Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller

Xavier Garza (Illustrator)

Product Details

$12.95  $11.91
Cinco Puntos Press
Publish Date
October 18, 2011
5.9 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds

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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.


"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 Belprรฉ Committee

"Garza captures the excitement of the wrestling matches with energetically descriptive passages ... This action-packed winner of a 2012 Pura Belprรฉ 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