THE SCORPIO RACES is named a Printz Award Honor!



We’re delighted to share the wonderful news that our very own THE SCORPIO RACES  by Maggie Stiefvater is a 2011 Michael L. Printz Award Honor!  

The Printz Award, a prize granted to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature, went to John Corey Whaley this year for Where Things Come Back, but Maggie’s captivating tale was awarded an Honor, along with Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and illustrated by Maira Kalman, The Returning by Christine Hinwood, and Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey.  For more information about the Printz Award, please visit here.

The audio book edition of Maggie’s striking story of was also the recent winner of an Odyssey Honor from Scholastic Audio!  The Odyssey Honor, administered by the ALA and Young Adult Library Services Associate, is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.  Other 2012 winners include ROTTERS by Daniel Kraus, GHETTO COWBOY by G. Neri, OKAY FOR NOW by Gary D. Schmidt, and YOUNG FREDLE by Cynthia Voigt.  You can find an interview with the authors, conducted by Maggie here, as well as a MP3 of our interview with Maggie about the audiobook here.  For more information on the Odyssey Awards, please visit here.

THE SCORPIO RACES audio book was also named to the 2012 Notable Children’s Recording list!  For an entire list of the 2012 Notable Children's Recordings, please visit here.

Just in case you missed it, here’s a recap of the awards and accolades that THE SCORPIO RACES has won:


  • 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


  • * “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


We’re also excited to announce that WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick has won the middle grade category for the ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award, which honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.  Since the winner must emphasize the artistic expression of the disability experience for children and or adolescent audiences, we feel that WONDERSTRUCK is the perfect embodiment of what the Schneider Family Book Award stands for.  Previous winners include Jordan Sonnenblick, Nora Raleigh Baskin, Pam Munoz, Joan Bauer, Colin Bootman, Wendy Maxx, and Francisco X. Stork.  For more information about this award, please visit here

Praise for Wonderstruck

  • “Engrossing, intelligent, beautifully engineered and expertly told in word and image.”
    — The New York Times Book Review
  • “Moving and ingenious...”
    — The Wall Street Journal
  • “Brian Selznick proves to be that rare creator capable of following one masterpiece — 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret,' — with another even more brilliantly executed. ”
    — Washington Post
  • “Another entrancing, exquisitely illustrated novel…Older kids and adults alike will be mesmerized by the interlocking stories. A verbal and visual marvel.” ”
    — Family Circle
  • * “A gift for the eye, mind, and heart.”
    — Booklist, starred review
  • * “Visually stunning, completely compelling.” 
    — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * “Innovative…has the makings of a classic.”
    — Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * “A thing of wonder to behold…an emotional experience that neither the words nor the illustrations could achieve on their own.” 
    — School Library Journal starred review


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