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 young 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, Americas Award and a STARRED REVIEW from Criticas Magazine. His second bilingual lucha libre cuento, Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel, was chosen as a 2012 Pura Belpre Author Honor Book. This is the third book in the series.
"Garza excels at writing scenes full of awesome luchador action and high-octane antics. ... Pretty darn good fun." --Kirkus Reviews "An unfailingly entertaining read." --Children's Bookwatch "This energetic follow-up to Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel (2011), a Pura Belpre Honor Book, will be hard to wrestle from readers' hands." --Booklist Online, Starred Review "... elements of tween romance, wish fulfillment, and adventure." --The Horn Book Magazine