Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Roland Smith
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Ever since Grace left with her grandfather, Noah Blackwood, Marty never felt Grace was safe. While all the adults of eWolfe are gone, Marty, Luther, and their new friend, Dylan, decide to rescue Grace and the Mokélé-mbembé hatchlings from Noah’s zoo, Seattle Ark. Meanwhile, Grace has been searching for any information exposing Blackwood. When she uncovers secret passageways in Noah’s mansion, they lead Grace to Noah’s private quarters and his secret taxidermy display of extinct animals. While there, Grace sees evidence that the boys are inside the zoo. She follows their trail and joins them in rescuing the hatchlings and three panda cubs destined for Noah’s private display. But Noah releases his genetically created creature, a Chupacabra, to hunt down the rescue party.
An edge-of-your-seat read, Chupacabra throws readers right into the action with Marty, Grace, Luther, and Dylan as they try to infiltrate and then escape Noah’s estate with their lives. The boys are completely on their own as they sneak into Noah’s park. They must rely on each other’s intellectual gifts and the dragonspy to help them make it out alive. Besides following the tweens adventures, readers will learn more about Noah Blackwood’s diabolic plans and his evil empire as readers delve deep into the bowels of the Seattle Ark. Many mysteries about Noah are still left unanswered, which will make readers excited for the final book, Mutation. Also, fans of Smith’s work may recognize Dylan’s character from Smith’s 1998 book, Sasquatch.