The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races

Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, ©2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545224901
054522490X
9780545224918
0545224918
Branch Call Number: TEEN
Characteristics: 409 pages ; 22 cm

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GCPL_Teen Jul 07, 2017

This books is a twist of horses, fairy tales, romance, and fantasy. It's honestly sort of silly how well written this book is. Stiefvater is a talented writer, that's for sure, and this if hands-down my favorite of hers. The story swaps between two characters: Puck, a girl determined to keep her brother from leaving home, and Sean, a boy determined to keep his title as champion of the scorpio races. But what exactly are the scorpio races, you might ask? Each year on Puck's island, people come from all around to watch the race of fae horses--vicious creatures caught from the sea and tamed for just this occasion. There's just one problem--these horses like to eat their masters. When Puck enters the race with her 100% normal horse, everyone thinks she'll die before she even makes it to the finish line, everyone but Sean. This book is just magical. There's no other way to put it. The threads of fantasy and reality are so well interwoven, you won't know one from the other. A must read for any YA fantasy lover.

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mightyminnie
Apr 03, 2017

Greatness... wish there was more.

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normaking
Feb 21, 2017

Unique book, well told by two narrators. I listened to the audio book and it was terrific. The story centers on the mythical water horses. You'll love it whether you love horses or not.

me_tis_awesome Jan 04, 2017

She completed her goal, to make a book I'd hold to my chest.

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lynx_girl
Jul 11, 2016

This is a very exciting adventure!
I love the characters, especially Puck, she is so strong and I reading about her makes me think about how I could be like her in my life. This is a great book!

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livieb17
Jun 01, 2016

This book had a really slow beginning but picked up a lot after about a hundred pages. The ending was pretty good but I didn't like how it ended with Sean's perspective. It was a good happy ending.

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green_snake_744
May 20, 2016

this book is a good read for a lot of people

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blue_alligator_728
May 14, 2016

well written and mysterious, great casual read

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marthabwaters
Oct 27, 2015

I've reread this book every fall for the past few years since it came out, and I love it more with each reading. The world-building is incredible--Thisby feels like a real, fully-developed place, man-eating horses and all--and the relationships between the characters and the various subtle undercurrents are so wonderfully written. A perfect read for October/November -- or any time of year, really, if you're in the mood to cry and fall in love with this beautifully written gem of a book.

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sandette
Aug 22, 2015

I loved this book. Stiefvater's writing is so beautiful; I found myself shivering at her descriptions of the island of Thisby, the water horses, and the weather. I also loved the personalities of the two main protagonists, Puck and Sean. I loved Puck so much. She's bubbly, strong, and hilarious. Sean made me swoon. Their relationship was realistic, developed, and I got butterflies whenever they interacted. A lot of people were angry about the fact that the actual races were in the last few pages of the book, and everything before that was setup, and I was so-and-so about this. I think that the book is about more than just the races, so it was necessary, but I can see why it could get bothersome. All in all, however, I loved this book.

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blue_dog_8329 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Jul 21, 2016

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Jul 11, 2016

lynx_girl thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 15

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Dec 28, 2014

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Nov 04, 2014

louisa244 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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millibanini
Jul 24, 2013

millibanini thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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dove123_
Apr 11, 2015

"I am so, so alive."

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bubitza
Oct 20, 2014

Some race to win. Others race to survive.

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aboyter
Aug 16, 2013

She bites!

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chippy7
Apr 27, 2012

if you love something, set it free, if it was yours, it will come back.

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louisa244
Nov 04, 2014

Other: There are some very descriptive scenes of violence so if you do not like blood then....and there is the language, not alot but some. The book overall is good but if you are under 12 years of age,eh, not really for you. It has horses alright but the thing is, they are scary horses. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU DO NOT LIKE BLOOD.

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xhenalatifi
Jan 14, 2014

Coarse Language: A little bit of language

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

On the island of Thisby, autumn brings with it the capall uisce -- fey "water horses" that long to drown or eat men. Since people can remember, the brave and foolish have tried to tame the horses in order to ride them in the Scorpio Races each November. Puck is an orphan who takes care of her three brothers. When she finds out her house will be taken from her if she doesn't pay for it, she enters herself in the Races -- the first girl ever to ride. Sean Kendrick is also an orphan, his father taken from him by the Races he loves. For him, winning the Race would mean getting everything he loves, his red water horse Corr and freedom. Even though Puck and Sean are competing, they are drawn to each other, two stubborn, determined and passionate souls. But will the Race tear them apart?

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