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The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races

by Maggie Stiefvater

2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Some race to win. Others race to survive.

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 choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

As she did in her bestselling "Shiver" trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.

Praise for The Scorpio Races

“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.” — Horn Book Review, starred review

“Masterful...like nothing else out there now.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A study of courage and loyalty tested…utterly compelling.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A book with cross-appeal to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure, this seems to have a shot at being a YA blockbuster.” —Booklist, starred review

“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 . . . The author takes great liberties with the Celtic myth, but the result is marvelous.” — School Library Journal, starred review

Interest Level
Grades 9 - 11
Grade Level Equivalent
5.5
Lexile Measure
840L
DRA
70
Guided Reading
Z
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
416
Genre
Series, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

About the Author

Maggie Stiefvater Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver. She is also the author of The Scorpio Races, a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book.

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