Mini Book Reviews

The Chupacabras of the Rio Grande (MG)

by Adam Gidwitz and David Bowles

In another fun adventure of the Unicorn Rescue Society, Elliot and Uchenna travel across the country with Professor Fauna to rescue a chupacabras—essentially a vampire coyote. They make friends, see old enemies, and learn about these fascinating and terrifying creatures and the borderlands they live on.

I enjoyed this book, although I liked The Creature of the Pines better. The characters are fun, as always, and the creatures are great. The book explores different sides of the issues surrounding border walls (defense, splitting families, animal habitats, etc.) without pushing an agenda. The use of Spanish phrases gave even more of a Tex-Mex flavor, with only the harder ones getting an English translation.

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