Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask

By Xavier Garza

Paperback: $12.95


The popularity of lucha libre, Mexico's version of professional wrestling, is exploding in the United States, thanks to the television show Mucha Lucha. In Xavier Garza's bilingual kids' book about this wild and crazy sport, young Carlitos attends a lucha libre match in Mexico City for the first time. He's with his Papá Lupe, but his Tio Rodolfo, who's supposed to join them, doesn't show up. At ringside, Carlitos sees the famous luchador, el Santo--the Man in the Silver Mask, a man whose eyes look terribly familiar. El Santo even smiles at Carlitos! Carlitos is mesmerized as el Santo is pitted against the terrible forces of evil--los rudos, the bad guys of lucha libre. They make the audience boo and hiss! In the end, though, el Santo triumphs and, in the process, gains a lifelong fan.

Kids of all ages are drawn to the allure of lucha libre and its masked men and women. In Lucha Libre, young fans will see this fascinating world come alive: Favorite heroes and much-feared villains, dressed in dazzling and outrageous costumes, strut and prance across the mat and bounce against the ropes, daring anyone to take them to the floor!


¿Sabes que es la lucha libre? ¿Alguna vez has ido a un combate de lucha libre y visto los técnicos y los rudos--los buenos y los malos--vestidos con sus disfraces llamativos y sus máscaras locas? ¿Cómo te sentirías si el luchador más famoso de todos los tiempos se detuviera y te sonriera? Descubre qué le sucede a Carlitos cuando El Hombre de la Máscara de Plata, un hombre que nunca antes había visto en toda su vida, se da vuelta y le hace eso.

Niños, de todas edades, se sienten atraídos por el atractivo de la lucha libre y sus hombres y mujeres enmascarados En Lucha Libre, los jóvenes fanáticos verán este mundo fascinante ven a la vida: héroes favoritos y villanos muy temidos, vestidos con trajes deslumbrantes e indignantes, pavoneándose y brincando sobre el tapete y rebotando contra las cuerdas, ¡desafiando a cualquiera a llevarlos al piso!

About the Creators

Thumb_xavier_garza Xavier Garza - Author

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, author and lucha libre aficionado Xavier Garza is a prolific and enthusiastic author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City and is a lively documentation of the dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. He has authored and illustrated fourteen books, and has received such prestigious awards as the Americas Honor Book Award in 2005, the Tejas Star Book Award three times from 2007-2010 and the Pura Belpré Honor Book award in 2012. In 2014 he was awarded both the NAACS Tejas Young Adult Book Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Children’s Book Award. In 2019 Xavier Garza will be inducted into the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters. Garza lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Irma and their teen son Vincent.