Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel
by Xavier Garza
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I know absolutely nothing about lucha libre which I think was a disadvantage when reading this book as I had no background knowledge to which I could relate the events of the story. However, there was enough other content in the story that I was able to follow along without too much of a problem and I even learned a little about lucha libre! Max is a huge fan of lucha libre and his hero is the Guardian Angel. This story is face paced and contains some humor. I think this book would greatly appeal to middle grade readers, especially to those who may have seen a lucha libre match. This book is presented in both English and Spanish with English being on the left page and Spanish on the right. I think once kids discover this book, they will want to read the other ones in the series.
Rating: 3.5 stars