Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Scorpio Races

Stiefvater, Maggie.  The Scorpio Races.  NY: Scholastic, c2011.  404 pages.

From the publisher:  "It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
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This book takes place in what might be current times, but the island where Puck and Sean live is very different than the mainland.  The water horses are what sets them apart from the rest of the world.  They live in the sea and they are both magnificent and frightening.  Anyone who loves horses should find this a good read, but if you just like fast-paced, thrilling stories, you will like it as well.  Puck is a character I came to love.  She is the kind of spunky and determined girl who goes for what she wants.  Sean is very quiet, but once you get to know him, you'll like him too.

This book is on the Iowa High School Book Award reading list for 2015-2016.  I would recommend it for junior high and above, with a warning about violent scenes for more sensitive readers.    Review by Mrs. Belknap

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