The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez

By Robin Yardi

The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez is a hilarious story that’s also sweet and occasionally a little sad. Readers follow Mateo as he tries to square a knightly sense of honor with the realities of his life, outgrow his yearning for his old tricycl

Mateo Martinez, a Mexican-American fourth grader from Santa Barbara, CA, spots a pair of skunks stealing his sister's trike—a trike that used to belong to him. Since Mateo's an aspiring knight, he launches a crusade to retrieve the trike—and soon learns that the skunks can talk, too! Mateo, his friend Ashwin, and his sister Mila eventually form an alliance with the skunks against some nasty neighborhood raccoons. As Mateo completes his quest to protect the neighborhood, he also learns a few things about growing up and letting go.

  • A unique plot—bizarre and funny but also focused and accessible
  • High boy appeal (but many girl readers will want to pick this up too)
  • Latino lead and strong sense of place. With a light touch, the book’s narrator examines differences among the waves of Mexican immigrants to California.

About the author

Robin Yardi lives in the California foothills, where — every once in a while, in the dark of night — a skunk or two will sneak by. She loves good stories, animals of all sorts, homemade cakes, and kids. She thinks kids are way cooler than grownups, which is why she writes just for them. Visit her online at

ISBN: 9781467783064
Imprint: Carolrhoda Books – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Dimensions: 140 x 210mm, 184pp
Stock Status: Out of Print
Australian RRP: $22.99
New Zealand RRP: $24.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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