Twelve-year-old Adela "Addie" Ramírez has a big decision to make when her stepfather proposes adoption. 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. From the award-winning author of The First Rule of Punk and Strange Birds comes 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.
"Addie quickly learns that each member of the Bravo family is also wrestling with their own personal struggles, including living up to the family’s illustrious name. On top of that, Addie must decide whether being adopted by her doting stepdad would be a positive next step. Addie navigates her new connections, middle school drama, disappointments, big decisions, and surprises with courage and humor." — Kirkus Reviews
|10 - 13
|Celia C. Pérez
|Aug 16, 2022