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Lucía zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when they tell her “girls can’t be superheroes,” suddenly she doesn’t feel so mighty. That’s when her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucía comes from a family of luchadoras, the bold and valiant women of the Mexican lucha libre tradition. Cloaked in a flashy new disguise, Lucía returns as a recess sensation! But when she’s confronted with a case of injustice, Lucía must decide if she can stay true to the ways of the luchadora and fight for what is right, even if it means breaking the sacred rule of never revealing the identity behind her mask. A story about courage and cultural legacy, Lucía the Luchadora is full of pluck, daring, and heart.
Cynthia Leonor Garza was born and raised in South Texas, where her family has lived for more than five generations. She has worked as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Her commentaries and essays have aired on NPR and appeared in The Atlantic. Cynthia currently lives with her husband and two young daughters in Washington, D.C. Lucía the Luchadora is her first picture book.
Alyssa Bermudez is an illustrator and art teacher born and raised in New York City. Since graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, she has worked with incredible people in the animation, illustration and art education world. Drawing is her main form of communication and memory keeping, and she believes that even the smallest life experiences can be the greatest asset to inspired creations. Her recent move to Tasmania has opened new horizons for creative living and inspiration in the form of colorful patterns, sewing and ceramics.