Wednesday, June 08, 2011


Written and illustrated by Xavier Garza
Available August 2011
Cinco Puntos Press

  • * Reading level: Young Adult
  • * Paperback: 160 pages
  • * Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press; Bilingual edition
  • * Language: English
  • * ISBN-10: 1933693983
  • * ISBN-13: 978-1933693989

Maximillian 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, Lucha libre, that will ultimately connect him—maybe by blood!—to the greatest hero of all time: the Guardian Angel.

¡Salud, familia!

¡Salud, familia! is Arte Público Press's publishing and outreach program that encompasses health and nutrition education. Our mission is to expand access to important health and nutrition information through lively and engaging bilingual children’s books. These books will be distributed to low-income Hispanic families with school-aged children residing in urban and rural areas by our partnering organizations. The program is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Marguerite Casey Foundation, The California Endowment, The Simmons Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

I Kick the Ball is a book about a boy who uses his imagination and healthy lifestyle sensibilities to be a skillful soccer player. The book’s message encourages children to exercise and eat the right foods.

Click here to download Arte Público Press’s coloring book of it's first book of the ¡Salud, familia! series entitled, 

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