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Author: Maggie Stiefvater

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Publisher: Scholastic Press, ©2011

Material: hard cover

Summary: In the Scorpio Races it is man v. water horse. Riders risk their lives racing in the brisk November sea, trying to make it to the finish line. Sean Kendrick (19) is the reigning champion. With a win this year, he will own Corr, the prize horse of Malvern Stables. He has an unexpected challenger - Puck Connelly, the first girl to enter the Scorpio Races. There is a lot at stake for both Puck and Sean ... are they ready for the ride of their life? This is a first-person narrative fantasy adventure with high interest / low readability potential.

Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story, anytime reading, read aloud book, young adult reader

Recommended Age: read together: 11 and Up; read yourself: 12 and Up

Interest Level: 11 and Up

Reading Level: 5.5

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Wow! I quickly forgot that the water horses are fantasy. The story itself is compelling, and Puck and Sean have incredible voice that pulls and pushes as you turn the page.

Pros: Hold on tight for an amazing ride! Readers will be on the edge of their seats hoping and cheering from page 1 to the very last word.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Readers of all ages will find it nearly impossible to put down.


Educational Themes: There are subtexts to the story - Puck losing her parents, for example - but this is largely a story for reading and reflection.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up an Advance Review Copy (ARC) of this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, fantasy, adventure, friendship, young adult

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2014

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