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The Scorpio Races Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Stiefvater, Maggie
ISBN: 0545224918     ISBN-13: 9780545224918
Publisher: Scholastic
    OUR PRICE: $9.89  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: April 2013
Annotation: Returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Racing; Fiction.
Orphans; Fiction.
Horses; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013010124
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.25" W x 1.00" (0.80 lbs) 435 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 147559
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 17.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q54495
Reading Level: 5.5   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 25.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels Shiver, Linger, Forever, and The Scorpio Races. She is also the author of Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception and Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Stiefvater's novel, inspired by legends of beautiful but deadly fairy horses, begins rivetingly...and gets better. The narrative alternates between Sean Kendrick, in tune with the magic horses, and Kate "Puck" Connolly, orphaned by the creatures and desperate enough to enter the famed Scorpio Races. Stiefvater sets not one foot wrong as she takes readers on an intoxicating ride of their own. Copyright 2012 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #6)
"It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die." Stiefvater's novel, inspired by Manx, Irish, and Scottish legends of beautiful but deadly fairy horses that emerge from the sea each autumn, begins rivetingly and gets better and better...all the way, in fact, to best. Stiefvater masterfully combines an intimate voice (think I Capture the Castle) with a fully evoked island setting with sensory-rich language (think Margo Lanagan) with a wealth of horse detail with a plot full of danger, intrigue, and romance. The narrative alternates between two first-person voices: Sean Kendrick, more in tune with the magic horses than anyone else on Thisby but tied to his stable job by his love for his employer's valuable water horse, Corr; and Kate "Puck" Connolly, orphaned by the vicious creatures and desperate enough (both for money and to keep her small remaining family together) to enter the famed annual Scorpio Races -- though she quietly intends to ride not a water horse but her beloved land mare, Dove. Both Sean and Puck need to win the race and claim the prize money to achieve their dreams, so the tension builds and holds until the climactic scene: the bloody, intoxicating race along the edge of the ocean, where the perils include not just crazed horses but human villainy. Stiefvater sets not one foot wrong as she takes readers on an intoxicating ride of their own. martha v. parravano Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 August #4)

In her closing notes, Stiefvater (the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy) calls this a book "about killer horses"—terrifying faerie creatures that eat meat and seek to drown humans—and, in virtually the same breath, says that it "isn't really about water horses." She's right on both counts. On the island of Thisby, the Scorpio Races are held every November, when the driven or the crazy ride the beaches on the backs of these mounts. Sean Kendrick does it for love, winning year after year on the stallion Corr; Puck Connolly, pitting her ordinary horse against the killers, does it out of desperation, to win money to keep her home and to earn respect from her older brother, who threatens to desert the family. Stiefvater's narration is as much about atmospherics as it is about event, and the water horses are the environment in which Sean and Puck move, allies and rivals to the end. It's not a feel-good story—dread, loss, and hard choices are the islanders' lot. As a study of courage and loyalty tested, however, it is an utterly compelling read. Ages 13–up. (Oct.)¦

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 November)

Gr 8 Up—On the sea-battered and wind-swept isle of Thisby, fall brings the famed and feared capaill uisce, or water horses, and with them, death. These animals are bigger and faster than their terrestrial cousins, and they are carnivorous and predatory. Many islanders have lost family members to the beasts, including narrators Sean Kendrick and Kate Connely. For them, and others, the annual Scorpio Races are both a celebration and a grotesque spectacle. Island men test their mettle and risk their lives racing the water horses, capping a weeks-long festival. Sean, the island's foremost horse expert, races Corr to win the money to finally buy the horse from his boss, Benjamin Malvern. Kate, aka Puck, races her land horse to save her family home from foreclosure by the same man. Both cannot win, and it is doubtful that both will survive. While there is plenty of action, conflict, excitement, and a heart-stopping climax, it is the slowly developing relationship between Kate and Sean that makes the book remarkable. Though different, they are both products of the island and have an intense love for Thisby that is not shared by all of the residents. Stiefvater makes readers care deeply for them, their desolate island, and even the monstrous water horses. The author takes great liberties with the Celtic myth, but the result is marvelous.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA

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