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The Scorpio Races Read-Alikes

Like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Scorpio Races has a unique concept; you’d be hard-pressed to find another book about racing deadly water horses on an imaginary Celtic island. However, there are many other fantasy novels inspired by legends of  mythical sea creatures and/or Celtic folklore. If you are a fan of The Scorpio Races, here are five titles that you may want to add to your to-read list:

BridesOfRollrockIslandThe Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (2012)

On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings-and to catch their wives.

The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment. (Source:

HushHush: An Irish Princess’ Tale by Donna Jo Napoli (2007)

Melkorka is a princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom in mediæval Ireland — but all of this is lost the day she is kidnapped and taken aboard a marauding slave ship. Thrown into a world that she has never known, alongside people that her former country’s laws regarded as less than human, Melkorka is forced to learn quickly how to survive. Taking a vow of silence, however, she finds herself an object of fascination to her captors and masters, and soon realizes that any power, no matter how little, can make a difference. (Source:

FolkKeeperThe Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley (1999)

Corinna is a Folk Keeper. Her job is to keep the mysterious Folk who live beneath the ground at bay. But Corinna has a secret that even she doesn’t fully comprehend, until she agrees to serve as Folk Keeper at Marblehaugh Park, a wealthy family’s seaside manor. There her hidden powers burst into full force, and Corinna’s life changes forever… (Source:


SeachangeSea Change by Aimee Friedman (2009)

Sixteen-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science–and not so great with boys. After a major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she is happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother’s estate. Then, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts that her logical, scientific mind can’t make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship…and reality. Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something she could”ve never imagined? (Source:

TitheTithe by Holly Black (2002)

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms — a struggle that could very well mean her death. (Source:


Author Interview – Maggie Stiefvater

There is a YouTube video of Maggie Stiefvater talking about The Scorpio Races, but it was recorded at a conference and the sound quality is  terrible. Instead of posting it, I decided to share three short interviews Stiefvater did when The Scorpio Races was released:

In these interviews, Stiefvater discusses (among other things)  her family and how they influenced The Scorpio Races, her rejection from a college creative writing program, and her nontraditional career path  (do you know she has played Highland Bagpipes competitively?). She’s a fascinating person and her interviews are well worth reading.

Book Trailer – The Scorpio Races

Maggie Stiefvater is another multi-talented author – she is an accomplished artist and musician. She not only did the stop-motion animation for the The Scorpio Races trailer, but she also wrote and co-performed the music. This trailer is much different than others we’ve seen, largely due to its use of animation. What do you think of Stiefvater’s art and music? Does it fit the tone of the book? And does this preview tell you enough about the book to make you want to read it? 

Announcing the 2013 Top 10 nominees!


The second CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award kicks off this week! If you are a CCRSB student in grades 7-12, you are invited to read from this year’s list of 10 amazing nominated books and vote for your favourite to be the winner of the CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Award. Last year, The Hunger Games won with almost 600 votes.

The 2013 Top 10 books have been carefully selected by CCRSB Library Services staff. They represent a wide range of genres and include some of the best fiction published between January, 2011  and January, 2012. They are (in alphabetical order):

Participating is easy! Just follow these three steps:

1) Read at least one of the Top 10 titles between February 4 and May 3. All 10 nominees are available from your school library. If you’ve already read one of the nominated titles, read another! You never know – you may find your new favourite book.

2) During the reading period,  discuss the books with other CCRSB students on the pages linked at the top of this website. Please remember these rules when submitting comments:

  • Don’t include any identifying information (last name, school, location, etc.).
  • Be respectful of other students’ comments.
  • Use school appropriate language.

3) Vote for your favourite book online or in your school library between April 22 and May 3. The book with the most votes will be announced as the winner on Tuesday, May 14.

Head to your school library, grab a Top 10 book, and let’s start reading!