Saving Chupie

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6.11 X 9.04 X 0.5 inches | 1.04 pounds

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About the Author

Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island's northeastern coast. BLAZEWRATH GAMES is her debut novel. Her short story comic, "What Remains in The Dark," appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology PUERTO RICO STRONG, and SAVING CHUPIE is her middle grade graphic novel. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR's Río Piedras campus. When she's not teaching ESL to her college students, she's streaming Kpop music videos, vlogging for her eponymous YouTube channel, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical.

Amparo Ortiz nació en San Juan, Puerto Rico, y actualmente vive en la costa noreste de la isla. Es la autora de BLAZEWRATH GAMES y "What Remains In The Dark," cuento que aparece en la antología ganadora de un premio Eisner, PUERTO RICO STRONG. Posee un M.A. en Inglés y un B.A. en Psicología de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, recinto de Río Piedras. Cuando no está enseñando ESL a sus estudiantes universitarios, está escribiendo sobre personajes Latinx en mundos tanto contemporáneos como fantásticos. Amparo es la traductora de "Los coquíes aún cantan".

Eisner-winning artist Ronnie Vazquez is a queer Puerto Rican illustrator with experience in comics and visual development. With a range of storytelling experience from middle grade to young adult, their signature talent involves designing creatures of the toothy variety. They have illustrated for several independent anthologies and books and currently teach young artists in their community. When they're not drawing pictures or working with young artists, they can be found huddled in a blanket fort working on puzzles and eating fruit snacks.


"Expertly weaves Puerto Rican culture and lore into themes of familial love and friendship difficulties. An enticing, broadly appealing blend of Puerto Rican mythology and relationship-driven adventure. " -- Kirkus Reviews

"Beware: cutest Chupacabra ever!"

-- Sophie Escabasse, creator of the bestselling Witches of Brooklyn series

"Everyone needs a Chupie in their life!" -- Kat Fajardo, creator of Miss Quinces

"What's better than a summer vacation with new friends and a mythical beast? Saving Chupie has them both and more."
-- Tim Probert, creator of the Lightfall series

"Expressive, colorful, and full of heart-- perfect for a young animal enthusiast looking for adventure."
-- Wendy Xu, author of Tidesong

"I'm a sucker for coming-of-age stories mixed with a kid and a secret monster. Saving Chupie is like E.T. in Puerto Rico." -- Yehudi Mercado, author of Chunky Goes to Camp

"Saving Chupie is as heartwarming as it is hilarious, standing out in a crowded graphic novel space with a unique voice, stunning art, and unforgettable characters." -- George Jreije, author of Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria