The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races

Book - 2013
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Nineteen-year-old 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.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2013
ISBN: 9780545224918
Branch Call Number: Stiefvater, M
Characteristics: 435 p. ; 21 cm


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On a remote island called Thisby, 17-year-old orphaned Kate (Puck) Connolly and her two brothers struggle to keep their home and keep their family together. Kate’s solution? To ride in the Scorpio Races – a treacherous race where riders test their mettle on the cappal uisce, the island’s wild and deadly water horses. This book is a sure win for fans of both horses and the Hunger Games trilogy. The audiobook version features original music by the author. (submitted by TH)

May 30, 2018

An amazing work of art that conjures up excitement and anticipation when reading each chapter. The struggle of Puck and Sean striving to win the grand prize but discovering a relationship they never knew existed, was thrilling to read and a book I will never forget.

neyoscribbles Apr 15, 2018

The fantasy aspect of the novel and the setting of the book blended well with the characters of Puck and Sean. Not only are these two responsible beyond their ages, but they are intuitive, wise and full of determination. Though there is a bit of a “them” against “everyone else” mentality, the story line is very empowering and I like how the characters deal with villains who don’t always seem like villains. Categorized as teen fiction, I like that this novel stresses that no one particular person has to be an obstacle. Sometimes one needs to open up to a friend/companion in order to completely open up to themselves and face their obstacles.

MelifluousView Oct 30, 2017

Puck and Sean were great characters that I enjoyed getting to know. The Capaill Uisce were an interesting magical aspect that made me want to read more. It wasn't a light book, but it slowly drew me in as these characters worked to find their place on the island.

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.

Apr 03, 2017

Greatness... wish there was more.

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.

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!

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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Jul 24, 2018

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Apr 11, 2015

"I am so, so alive."

Oct 20, 2014

Some race to win. Others race to survive.

Aug 16, 2013

She bites!

Apr 27, 2012

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


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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.

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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