October 2018, POW!, 32 pp
A splendiferous sisterhood adventure in the follow-up to Lucía the Luchadora. Lucía’s little sister Gemma wants to be a luchadora too, but she seems to find trouble wherever she goes. When Gemma makes a hole in Lucía’s special silver mask, Lucía is furious, so Abuela suggests a trip to the mercado to get Gemma her very own lucha libre mask. But just as Gemma finds the right mask for her, the girls get caught up in a whole heap of trouble, including a runaway Gemma, a lost kitten, and a lost lucha libre mask! But Gemma and Lucía end up working together to save the day and Lucía learns that some things, including trouble making little sisters, are one of a kind.
KIRKUS – “Similar to its predecessor, this follow-up pops and snaps with jubilant glee…Transcendent joy personified in a pair of rip-roaring luchadoras.”
April 2017, POW!, 32 pp
Girls can be superheroes, too. When the boys on the playground tell Lucía that girls can’t be superheroes – despite her high-flying leaps – she comes up with a plan to disguise herself as a masked luchadora like the superhero stars of lucha libre, or Mexican wrestling. With her identity hidden behind a dazzling silver mask, Lucía becomes a sensation. But when she hears the boys teasing another girl, she must decide between breaking the sacred luchadora rule of never revealing her identity or standing up for what is right. Bold, colorful illustrations and an energetic pace make this a fun read-aloud. A story about courage, readers will root for spunky Lucía as she finds out what it takes to be a true luchadora.
KIRKUS – “Garza shines in her children’s debut. The text bursts with infectious energy and Lucía’s endearing personality…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.”
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL – “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.”