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Lucia has always known she's meant to be a superhero. She even has the cape to prove it. Then stories of her grandmother's secret past as a luchadora give her the chance to don a mask and test out a real secret super identity! When she starts a trend, she finds herself facing her first chance to be a hero and stand up for someone who needs it — but can she step out from behind the safety of her mask?
— Meghan G.
Lucía zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when theytell her "girls can't be superheroes," suddenly she doesn't feel so mighty. That'swhen her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucía comes from a family ofluchadoras, the bold and valiant women of the Mexican lucha libre tradition.Cloaked in a flashy new disguise, Lucía returns as a recess sensation! But whenshe's confronted with a case of injustice, Lucía must decide if she can stay true tothe ways of the luchadora and fight for what is right, even if it means breaking thesacred rule of never revealing the identity behind her mask. A story about courageand cultural legacy, Lucía the Luchadora is full of pluck, daring, and heart.
About the Author
Cynthia Leonor Garza has enjoyed many shared adventures at the splendiferousmarket since she was a kid. She’s a journalist who has worked for several newspapers and her commentaries have appeared on NPR and in The Atlantic. She currently lives with her two daughters, husband, and their quixotic dog Bibi in Nairobi, Kenya. To learn more about Cynthia, find her @luchalady or on her website, cynthialeonorgarza.com.
"Garza shines in her children's debut. The text bursts with infectious energy and Lucía's endearing personality.A madcap pace keeps the story moving along with humor, heart, and bravado in equal measures.Likewise, Bermudez's colorful, buoyant illustrations radiate pure joy. Nifty text placement, variations in type color, and use of sound effects add to this delightful package, making it a joy for readers to root for this plucky young girl.A KA-POW kind of wonderful." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"A shining debut outing for author and illustrator, this endearing and humorous title is sure to put a bit of KA-POW into storytimes! A must-have." — School Library Journal (starred review)
AS SEEN IN: Austin American-Statesman, Houston Chronicle, and NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.
LISTED IN: Kirkus' Best Books of 2017, Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best List 2017, and Amazon Editors' Holiday Gift Picks.