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NEW VERSION -- September 22, 2012
Emma Newberry's best friend runs away, she's determined to go looking
for him. She must find him. Preferably before the Curupira, a deadly
creature from Brazilian folklore, kills him.
Emma knows Eric Wolfson by heart. When she hears he's run away, she's
not surprised. Eric's recent obsession with Brazil and his steady
withdrawal from both the Internet and real life lead her to believe he's
followed his nightmares to South America. Struggling to respect his
decision, she's heartbroken she didn't get to confess her biggest
secret: she's in love with him. Unsure of what she'll discover in
Brazil, and only slightly confident she can uncover clues to his
whereabouts, Emma boards a plane to Brazil -- a country of which she
knows nothing about the culture or language.
arrives in Saudade, a tiny town filled with loggers on the edge of the
Atlantic forest, and learns from a circus performer known for getting
lost in her own act that a foreigner with Eric's description walked into
the woods and never came out. She claims that the legendary Curupira
kidnapped him. Emma investigates the area and finds the initials E.W.
carved on a tree trunk. She has no doubt these are his initials, but her
efforts to get the woman to speak with the authorities fall short --
after all, who is really going to believe her fantastic story?
feels that her friend is in the woods, but she doesn't believe in the
legend of the Curupira... until she is face to face with an entity that
has the body of a bizarrely built 10-year-old: hair of fire, body
covered with decomposing leaves, pointed teeth, and strange, backwards
feet. It threatens to destroy Saudade. Emma and her friends dive into
the adventure of their life to fight the Curupira, otherwise not only
Eric, but the rest of the town, will soon become prey to Brazil's most
dreaded folkloric creature.
CURUPIRA, a YA Fantasy novel, is complete at 80,000 words.