Nitza and the Chupacabra by Hannah Carmona Dias
The monster of Nitza’s nightmares is on the loose, but outrunning it may not be an option!
After Dad returns home from Iraq, eleven-year-old Army brat Nitza is forced to go on a daddy-daughter RV trip to re-bond with her father.What they don’t know is that a ghostly woman in white has sent Chupacabra on an ancient, secret mission. Yet, when strange events such as dead goats, frightening howls, and a missing child occur, Nitza begins to suspect that the bloodsucking beast may be on their path. If her suspicions are correct all hope of bonding with Dad may be lost as they will become Chupacabra’s next meal.
NITZA AND THE CHUPACABRA is a completed 37,000-word middle grade, spooky contemporary. Told from the duo point of view of both the monster and Nitza, it is the first in a planned series. As a Hispanic-American and Army brat this own voices manuscript combines Hispanic folklore with a present-day setting. Comparable tiles include SUMMER OF THE MARIPOSAS by Guadalupe Garcia McCall and THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste.
I am the author of BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL, STRONG LITTLE ME (Eifrig Publishing/Fall 2018), a member of SCBWI, and owner of Collective Art School of Tennessee. When I am not writing, I am vlogging on my youtube channel or posting way too many gifs on Twitter.
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