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The Scorpio Races

By Maggie Stiefvater   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545224918 Paperback
448 Pages | 5.26" x 7.98" | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545224901 Hardcover
416 Pages | 5.8" x 8.52" | Ages 14 & Up

A spellbinding novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater

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.

*BONUS material in the paperback edition:

  • A new short story and an essay on water horse mythology
  • Maggie's Printz Honor acceptance speech

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Praise for The Scorpio Races

2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book
New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2011
2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2011
A Horn Book Fanfare Book of 2011
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2011
An Amazon.com Best Young Adult Book of 2011
2011 ALA Notable Children's Books (Fiction)
2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominee

"Stiefvater not only steps out of the young adult fantasy box with The Scorpio Races but crushes it with pounding hooves... If The Scorpio Races sounds like nothing you've ever read, that's because it is." -The New York Times Book Review

"With this beautifully executed drama, Stiefvater has established herself as one of the finest YA novelists writing today." -Entertainment Weekly

"Tense, atmospheric, and utterly original." -People Magazine

*"A study of courage and loyalty tested... utterly compelling." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

*"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, starred review

*"Masterful... like nothing else out there now." -Kirkus, 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

*"Upon 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