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Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller
2/24/2012
Pura Belpre Committee
2012 Pura Belpre Author Honor Book
Friday, February 24, 2012
by: Pura Belpre Committee

Section: Children's Book Reviews



February Issue

Members of the 2012 Pura Belpre Award Selection Committee are: Chair Jamie Campbell Naidoo, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Rebecca Alcala, San Francisco Public Library (Calif.); Carling Febry, San Diego, Calif.; Daisy Gutierrez-Ngo, San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Texas; Amanda Sharpe, Harper Junior High School Library, Davis, Calif.; Henrietta M. Smith, Delray Beach, Fla.; and Francisco Vargas, Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library.

Xavier Garza successfully captures the excitement that Max, an eleven-year-old Mexican-American boy, displays when he discovers that his favorite Lucha Libre wrestler is coming to town and might have a strange connection with his own family! 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 illustrations are incredibly insighful and give struggling readers something to look forward in this page turning novel.  Highly recommeded for school and public libraries.
 


Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller written by Xavier Garza, published by Cinco Puntos Press.

 

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