Viking Books for Young Readers ChupaCarter
Viking Books for Young Readers ChupaCarter


By George Lopez


Publication Date: May 9, 2023

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

Loaded with his signature laughs, George Lopez's thrilling new adventure is inspired by his own colorful childhood and Latinx folklore.

Twelve-year-old Jorge is a misunderstood middle school misfit who has been sent to live with his grandparents in New Mexico. After catching the attention of his belligerent principal and the school bullies on his very first day of school, Jorge is lonely, resentful, and desperate for a friend.

But the only kid who shares his interest in junk food and games turns out to be a young chupacabra—a legendary monster with a fearsome reputation! The truth is, Carter is anything but savage—he's kind, a good listener, and has great taste in sneakers. For Jorge, being friends with a mythical creature is awesome. But when his principal—who's obsessed with hunting—learns of Carter's existence, Jorge must play a dangerous game of cat and mouse to keep his best friend safe.

Series Overview: Book 1 (HC): Fall 2022Book 1 (TR): Fall 2023Book 2 (HC): Summer 2023Book 2 (TR): Summer 2024Book 3 (HC): Spring 2024Book 3 (TR): Spring 2025Book 4 (HC): Fall 2024Book 4 (TR): Fall 2025

About the Author

George Lopez's multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy, and late-night programming. He co-created, wrote, produced, and starred in his own hit sitcom George Lopez, a groundbreaking show that was one of the few with a Hispanic star. Lopez can be seen most recently in his Netflix original comedy special, We'll Do It for Half. His autobiography Why You Crying? was a New York Times bestseller. ChupaCarter is his first book for children.

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Ryan Calejo is an award-winning author born and raised in south Florida. His critically acclaimed Charlie Hernández series has been featured in half a dozen state reading lists, and is a two-time gold medal winner of the Florida Book Awards. 

Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @RyanCalejo.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Santy Gutiérrez grew up in Vigo and now lives in Corunna (La Coruña), both seaside cities in Spain. In his career, he has won acclaim as the Best Spanish Young Editorial Cartoonist and Best Galician Caricaturist, and he founded the BAOBAB Studio Artists' Collective. His wife and son are his personal inspirations.

Follow him on Instagram @SantyGutierrez_Art.

Illustrator Residence:Corunna, Spain

Illustrator Hometown:Vigo, Spain

Format: Paperback

Length: 288 pages

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: May 9, 2023

ISBN: 9780593465981

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