Chupacabra

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Monsters of legend come to life! The third thrilling title in Roland Smith's popular Cryptid Hunters series.

A mythic creature, a captive girl, and trouble at every turn!

Marty O'Hara and his best friend, Luther Smyth, have set off on their most urgent quest yet: an undercover search not for another mythical cryptid, but for Grace Wolfe -- Marty's cousin, Luther's friend, and the daughter of famed zoologist Travis Wolfe. Hoping to find out ...

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Overview


Monsters of legend come to life! The third thrilling title in Roland Smith's popular Cryptid Hunters series.

A mythic creature, a captive girl, and trouble at every turn!

Marty O'Hara and his best friend, Luther Smyth, have set off on their most urgent quest yet: an undercover search not for another mythical cryptid, but for Grace Wolfe -- Marty's cousin, Luther's friend, and the daughter of famed zoologist Travis Wolfe. Hoping to find out more about her mother, Grace has formed a shaky alliance with her grandfather, the notorious Noah Blackwood. Now she's living with him at his Seattle Ark . . . where she feels just as captive as all the other animals in his zoo.

But strange experiments are taking place in the levels of laboratories beneath the Blackwood's Ark. Because if Noah Blackwood can't trap a cryptid, then he and his team of mad scientists just might have to create one. With Blackwood's henchman Butch McCall hot on the kids' heels and trouble at every turn, are Marty, Luther, and Grace on a collision course with a blood-sucking chupacabra?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greta Holt
Travis Wolfe and Noah Blackwood are enemies. Young Grace has discovered that Wolfe is her real father and Blackwood is her grandfather. The parents she thought were hers are lost in Brazil, and her former twin brother Marty is now her cousin. As if that were not enough, the children and their friends exist in a whirlwind of adventure and high drama because Wolfe is a cryptozoologist, a hunter of mythical animals, while Blackwood supposedly saves wildlife. Blackwood is a dastardly fraud who lies, cheats, stuffs his favorite animals, and bioengineers cryptids. In this installation of Smith's "Cryptid Hunters" saga, Marty and his friend Luther, joined by the brave Dylan seek to rescue Grace from her grandfather's clutches. Smith tells his story through multiple viewpoints without confusing his audience. Readers are allowed to see the adults acting badly and thinking worse. The children are more mature by far, and they are often put in danger by resourceful but evil adults. Grace's father Wolfe and his partner Ted Bronson provide welcome support. They are good men, in whom the children can find comfort and help. Smith's writing is snappy, and his ability to dig into the minds of very bad people adds chilling detail to the narrative. Of course, hidden in a cage below the Ark is the Chupacabra, biding his time. To aid readers, at the beginning of the book, the author provides a complete character list and a synopsis of the ?saga so far.' Reviewer: Greta Holt
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
Marty and Grace return for their third rare-animal adventure (Tentacles, 2009, etc.). Thirteen-year-old cousins Grace and Marty were separated at the end of their last adventure. Grace agreed to leave with her grandfather, Dr. Noah Blackwood, even though she knows he is not the wildlife conservationist he pretends to be on his television show. Marty stayed with Grace's father (and his uncle), Dr. Travis Wolfe, world-renowned cryptozoologist. When Wolfe leaves them alone, Marty and his best friend, Luther, decide to try to find Grace at Dr. Blackwood's Seattle Ark, one of his chain of zoos. With the help of a new friend, Luther and Marty sneak into the Ark and begin searching for Grace. Blackwood discovers that the boys are on the property, but he can't pinpoint them; likewise, the boys find the secret research lab beneath the Ark, but they can't get to it. Everything is complicated by Blackwood's genetically created chupacabra, a legendary cryptid and voracious monster loose in the lab's ductwork. Smith's third in a series of four adventures stands alone well enough, but it works best as part of the series (a helpful recap of the series thus far orients readers to its labyrinthine twists). The adventure sequences are entertaining, but some of the humor may strike kids as rather lame; the ever-hungry Luther's antics especially ring false. A decent-enough adventure, but not one for the ages. (Adventure. 9-12)
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Praise for CHUPACABRA

