Author: Celia C. Pérez
Estimated Ship Date: August 16th, 2022
From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk, a dazzling novel about a young girl who collects the missing pieces of her origin story from the family of legendary luchadores she's never met.
Twelve-year-old Adela "Addie" Ramirez has a big decision to make when her stepfather wants to adopt her.
Addie loves Alex, the only father figure she's ever known, but with a new half-brother due in a few months and a big school theater performance on her mind, everything suddenly feels like it's moving too fast. She has a million questions, and the first is about the young man in the photo she found hidden away in her mother's things.
Addie's sleuthing takes her to a New Mexico ranch, and her world expands to include the legendary Bravos: Rosie and Pancho, her paternal grandparents and former professional wrestlers; Eva and Maggie, her older identical twin cousins who love to spar in and out of the ring; Uncle Mateo, whose lucha couture and advice are unmatched; and Manny, her biological father, who's in the midst of a career comeback.
As luchadores, the Bravos's legacy is strong. But being part of a family is so much harder — it's about showing up, taking off your mask, and working through challenges together.
Family complexities are teased out and celebrated in this heart-warming work from a middle grade favorite!