The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez by Robin Yardi is about Mateo Martinez, a knight in shining armor. Mateo loves to pretend to be a knight and protect his neighborhood. Mateo thought he knew everything about his neighborhood but one night, he was looking out the window and saw two skunks riding his old trike. They were stealing his old trike, and Mateo wants it back. Read the book to follow Mateo's plan to become a knight, get his trike back, and protect his neighborhood.
The Midnight War of Mateo Martinez is a good read. Although the beginning starts slow, the action quickly rises to catch the reader's interest. Mateo was a character that I enjoyed. He took on a responsibility that may sound crazy at first, and it takes readers on an adventure. This story is about responsibilities and growing up. Things change as you grow up. Friends change, you change, and situations change. I recommend this book for elementary and middle grade students who enjoy mystery and adventure.