The Scorpio Races
The Scorpio Races is a novel set on the mythologically unique island of Thisby. Thisby is a home to many capaill uisce, a carnivorous horse straight from the ocean. These fierce horses are tamed by the people of the island to ride them every year in a special race called the Scorpio Races. Although it is a Thisby tradition, the Scorpio Races should never take place because the water horses are never really tame. One horse even ate a dog whole. The two main characters of The Scorpio Races are intertwined in the competition of this race. Tensions between the two main characters rise as you see from both points of view. I think the shifting point of view is helpful to understand their feelings for each other. Puck Connolly is an orphan girl who lives on Thisby. She lives in a house with Finn and Gabe Connolly. They will be evicted from their house soon if they don't get enough money to pay it off. Puck decides to compete in the Scorpio Races to pay off the house. Sean Kendrick is an experienced capaill uisce trainer that wants to race in the Scorpio Races in order to buy his favorite horse, Corr. Both need to win first place to get what they need, and Sean and Puck develop a friendship that could be broken. I think any reader would be in a dilemma for who should get what they want. This novel makes your stomach twist whenever either character gets closer to what they want. You have to read The Scorpio Races yourself to discover what happens next!
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater is a great novel for readers looking for a juicy fantasy to quench their thirst for a good book. The Scorpio Races has a good plot speed to it, I felt like the book paused to explain the characters' feelings like when Sean felt happier when Puck was training with him. I also liked the level of description for the characters; sometimes I felt like I actually knew Finn when he would fix the house windows or tinker with the Connolly car, the Morris. I also felt like I knew that Gabe was hurting when he explained why he wanted to leave Thisby. I also think the Scorpio Race should have been closer the the middle of the book because the whole book is just waiting for the races. The book might have just been better a little shorter. I would recommend this to a friend, especially if they like horses.
Misty of Chincoteague
Misty of Chincoteague is a book by Marguerite Henry about horses from the island of Chincoteague. On Chincoteague, a boy and a girl decide they want a specific mare from the island named Phantom. Pony Penning Day, when horses are captured from the island, comes around and the boy and girl try to catch Phantom. The boy and girl successfully catch Phantom, but with a surprise. Phantom has a baby colt named Misty. Phantom always tries to escape their holding, but Misty is content with the company. The Scorpio Races is a similar book to Misty of Chincoteague because in both books wild horses try to resist capture and restraint.
Ghost Medicine is a grim novel by Andrew Smith. In Ghost Medicine Troy Stotts mother dies when he turns 17. His brother already perished before, so he and his dad only communicate with a pad of paper. Instead of turning to family for help, he turns to his friends. Troy's friends Gabe Benavidez and Tom Buller decide to stay out of trouble for the summer so Troy doesn't have to think about his past or future. This novel is similar to The Scorpio Races because this book deals with a lot of death, and in The Scorpio Races, many people are killed from the deadly capaill uisce.
Taming The Star Runner
Taming The Star Runner is a great novel by S. E. Hinton. The main character, Travis is sent off to his uncle's ranch for getting in trouble. Travis is always trying to be cool about everything he does, even getting into trouble. At the ranch, he meets Casey, a brave horse rider who trains the fastest and fiercest horse, The Star Runner. Travis falls in love with her and has to be brave enough to explain his feelings for her. She has made him a calmer, more sensitive person. This book is similar to The Scorpio Races because Sean and Puck fall in love with each other over horses.
Misty of Chincoteague
Taming The Star Runner
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