Is the ChupaCabra mythical or real? Stories of the creature abound in Latino communities. The illusive creature is said to suck the blood of goats. Thus, its name, goatsucker. Whenever a backyard goat or chicken is mysteriously killed, the story spreads in the barrio that the ChupaCabra struck.
When Professor Rosa Medina began to research the folklore of the ChupaCabra, she never expected to tangle face-to-face with the monster. Rosa journeys to Mexico to examine a ChupaCabra incident. The creature has killed a campesino in the jungle. And the drug traffickers who have captured the ChupaCabra also control a large drug shipment destined for Los Angeles.
The monster is set loose on the streets; so is the meth that is destroying the brains of the young and vulnerable. This fast-paced story moves from Mexico to Los Angeles to New Mexico. Danger lurks at every corner as Rosa fights to protect her students from the forces of evil.
Written for young adults, the story has a universal message. Only Rudolfo Anaya can combine the excitement of a thriller and the wisdom of traditional healings to create a page-turner that has lessons to teach us all.
|Publisher:||University of New Mexico Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About 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. He is best known for the classic Bless Me Ultima.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Curse of the Chupacabra by Rudolfo Anaya is about a women (Rosa) who searches for Chupacabra even though she fears it. "She could feel the hot breath of the beast on her neck. A horrifying scream filled the air as the monster pounce on her. As she went crashing to the ground she felt the beasts sharp claws dig into her back. A terrified Rosa sat up so fast she almost jumped out of bed". In the story Rosa goes with Jose and Alfredo Vargas to investigate another attack by the Chupacabra. The "Goat Sucker" had dragged a whole farm of goats into the mountains. Rosa is devastated when they go looking for the monster and her friend Jose is killed. "Jose! she called again her heart pounding then she spotted him slumped against a tree. She rushed over to kneel beside him Jose she whispered touching his forehead, it was cold. She felt his throat; there was no pulse. Bending to get a closer look she spotted to puncture wounds on the top of his head". This book is great for people new or learning spanish, the author uses spanish in the dialogue. I would give this book an eight out of ten overall a good read