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The Chupacabras of the Río Grande
By (author): Adam Gidwitz By (author): David Bowles Illustrated by: Hatem Aly
9780735231795 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical Apr 16, 2019
$19.99 CAD
Active 5.81 x 8.63 x 0.75 in 208 pages ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT Dutton Children's Books Dutton Books for Young Readers
Pura Belpré Honor-winning author David Bowles joins Newbery Honor-winning Adam Gidwitz as co-author of the newest Unicorn Rescue Society adventure, as the kids travel to the U.S.-Mexican border to help the legendary chupacabras.

Elliot and Uchenna have only just returned from their most recent Unicorn Rescue Society mission when Professor Fauna whisks them away (Jersey, too!), on their next exciting adventure. This time, they’re headed to Laredo, on the U.S.-Mexican border to help another mythical creature in need: the chupacabras.

Teaming up with local kids Lupita and Mateo Cervantes—plus their brilliant mother, Dr. Alejandra Cervantes and her curandero husband Israel—the kids struggle to not only keep the chupacabras safe, but also to bring a divided community together once more.

Series Overview: A fully illustrated, globe-trotting middle grade fantasy-adventure series about mythical creatures and their cultures of origin, from the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitor’s Tale.

AN AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR TEAM: In addition to his bestselling Grimm series, Adam Gidwitz’s Newbery Honor for The Inquisitor’s Tale has cemented his place as a leading voice in middle grade fiction. Pura Belpré Honor-winning author David Bowles doubles the star power.

EXPERT GUEST AUTHOR: David Bowles brings a rich and inspired new level of content and insight to the URS’s latest adventure. Like Joe Bruchac, David takes the series to amazing new heights.

AWESOME NEW BEAST: The fascinating, spiny, blood-sucking chupacabras has often captured the imaginations of children’s book readers and creators. Here, their history and mythology are part of a rich and informed story about life on the U.S.-Mexican border.

ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT: Even a blood-sucking chupacabras can be delightful in the skilled hands of illustrator Hatem Aly. His art is the perfect complement to the stories in the URS series, offering quick, encouraging page turns for young readers.

MULTICULTURAL MYTHOLOGY: The series is an action-packed ride through cultural histories across the globe, introducing kids to new worlds of rich tales and mythological animals.

Adam Gidwitz is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Grimm trilogy. He spent six years researching and writing his Newbery Honor-winning The Inquisitor’s Tale, including a year living in Europe. Adam lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. Find Adam online at or @AdamGidwitz.

David Bowles is a Mexican American author from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas, Río Grande Valley. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, he has written several titles, most notably the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror.

Chris Lenox Smith is the Creative Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Chris is a two-time winner of the ADC Young Guns Award for animation and music composition, his work spans across media, from short films and commercial work to musical scores that marry influences from the precomputer era with modern techniques.

Jesse Casey is the Managing Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Drawing from his twin backgrounds in computer programming and printmaking, Jesse’s work embraces contemporary technology as a means to re-create the craft and artistry of classic film and animation.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY; Donna, Texas

Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been featured on television and in multiple publications worldwide. He currently lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with his wife, son, and more pets than people. Find him online at or @metahatem.

Illustrator Residence: New Brunswick, Canada

Marketing: Unicorn Rescue Society 4 (L)

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Praise for the Unicorn Rescue Society series:

“As facts are interwoven and also combined with a multitude of puns, the narrative is informative and lighthearted…. Learning while laughing is the goal, and it is achieved.” -School Library Journal

“An easy, fun hook for readers.” - The New York Times Book Review

“A rollicking tale with engaging characters and an irresistible premise.” -Booklist

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