Monday, April 16, 2012

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Queen has found a new favorite author. Maggie Stiefvater has woven an intriguing tale in her book Scorpio Races. She gives us a brave hero in Puck and a character with integrity in Sean. Their story kept me turning the pages and wanting more.

The book is clean. If there were any cuss words, I missed them. Though the scenes were people were killed by the fairy horses were quite descriptive, I found them less gory than what I read in The Hunger Games.

I will be returning to the library for more of her stories.
Happy Reading,
The Queen.

Book Title: The Scorpio Races

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Scholastic Press (October 18, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 416 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy chapter book
ISBN: 978-0545224901

Book Theme:
Bravery, mythological horses, dealing with death, facing your fears and overcoming them.

Book Summary from Author's website
Based on the legends of the eich uisce — the Celtic water horse — The Scorpio Races take place on the tiny, fictional island of Thisby. Each November, water horses emerge from the black ocean and gallop the beach beneath the cliffs of Thisby. And each November, men capture these horses for a thrilling and deadly race.
Both Sean Kendrick, four time champion, and Kate "Puck" Connolly, newcomer to the races, will ride this year, and both of them have more to gain — or lose — than in any previous year. But only one can win.

Activity Adventures:

Make your own November Cakes
Purchase a tube of cinnamon rolls and bake as directed. Fill the middle with a tablespoon of honey and cover with frosting. 

Reading the Prologue Here

Authors Arena

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Behind The Story:
"The reason why I wrote The Scorpio Races is because of a piece of advice I was given or read or found when I was a teen. It was this: write the book you've always wanted to read, but can't find on the shelf.

Well, the book I always wanted to read had water horses in it. It's a tiny corner of Scottish and Irish and Manx mythology: swift and beautiful horses that jump out of the ocean and attack people or cattle. The legend was more complicated than that, though — the horses had their own kind of magic. Some of them turned into young men and attempted to lure women into the ocean with them. Some of them appeared as cute little ponies and tried to lure children onto their back. My particular favorite part of this legend was the version that explained that as more children climbed onto the pony, its back would lengthen to accommodate them. Later, the victims' lungs and livers would wash up on the shore." Read the rest over at Stiefvater's website

Author's bio from her website:

All of my life decisions have been based around my inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which I've tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists, musicians, and artists (I've made my living as one of these since I was 22).
I now live an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two small kids, two neurotic dogs who fart recreationally, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.
I'm an avid reader, an award-winning colored pencil artist, and play several musical instruments, including the Celtic harp, the piano, and the bagpipes.


Ali B said...

I've been flirting with this book for some time now. I think I'll go ahead and add it to the queue. Thanks!

Julie Hedlund said...

I've heard so much about this book, but I think this post has tipped it over the edge. I will read it.

Jackie Castle said...

I've stared reading her earlier books. Like them, but I think this one is by far her best. I wonder if she'll turn it into a series, too?

Micaella Lopez said...

Maggie S. has constructed a real world from an unlikely myth populated by eccentrics and loveable characters, as well as some real (but less well drawn) villains. I found myself wanting to add this island to my vacation list- just NOT in November. Not exactly Misty of Chincoteague, but fun to read. I plan on putting the cake recipe to good use.
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