Guess what...CURUPIRA is now available on Wattpad. I wrote this story about two years ago. I queried it, submitted it to publishers (when I was done querying the agents I truly liked), and I did get some attention and feedback, but this book was not the one. I've debated what to do with this story, and I came to the conclusion that although it's a bit uneven, I'd like to show it to readers. So, I'll be posting three chapters per day on Wattpad. I have a mini heart attack every time I think you guys are going to read it. Well, I hope you enjoy it. :)
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CURUPIRA by Rebecca Carvalho
Making true friends abroad, after her own best friend runs away, isn't sixteen-year-old Emma Newberry's biggest challenge in Brazil. For the first time in the endangered Atlantic forest, she's on the track of the Curupira, a folkloric creature she knows nothing about.
Emma goes to spend the summer with her aunt in a rural Brazilian town, where she meets Thomas Schmidt, an awkward boy overly eager to befriend her. Tom tells her that the town believes that the Curupira, a boy with fiery hair and backwards feet, lives in the woods surrounding her aunt's new house. According to him, this same spirit of the forest is behind the disappearance of every single person who goes missing in the forest. It seems folklore in Brazil is as real as the forest.
Emma recruits her new friends, and together they embark on a journey in the Atlantic forest to follow the footsteps left behind by centuries of Brazilian folklore. If a bit of folk tale wasn't enough, there's an unscrupulous local willing to go to any lengths to get her aunt to sell her new estate to him. He needs her grounds to bring his logging company into town. A logging company that could infuriate revengeful Curupira, and bring the town of Saudade to face its fears. What's help in Portuguese, again?
CURUPIRA is an 85,000-word YA Fantasy novel.
Cover composed from (free, CC-BY):
"Red Dress" by Ana Cristina 500px.com/frunzariti
"Way to go. Up." by Allan Macintyre 500px.com/AllanMacintyre
"Summer houses" by Vladmir Lagunov 500px.com/LagunovVladimir