillian and the Lucha Libre Club: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller

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Annotation: Max seems like any other nerdy kid, until he's asked to join the super-secret Lucha Libre Club, which admits only the offspring of wrestling royalty. The trouble is, it's so secret that he can't even tell his friends, and the only one who knows is that annoying girl, Paloma.
Catalog Number: #130985
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Consortium
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 235 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-941026-41-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-95886-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-941026-41-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-95886-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016014774
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Reviews:
Horn Book
In this third entry, twelve-year-old Max's luchador uncle invites Max to a big event in L.A., where ex-girlfriend Cecilia lives. But the equally beguiling Paloma invites Max to join the Lucha Libre club and watch the tournament. What this illustrated bilingual story may lack in literary distinction, it more than makes up for in child appeal, with tween romance, wish fulfillment, and adventure.
Kirkus Reviews
In the third book of Max's Lucha Libre Adventures, the titular hero struggles through the complexities of young love as he prepares to fulfill his luchador destiny. "Who knew the life of a twelve-year-old could be this darn complicated?" Uh-oh. Things are heating up between Max and Paloma. Though she's moving to another city, Max can't help but wonder if his newfound friend—who also shares a familial link to the lucha libre world—is more than just a friend. Max's long-distance relationship with the girl of his dreams, Cecilia Cantu, also ends on a less-than-ideal note, muddling matters even more. Meanwhile, Max flies to Los Angeles to watch his tío Rodolfo, the legendary Guardian Angel, compete against some of the fiercest luchadores in the world. As he trains to follow in his renowned uncle's footsteps, Max must face off against a rival of his own. Can Max triumph in both love and lucha libre? Book 3 of Max's journey keeps to the same structure as its predecessors, with short, breezy chapters and a bilingual format (English text on the left, Crosthwaite's Spanish translation on the right). The highlights here are the lucha libre matches. Garza excels at writing scenes full of awesome luchador action and high-octane antics. Though the romance plot at times feels overcooked, it fits within the high-stakes melodrama of the story. Pretty darn good fun. (Fiction. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 37Maximilian is back in this third book in the series. Wrestling with keeping his lucha libre life and his feelings for Cecilia, the girl of his dreams, a secret, Max doesn't think his life can get any more complicated. When Paloma, the only friend who knows that Max's uncle is the great Guardian Angelthe greatest luchador of all timemoves away, Max doesn't know whom he will be able to talk to about lucha libre. He receives a ticket and backstage passes to attend the Big Brawl in Los Angeles and travels with his uncles and Vampiro Velasquez. He is quickly inducted into the Lucha Libre Cluba group for kids who are related to luchadoreswhich Paloma is a part of. With the help of Vampiro Velasquez, who provides valuable life lessons as well as instruction on wrestling techniques, the protagonist discovers what makes the Guardian Angel more than just a man in a mask. Written in English and Spanish, this story is filled with excitement and addresses the problems and everyday worries of kids like Max. Illustrations accompany each chapter, and all readers, including reluctant ones, will find something to interest them; the addition of the female luchadoras and their young relatives is a nice touch. Readers of all ages will discover wisdom within the story, especially in the character of Vampiro Velasquez, who reminds us that time passes for everyone. VERDICT Highly recommended, particularly for bilingual collections and where the author's books are popular.Selenia Paz, Helen Hall Library, League City, TX
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* In Max's third adventure, a family secret prompts Max to join a club of other young adults who share the same unspoken connections ey are related to world-famous luchadores. Fans of lucha libre will be excited to see 12-year-old Max follow in his family's wrestling legacy and begin his own luchador career. Max hopes to be like his famous uncle, the Guardian Angel, but he's a bit distracted with his two love interests, Cecilia and Paloma. Middle-grade readers will be captivated by Max's story and Garza's exciting descriptions of the wrestling matches. While the narrative clearly establishes that wrestling is a male-dominated world, Garza makes sure to include strong luchadoras like Paloma and La Dama Enmascarda (The Masked Lady). Black-and-white drawings appear at the beginning of each chapter, effectively capturing Max's emotions and setting the tone for upcoming plot developments. Another wonderful aspect of this story is that bilingual readers can follow the narrative in English on one page and read the Spanish translation on the next. This energetic follow-up to Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel (2011), a Pura Belpré Honor Book, will be hard to wrestle from readers' hands.
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Word Count: 20,054
Reading Level: 3.3
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 185641SP / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.2 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q69877
Guided Reading Level: U
Fountas & Pinnell: U

The fights still rage on in the third installation of Max's Lucha Libre Adventures series. Max seems like any other nerdy kid until he's asked to join the Lucha Libre Club. The super-secret club admits only the offspring of wrestling royalty. And Max is a prince, descended through his mother from royal blood, his uncle the very king of lucha libre: The Guardian Angel. Trouble is, the club is so secret that Max can't tell his best friend or girlfriend what he is up to. Just that vexing girl, Paloma. Xavier Garza lives in San Antonio, Texas.


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