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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Super Sister! Lucia the Luchadora and the Million Masks by Cynthia Leonor Garza


I BOLT THROUGH THE BACKYARD IN MY SILVER CAPE AND MASK,
MY LITTLE SISTER GEMMA CRASHING AFTER ME LIKE THUNDER!

SPLAT!

It's hard being a superhero with a little sister along who leaps in bib overalls and lands like a lummox!

In disgust, Lucia rips off her silver mask and tosses it on the grass.

And when she looks back, it's gone.

Lucia mounts a mask hunt, and finally finds it, along with little sister Gemma, in her treehouse. But Lucia is not happy to see it.
MY SISTER HAS MADE A GINORMOUS HOLE IN MY MASK!

Lucia tattles to her grandmother, who mends her mask and agrees that Gemma is wrong to ruin her big sister's things. But Abuela also points out that Gemma is just trying to be like her--a superhero! Gemma is not convinced that imitation is the highest form of flattery. She doesn't warm to Abuela's dictum that adventures are best shared, either. But she does like her grandmother's super idea.
ABU TAKES US TO THE MERCADO, A SPLENDIFEROUS MARKET!

There are mariachi music and fruit sweets there--and Mil Mascaras--lots and lots of masks! There is even a little lost kitten that Grandmother falls in love with, too--and they can keep it!

And perhaps when Gemma has her own mask, she will leave Lucia's alone. Perhaps the perfect mask will transform her clumsy little sister into a real superhero luchadora!

And then Lucia realizes that she has mask-lust, too. She takes off her old mask and tries on lots of new ones, each with its own possible super-special powers. But where is her old one? Lucia looks frantically through all the new ones! Is her silver mask lost forever? Lucia is near tears when little Gemma offers her own new mask!

Sometimes an energetic and adoring little sister can come in handy, in Cynthia Leonor Garza's Lucia the Luchadora and the Million Masks (POW Books, 2018),, and it looks like the shared adventures have already begun for Lucia and Gemma. Garza's super-story is illustrated in bright mercado colors in the vibrant spot-art and full-bleed pages painted by artist Allyssa Bermudez. Of this super sweet sister story, Kirkus says in its starred review, "Garza’s buoyant wordplay and delightful characters also continue to shine. Equally, Bermudez’s vibrant, action-packed pictures epitomize pure zany fun."

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