Maximilian & the Lucha Libre Club (Max’s Lucha Libre Adventures #3)

A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller



By: Xavier Garza
Illustrator: Xavier Garza
Translator: Luis Humberto Crosthwaite
Max seems like any other nerdy kid until he’s asked to join the ranks of royalty, the Lucha Libre Club.
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Max seems like any other nerdy kid until he's asked to join the Lucha Libre Club.

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. Just that vexing Paloma.

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, author and luche libre aficionado Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. Garza lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Irma and their son Vincent.

Garza is author and illustrator of several lucha libre picture books for children. His lucha libre middle grade series began in 2005 with Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask and quickly became a hit among children and lucha libre fans. Lucha Libre won an Honor Book, Amréicas Award and a STARRED REVIEW from Críticas Magazine.

His second bilingual lucha libre cuento, Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, was chosen as a 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book. This is the third book in the series.

5 reviews for Maximilian & the Lucha Libre Club (Max’s Lucha Libre Adventures #3)

  1. Kirkus Reviews
    Garza excels at writing scenes full of awesome luchador action and high-octane antics. … Pretty darn good fun.

  2. Children’s Bookwatch
    An unfailingly entertaining read.

  3. Booklist Online
    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.

  4. The Horn Book Magazine
    [C]hild appeal, with elements of tween romance, wish fulfillment, and adventure. In this bilingual book, the English is on the left-hand page of a spread, while the Spanish is on the right. Each of the twenty-seven chapters also includes a full-page black-and white illustration, making it an especially quick read for reluctant readers. —Jonathan Hunt

  5. School Library Journal
    Highly recommended, particularly for bilingual collections and where the author’s books are popular. —Selenia Paz

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