Mangum is a graduate of A.C. Jones High School.
“The Fairy and the Chupacabra and Those Marfa Lights” will be part of the language arts curriculum in schools across Texas and New York that implement the Time To Know interactive system. Unlike tutorial software, Time To Know is a core curriculum program. Offered currently to elementary school students, it delivers standards-based instruction in mathematics and reading/language arts to help students learn essential content and prepare for high stakes tests.
“The Fairy and the Chupacabra and Those Marfa Lights” is the story of an unusual West Texas fairy family. The de Veras fairy clan lives in the Glass Mountains near the village of Marathon, Texas. Javier, a fairy prince, decides to travel to town by himself. He ‘forgets’ to tell his parents. Once in Marathon, Javi encounters a lonely and misunderstood chupacabra. ¡Cuidado, Javier! Now his brave sister, Princess Marisol, must rescue him.
“The Fairy and the Chupacabra is that rare book that delights parents and children alike,” says Lisa Selin Davis, author of Belly, travel writer New York Times. “It is both earth-bound and mystical, filled with magical creatures and vibrant, fully-realized characters in a place few of us ever knew was so exotic — West Texas.”