When author Cynthia Leonor Garza started looking for books for her daughters, she was surprised to realize how few children’s books there were for a Latina girl to identify with. So she decided to do something about it, and write her own.

Lucía the Luchadora is packed with courage, spirit and cultural legacy. It tells the story of Lucía, a strong, spunky girl who gets taunted on the playground and told “girls can’t be superheroes.” Imagine her surprise when she finds out that she comes from a long line of ‘luchadoras’—as Mexican wrestlers are known.

Latino USA speaks to Garza about her inspiration for the book and its empowering message for girls. The message seems to be resonating, since news of a Lucía sequel is schedule for this fall.

Special thanks to Sofia Gray for narrating the book.

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