Curse of the ChupaCabra
Updated: Dec 30, 2020
Anaya, Rudolfo. (2006). Curse of the ChupaCabra. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.
This young adult novel takes us to the beaches and jungles of Mexico, the streets of Los Angeles, the depths of the Navajo Nation, and around the state of New Mexico. Professor Rose Medina is a folklorist researching primarily the ChupaCabra, but also other creatures with similar followings in other cultures. She also works with young adults trying to stay off the streets and off of drugs. She is called away to Mexico to investigate ChupaCabra sightings and killings. From there begins a series of events that lead Rose not only around Mexico, California, and New Mexico, but also to many new discoveries.
Curse of the ChupaCabra is an interesting blend of thriller and legend. The legend and sightings of the ChupaCabra and the discovery of a large drug trafficking ring seem to parallel each other in this story. How does the ChupaCabra kill? It is said to suck the blood and brains of its victims. How do drugs leave our young people? Brains of "mush"? Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running and Music of the Mill says it best: "The scourge of drugs striking at the heart of all our barrios and the ChupaCabra legend blend and converge in a story that awakens us to the real horrors in our midst. Gracias a dios que tenemos Rudy Anaya."
Review by: Cassandra E. Osterloh, NHCC Librarian
Available in the NHCC Library: YA PZ7 .A5186 Cur 2006