Parents' Guide to

The Scorpio Races

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bloodthirsty horses star in thrilling coming-of-age tale.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Wow, wow, wow!!!!

This book was incredible! It is one of my favorites that I've read in a long time! I loved the characters, the messages, the pacing, the story and mythology was great, and the writing style was beautiful. Everything the two main characters go through is so inspirational and it makes them so strong. The end left me so happy and I was in tears. I didn't want it to be over! I will not be at all surprised if this book becomes a classic. Please, go read it right now! Five stars! Fantastic book!

Is It Any Good?

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Maggie Stiefvater serves up a terrific mix of action, magic, and romance that defies neat categorization into any one genre. It’s a fantasy horse story for teens who hate both fantasies and horse stories: The pulsing danger of the capaill uisce (water horses) is seductive. The narration shifts between Puck and Sean, both strong and appealing voices. The two perspectives together paint a vivid portrait of Thisby and the solid supporting cast. Stiefvater’s Thisby is the kind of place readers want to get lost in: She drops so many intriguing hints into the lives of the secondary characters, you wish you could follow them a bit more too. The American Library Association named Scorpio Races a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for excellence in literature for young adults.

The story is a thrill ride, so much so that the romance sneaks in quietly. Sean and Puck, both headstrong and fierce in their own distinct ways, are classic heroes who’ll resonate with independent-minded teens.

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