Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller (Bilingual)
Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller (Bilingual)
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Annotation: 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.
Catalog Number: #5231876
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 207 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-933693-98-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-933693-98-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2010037400
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
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 author, artist, and storyteller ints 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 ke Garza's picture book Lucha Libre (2005) sure to turn more kids into lucha libre fans.
School Library Journal
Gr 6&11;9&12; 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.&12; Jessica McClinton L&3;pez, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA
Word Count: 18,932
Reading Level: 5.1
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.1 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 149362 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.4 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q56989
Lexile: 820L

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 him--maybe 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.


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