An American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

"Enough new characters, dangers, and cool science to reel in reluctant readers and keep them turning pages long after their lights should have been turned off." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"A fine adventure." --LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 5–8—Plunging readers in where Tentacles (Scholastic, 2009) left off, this fast-paced novel opens right after Grace discovers that her twin brother, Marty, is in fact her cousin, and that her father's unscrupulous enemy, Noah Blackwood, is actually her grandfather. She is forced to join the mad scientist's household, located in a wildlife preserve. Kept under close observation at all times, the girl is held captive until Marty and his best friend, Luther, infiltrate the compound in an attempt to spirit her away. Mayhem ensues and their efforts are hampered by guards, security cameras, and Blackwood's vicious henchman. The trio face a genetically engineered chupacabra, a mythical beast from South and Central America with a nasty habit of sucking blood from goats. Though this sequel suffers in comparison to the previous books in the series, Smith adeptly adds enough new characters, dangers, and cool science to reel in reluctant readers and keep them turning pages long after their lights should have been turned off.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545178174
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 69,982
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Roland Smith first worked with animals at the Portland Zoo, and he has been involved in animal rescues and conservation work around the world for more than twenty years. He is the author of numerous books for young readers, including JACK'S RUN, ZACH'S LIE, CRYPTID HUNTERS, PEAK, TENTACLES, and the Storm Runners series. He is also the co-author of numerous picture books with his wife, Marie. Roland lives with Marie on a farm south of Portland, Oregon. You can find him online at www.rolandsmith.com.
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  • Posted October 23, 2013

    I HAVE BEEN WAITING (not so patiently) FOR THIS BOOK! Imagine my

    I HAVE BEEN WAITING (not so patiently) FOR THIS BOOK! Imagine my happy face when I won an ARC copy of it from Mr. Smith's website! :D WOO! (Side note - Mr. Smith always has a cool contest going on -- check out his website). Chupacabra is the next book in Mr. Smith's series about cryptids (Book 1 is Cryptid Hunters and Book 2 is Tentacles). "What's a cryptid?" you ask? Well maybe you didn't, but I'm going to tell you. Crypids are creatures that are reported to exist, but it hasn't been proven (like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster).

    In the first book of the series (Cryptid Hunters), we meet Grace and Marty.

    [taken from the book's summary]

    After their parents are lost in an accident, thirteen-year old twins Grace and Marty are whisked away to live with their Uncle Wolfe-an uncle that they didn't even know they had! The intimidating Uncle Wolfe is an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct.

    In Chupacabra, Marty, Grace, and Luthor (Marty's best friend, who came into the story in Tentacles) are back! Grace has "willingly" gone with the evil Noah Blackwood (Grace's grandfather who goes around collecting rare animals to put in his zoos, and after they've hit their prime, he stuffs them, plus, he always tries to foil Wolfe and his team, and only for the money and fame). In reality, one of the team (good guys) was held at gun-point to force Grace to go with Noah. And now the team (Wolfe, Marty, Luthor, etc.) have to get Grace back. It doesn't help that Blackwood has started making weird genetic mutations in a science lab. Blackwood determined that the Chupacabra was really only a myth so he does what any other evil guy would do... he made his own CHUPACABRA! He plans to release it into the world (to be exact, the small town of Glen Rose, Texas) so he can come in, capture it, save the day, and put it on display at his zoo. Well, that can't happen. Oh no. Not at all. The good guys have got to stop this (and rescue Grace)!

    I LOVE this series and this is the best book yet in it! The action is incredible! The humor is unbearably FUNNY! Mr. Smith knows how to mix the right amount of humor into his books. I like the new character, Daniel. He's cool. I think the cover is cool, but, in case you find it scary, don't worry. This is NOT a horror book. This is a clean, fun read, and the scariest part is when Luthor is crawling through a maze of vents and Chupacabra was released into the vents (okay THAT was pretty creepy). The book has exciting moments that will have you on the edge of your seat (or in my case beanbag chair)! I also like how Mr. Smith has characters from his books from his other series show up in other books. It's kind of cool. I thought it was cool that Mr. Smith wrote a couple chapters in the book from the perspective of the Chupacabra - very cool. I'm lovin' Mr. Smiith's writing skills even more, with each book I read of his! His writing style is great - a cup of surprises, 2 cups of suspense, a pinch of scariness, and 5/6 of a cup of humor!

    I should mention that you don't have to have read the other books in the series to totally enjoy Chupacabra (although you should - they are great reads).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2014

    I loved the book! This entire series is wonderful!! I love the

    I loved the book! This entire series is wonderful!! I love the characters, and how the plot draws you in. I couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Fantastic!

    It was so amazing! Smith just keeps gettin better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Read It

    Grace be exploring like dora

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    To Psssh

    You have no taste in good literature. Shame upon you!

    (Fancy talk.)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Pshhhh

    This book is hirrible. Just like my ex wife

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    HELLO

    I have never read this book but it is in my school library.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Goar sucker

    Great bok but the bac of bok got it mixd up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    I have waited wayyy r I have waited too long!

    Pretty please don't take 4 years to write the next one! I will die if you do!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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