Lucia the Luchadora and the Million Masks (Lucia the Luchadora #2)

by Cynthia Leonor Garza (Author) Alyssa Bermudez (Illustrator)

Lucia the Luchadora and the Million Masks (Lucia the Luchadora #2)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Lucía's little sister Gemma wants to be a luchadora like her big sister, but she is more bumble and splat than pizzazz and seems to find trouble wherever she goes. When Gemma makes a ginormous hole in Lucía's special silver mask, Lucía is incredulous and exasperated at how her little sister seems to get away with everything. But Lucía's grandmother, Abu, has an idea: a trip to the mercado to get Gemma her very own lucha libre mask. There are so many masks to choose from, and Lucía can't resist trying on masks and imagining all the new secret identities she could have if she had endless masks. When Lucía realizes she's misplaced her special silver mask, a frantic search ensues with Gemma's help. Lucía the Luchadora's big heart is on display again in her latest adventure, where she learns that some things, including trouble making little sisters, are one of a kind.

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

PreS-Gr 2--Lucía is back, this time with her little sister Gemma in tow. But while Lucía can leap from the tree house, landing full of pizzazz, Gemma "goes CRACK, she goes CRUNCH, Bumble, Tumble, Splat" and, she's also prone to trouble. When the younger child makes a ginormous hole in her sister's beloved mask, Abuela explains that Gemma just wants to be a luchadora like Lucía, and comes up with an idea. Abu takes the girls to a mercado, better described by Lucía as a "splendiferousmarket!" At the stand with all the lucha libre masks, Abu tells them about a famous luchador known as "Mil Máscaras," who wore a different mask every time he went into the ring. As Gemma wonders which mask to choose, Lucía wonders what it would be like to be the Girl of a Thousand Masks. When Gemma disappears into the market following a kitten, Lucía follows close behind. They eventually catch up to the animal, and are finally in agreement--they must find the kitten's family. Employing different colors, fonts, and sizes, the text in this second adventure is just as vibrant and jubilant as the first; reading it aloud a must. The very expressive illustrations capture Lucía's endearing and outsize personality with humor and gusto. VERDICT Abu's words ring true: "Remember, the best adventures are shared." Another storytime hit.--Lucia Acosta, Children's Literature Specialist, Princeton, NJ

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Review quotes

Sisterhood leads to an adventure befitting a luchadora in Garza and Bermudez's sublime sequel to Lucía the Luchadora (2017). Donning her luchadora mask and silver cape, Lucía dives and soars in her backyard like a true luchadora. Her little sister, Gemma, tries to demonstrate some luchadora flair too, but the younger girl bumbles, tumbles, and SPLATS right on her face. Lucía thinks Gemma "always finds trouble." When Gemma tears a hole in Lucía's beloved mask, a devastated Lucía knows older sisters never win. Abuela, however, offers a solution. The trio head off to the mercado—which Lucía calls a "splendiferousmarket"—to find a luchadora mask for Gemma, one that'll help her "finally act like a real luchadora." Similar to its predecessor, this follow-up pops and snaps with jubilant glee. Garza's buoyant wordplay and delightful characters also continue to shine. Equally, Bermudez's vibrant, action-packed pictures epitomize pure zany fun. Inspired by the tale of Mil Máscaras, a legendary luchador, and the many masks available at the mercado, Lucía dreams of becoming the Girl of a Thousand Masks. Gemma, meanwhile, discovers her luchadora mask and sneaks off into the bustling mercado. Sensing trouble, Lucía follows. Together the luchadoras find a lost kitten and an opportunity to right a wrong. As always, Abu's words ring true: "Remember, the best adventures are shared." Transcendent joy personified in a pair of rip-roaring luchadoras. (Picture book. 3-7)
-Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
Cynthia Leonor Garza
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,
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Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2018
Lucia the Luchadora

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