In this, the third installation of the Max’s Lucha Libre Adventures series, the fights still rage on. As far as Max is concerned, things should just be the way he thinks they should be: he and Cecilia, though she’s moved to LA, are still in love. And the new so-fun girl named Paloma is just only a friend.
At least, that’s how it is according to the myopic Max. But despite all his plans, the match is on between Cecilia and the very-present but maddening Paloma, both vying for the noble wild heart that sixth-grade Max doesn’t quite understand he has. The boy lives a double life. To Leo, he’s a best friend and to Cecilia, he’s a boyfriend but he can’t reveal to either one of them—though he can to Paloma—that in reality, he’s a prince, descended through his mother from royal blood, his uncle the most famous luchador of all time, the very king of lucha libre: The Guardian Angel.
Praise for Xavier Garza’s Maximilian Series
Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel
2012 Pura Belpré Honor Book ALA Notable Children’s Books, 2012
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.
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!
Garza employs plenty of humor and a first-person voice that rings true to Maximilian’s character. The story includes enough action to satisfy most fans while broadening its focus to reflect the increasing complexities in the boy’s life…an outstanding choice.
Short chapters and the bilingual format (English text is on the left with Spanish translation on facing pages) make this book a quick read, great for reluctant readers. Readers who enjoyed the first title will be pleased to continue reading about Max and his family.
XAVIER GARZA is truly a South Texas legend, but now his legend is growing throughout Texas and the whole country, especially after receiving an ALA Pura Belpre Honor Book designation for his chapter book, Maximillian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, and critical acclaim in the New York Times for The Great and Mighty Nikko. Young boys, of course, love his great books about lucha libre. A public school teacher, Xavier continues being a prolific author, artist and storyteller in schools and public events. His work is a lively documentation of the dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas, and he especially enjoys sharing his stories with kids around the country. He lives with his wife and son in San Antonio, Texas.