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ChupaCabra and the Roswell UFO

ChupaCabra and the Roswell UFO

by Rudolfo Anaya

This fast-paced mystery expands the ChupaCabra folklore into a metaphor that deals with the new powers inherent in science.


This fast-paced mystery expands the ChupaCabra folklore into a metaphor that deals with the new powers inherent in science.

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Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
In Chupacabra and the Roswell UFO, Professor Rosa Medina picks up her bat and bloodies a stranger wearing a ChupaCabra mask. A real ChupaCabra, a vicious alien, has haunted her dreams since the attack aboard the cruise ship that had smuggled drugs aboard. Now shaken, she calls her police officer friend, Bobby, and shares exactly what has happened. He checks out the apartment, inside and outside. The man with the mask has disappeared into the night. After Bobby leaves, the night gets weirder with a cell phone call to Rosa from an old high school classmate, Ed, living in Roswell, New Mexico. He tells her a fantastic story of how the government has been cloning alien monsters. He pleads with her to come to New Mexico and help him stop the cloning. Next thing she knows, her classmate is dead and a mystery awaits her in Roswell. Should she hop in her car or wait for trouble to visit her at night again? She packs up her car and heads to her destiny where a strange girl named Nadine will lead her to the truth. The author, Rudolfo Anaya, has created an interesting twist in the mystery genre by putting together an alien creature with the city of Roswell; both are attractive creatures and places. With an adult main character that solves the conflict, I feel the book misses the mark as a YA even though the 16-year-old Nadine was added later. For this reason, the book may only appeal to a smaller audience and not be cost effective for a school or public library. This is the second book in the "ChupaCabra" mystery series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Professor Rosa Medina, a folklorist teaching at a Southern California university, is plunged again into her pursuit of aliens and monsters in this sequel to Anaya's Curse of the ChupaCabra (Univ. of New Mexico, 2006). She's awakened at 2 a.m. by what seems to be a ChupaCabra-one of the bloodsucking monsters of Mexican folklore-creeping into her house. She narrowly escapes, and soon hits the road to Roswell, NM, famous in UFO lore, to discover whether the evil scientist Saytir is succeeding in his plans to terrorize the Earth with cloned creatures that are genetic blends of aliens and ChupaCabras. Unfortunately, the book is written in a style that is far too melodramatic to go down easily, with lots of shocks and dramatic statements, complete with exclamation points. Purchase only if the first book is popular.-Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX

Product Details

University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Rudolfo Anaya, widely acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Chicano literature, is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. Anaya was presented with the National Medal of Arts for literature in 2001 and his novel Alburquerque (the city's original Spanish spelling) won the PEN Center West Award for Fiction. He has also received the Premio Quinto Sol, the national Chicano literary award, the American Book Award from The Before Columbus Foundation, the Mexican Medal of Friendship from the Mexican Consulate, and the Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement Award. He is best known for the classic Bless Me Ultima.

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