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YA Book Club: The Scorpio Races

YA Book Club

March 2013

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From her website: I am Maggie Stiefvater. I write books. Some are about dead Welsh kings. Some are about werewolf nookie. Some are about neither. After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor, and equestrian artist, I'm now a full-time writer living in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs who fart recreationally, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki. I'm also an award-winning colored pencil artist, play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), and an ex-Navy brat. I recently acquired a race car.

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Discussion Questions

  • "What does this insane book have to say aobut religion versus spirituality?" -from Maggie Stiefvater!!
  • What does Maggie do to make Scorpio Races feel timeless? When do you think this book takes place and why?
  • Would you ride a Capaill Uisce if you could? Would you if you felt you had to?
  • Setting is a hugely important character in the novel. How does Thisby influence Sean and Puck and their choices?
  • Does the fact that George Holly is American impact his influence on Sean, and if so, how?
  • How does our soceity compare to the society in the book in regards to competition and spectator reaction? Constrast?
  • What does the book have to say about nature versus nurture?
  • Gabe is a major catalyst for the action of the novel, but the text says very little about his motivation. What do you think is his motivation? How does it compare to Kate's?
  • How much does "place" or "home" define who you are? Has it changed since moving to college? Since you started a family? Bought a house?

 

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Book Trailer

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More Books by Maggie

November Cakes!!

For more information about Maggie's original recipe for November Cakes, check out her blog.

November Cakes Recipe II