Wednesday, June 5, 2019

SERIES THURSDAY: The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande by Adam Gidwitz & David Bowles


Elliot and Uchennna have only just returned from their most recent Unicorn Rescue Society mission when they (along with Jersey!) are whisked away on their next exciting adventure with Professor Fauna. This time, they’re headed to the Mexican border to help another mythical creature in need: the chupacabras!

The Chupacabras of the Río Grande is co-written with David Bowles, author of the Pura Belpré Honor-winning book, The Smoking Mirror!


Elliot and Uchenna, along with Professor Fauna, are off on another adventure.  This time they are investigating reports of a rogue chupacabras.  Meeting a former colleague of the professor's complicates things a bit, but the Unicorn Rescue Society needs all the help they can get. Especially when their efforts to rescue a juvenile chupacabras collide with business interests of their foes, the Schmoke brothers.  An entertaining, and informative series revolving around a wide variety of cryptids and the people trying to save them.  This is a fun and funny, speculative fiction series perfect for young readers who enjoy fantastic adventures but aren't ready for big, long fantasy tomes.  One of the things I especially appreciate about this series is how authentic Gidwitz tries to be regarding the stories and locations he features in his stories.  He is so serious about this that each book is co-authored with an expert on that particular location and folklore.  A great combination to my way of thinking, and combined with a fun story makes for a fabulous read.

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