Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lucia the Luchadora

Written by by Cynthia Leonor Garza
Illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez

  •             Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  •             Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  •             Hardcover: 32 pages
  •             Publisher: POW! (March 7, 2017)
  •             Language: English
  •             ISBN-10: 1576878279
  •             ISBN-13: 978-1576878279

Lucía zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when they tell her "girls can't be superheroes," suddenly she doesn't feel so mighty. That's when her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucía comes from a family of luchadoras, the bold and valiant women of the Mexican lucha libre tradition. Cloaked in a flashy new disguise, Lucía returns as a recess sensation! But when she's confronted with a case of injustice, Lucía must decide if she can stay true to the ways of the luchadora and fight for what is right, even if it means breaking the sacred rule of never revealing the identity behind her mask. A story about courage and cultural legacy, Lucía the Luchadora is full of pluck, daring, and heart.

NPR Best Books of 2017
Kirkus Best Books of 2017
Chicago Public Library Best Picture Books of 2017
Evanston Public Library List of 101 Best Books for Kids 2017
ALA's 2018 Amelia Bloomer List for best feminist books for children

"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)

"Garza shines in her children's debut. The text bursts with infectious energy and Lucía's endearing personality...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 (starred review)

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