The Scorpio Races

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The Scorpio Races
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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.
Published: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 054522490X
Branch Call Number: YA STI
Characteristics: 409 p. ;,22 cm.


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List - 2012 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees by: DBRL_TEEN Aug 16, 2012

Every November, the beaches of Thisby come alive with the Scorpio
Races. The water horses are vicious, the terrain is treacherous, and death is likely, but
the reward can be beyond anything you could imagine. Puck Connolly is racing for her
family, Sean Kendrick for his passion—but only one can w... Read More »

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OMIGOD this book is amazing. I love all the references to horses and the ending is amazing. All the action is just WoW. fives stars for sure <3

I loved this book! 5 stars!

Aug 17, 2014
  • Monikan21 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book but it was hard to get into at the very beginning. The premise of the race and the horses involved is very interesting and scary at the same time. I liked how the romance bloomed between the characters, but it wasn't overpowering. Good book, but at times a bit too much description.

Jul 11, 2014
  • Malkash rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book!

Jul 09, 2014
  • tmb83 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful mixture of fantasy and a commentary on the exploitation of wild animals by humans.

i love maggie stiefvaters books so much! i have read all of them but this one is probably my favorite. it is such a good book and the end made me cry. i cant believe he came back!!! i would suggest you read this book if you dont want a boatload of romance but a very emotional journey. even if she saved the race for the end, just building up to it was a journey. i love her descriptions and...wow...just everything. READ IT!!!

I loved this book so much! The romance in it was very subtle and the ending was totally unexpected!

Jan 14, 2014
  • TheMazeRunner13 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good book. Very unnecessary swearing though... :(

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

At first, when I heard about this book I was like, "Another teen paranormal romance. Yay..." But, although there are "paranormal" elements and "romance" elements, this book is not a paranormal romance. It's not even really a fantasy novel -- everything about this book is extremely realistic except the carnivorous aquatic horses. Most of the story comes from the characters' relationships to each other and the small island setting -- their emotions and motivations are protrayed with amazing clarity, realism and beauty by Stiefvater. This book is very, very good, and it's not like any YA novel I've read in the past five years at least.

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louisa244 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Jan 14, 2014
  • TheMazeRunner13 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

TheMazeRunner13 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Oct 20, 2014
  • bubitza rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Some race to win. Others race to survive.

Aug 16, 2013
  • aboyter rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

She bites!

Apr 27, 2012
  • chippy7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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


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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
  • TheMazeRunner13 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: A little bit of language


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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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Dec 23, 2011
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