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#AuthorApril: M is for Maggie Stiefvater #AtoZChallenge

Dear Alison,

Linda Sue Park's video makes me weep every time I watch it. I'm a HUGE fan of reading and one of my favorite author's is Maggie Stiefvater.

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Her books blow me away.
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I'm fairly obsessed with the Raven Boy Series, but I haven't read Blue Lily, Lily Blue yet. My FAVORITE, absolute FAVORITE Maggie Stiefvater book is:
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In 2011, it won the Printz Honor.
In fact, Scorpio Races won a lot of awards. Check it out:
Acclaim for THE SCORPIO RACES:
  • Michael L. Printz Award Honor, 2011
  • Odyssey Honor Audiobook (audio book), 2012
  • Notable Children’s Recording list, 2012 (audio book)
  • ALA Notable Books for Children, 2012
  • The New York Times Notable Childrens’ Books of 2011
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2011
  • Amazon’s Best Books for Teens 2011
  • School Library Journal‘s Best Books of the Year
  • Kirkus’ Best Teen Books of the Year (2011)
  • Horn Book Best Books of 2011
  • YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012
  • YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2012
Praise for THE SCORPIO RACES:
  • * “Masterful. Like nothing else out there now.”
    -Kirkus, starred review
  • * “a study of courage and loyalty tested . . . an utterly compelling read.”
    -Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * “A book with cross-appeal to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure, 
  • this seems to have a shot at being a YA blockbuster.”
  • -Booklist, starred review
  • * “gets better and better…all the way, in fact, to best.”
    -Horn Book, starred review
  • * “plenty of action, conflict, excitement, and a heart-stopping climax . . . the result is marvelous”
    -School Library Journal, starred review
  • “[Stiefvater] not only steps out of the young adult fantasy box with “The Scorpio Races” but crushes it 
  • with pounding hooves. . . . If “The Scorpio Races” sounds like nothing you’ve ever read, that’s because it is.”
    -The New York Times

Scorpio Races Book Blurb:
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of 
their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words,
and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given 
her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in 
no way prepared for what is going to happen.

So Alison, if you haven't read any of Maggie's books, I would recommend starting with 
Scorpio Races. 

Sharing the writing love one letter at a time,
Kim

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