Monday, January 28, 2013

The Book Report

Check out the Winter 2013 edition of The Book Report, prepared by the Junior Friends of the Springfield Town Library.  Just click on the books at right.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Recommendation from Sofia

Can Puck Connolly and her reliable island pony, Dove, win the annual Scorpio Races? She will be racing against powerful flesh eating water horses called Capaill Uisce. At the beginning of the story, Puck wants nothing to do with the races or the seahorses that killed her parents leaving her and her two brothers on their own.   However, when faced with outstanding mortgage payments, she has no other choice than to become the first girl to take part in the deadly horse race across the beaches of Thisby. The prize money for winning the race would save her home. Therefore, with help from Sean Kendrick, a four time champion, she begins to train. 
The book starts a few weeks leading up to the race on these powerful, beautiful and lethal animals. Every November, Capaill Uisce (pronounced CAP-ul ISH-kuh) emerge from the dark sea and gallop along the beach beneath the cliffs of Thisby. During this time, the local men capture these horses for an exciting and deadly race.  Although the race is an important part that holds the plot together, it’s more about the island of Thisby, the people who live there, and their connection with the Capaill Uisce. The main character Puck, who has blue eyes and freckles, and hair the color of ruddy fall cliff grass, is so attached to her horse, that it’s easier to get a barnacle off a rock than her off her pony.  One of my favorite Puck Connolly quotes from the book was ““Neatness makes me feel like I have to be on my best behavior. Clutter is my natural habitat.”  You will find yourself cheering for both Sean and Puck to win but in the end, there can only be one champion.
The Scorpio Races is not only one of the best books I have read but an incredible audio book to listen to.  It won the Amazing Audio Book Award for young adults and I can see why – the production is fantastic. I loved the two actors who narrated Sean and Puck.  Sean and Puck’s accents took me far away from Vermont and into Thisby, a small coastal town hours away from the mainland of Scotland. It isn’t like someone reading you a story, but more like watching a movie and feeling like you’re in the thick of things. You can find the book and audio version of The Scorpio Races at the Springfield Town Library.  I highly recommend this book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.