Cynthia Leonor Garza

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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.”


  • An NPR Best Book of 2017
  • A Kirkus Best Book of 2017