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The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 14+
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 840L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2011
NO. PAGES: 416
GENRE{S}: Fantasy
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Mixed
AWARD{S}:
ALA-ALSC Childrens Notable Book
Michael L. Printz Honor Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Reviews - Best Young Adult or Starred Review
Horn Book Fanfare
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
ISBN: 054522490X
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop


The Story
The Scorpio Races—Book Review

It is the first of November, the day of the Scorpio Races, so someone will certainly die today. Riders in this annual event on the beach at the island of Thisby give everything they have to hold on to their water horses for dear life. Some will survive to finish, some will not. Nineteen-year-old Sean Kendrick lives for the horses, and has won four of the last six races, but this year the stakes for him are suddenly impossibly high. Puck Connolly is different. Life hasn't been easy for her, and fate has thrust her into a desperate place where she feels her only hope is to enter the races. She is the first girl ever to do so. Neither of them is remotely prepared for what will happen next.
The Scoop
The Scorpio Races—Book Review
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This storyline for The Scorpio Races comes from the author's fascination with the myths about water horses--fierce meat-eating horses that emerge from the sea. They are dangerous and barely tamable creatures, but the locals on the fictional island of Thisby attempt it every year for their annual races. Sean and Kate (aka Puck) are both entrants in the races, and the story revolves around their lives as they prepare for the dangerous event. Brave and stubborn, Puck is an orphan struggling to hold what's left of her family together, and she encounters deep-seated sexism when she throws her hat in for a race a woman has never entered before. Sean has a gift with the animals that may or may not have to do with magic, and he is locked in a no-win battle with the jealous son of his boss at the stables. The emerging relationship between Puck and Sean is tentative and sweet, and ultimately quite strong. A major theme in the book is about finding your own happiness, and how it may not always present itself in ways that one expects. Horse-lovers will enjoy the real horses and the capall uisce (pronounced CAPple ISHka), though sensitive readers should be prepared for violence and death, both human and equine. The animals are dramatic, but the real story here is about people, relationships, and dreams on an isolated coastal island.
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