On a quiet island, each year in November, the town comes alive for the dangerous Scorpio Races, where men attempt and sometimes die riding the dangerous water horses across the beach. Puck Connelly is the first woman rider in the races and Sean Kendrick is the best rider out there, and together they train and ride in the treacherous race, while learning about what is really important in each other’s lives and in their own.
The Scorpio Races is a wonderful fantasy/adventure story that fuses folklore with romance between a strong heroine and a dignified hero. The setting is intriguing—a mysterious island in an unknown time period with a Celtic feel and the peculiar capaill uisce draw the reader in, while the real and sincere characters keep him or her absorbed until the last page. Fans of romance and speculative fiction will enjoy this book, as well teens who are looking for a great adventure.
Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races. New York: Scholastic Press, 2011.
Gr. 8-12 Speculative fiction, fantasy