Study Guide

The Scorpio Races Family

By Maggie Stiefvater


If you kept your brother or sister or children in a barn, fed them hay, made them run dozens of miles a day, and occasionally gave them a bath by spraying them down with a hose… well, someone would probably call protective services. But if you keep your horse in a nice warm barn, feed them, ride them all over the countryside, and brush and bathe them… well, then they're family.

Funny how that works. But family is different to different people. And to different species. All the human-to-human and human-to-horse relationships differ wildly, making this word very hard to define.

Questions About Family

  1. Does Sean place any value on family?
  2. Why does Puck try to keep her family together? Why does Gabe want to leave, and why doesn't he care about the consequences?
  3. Besides the two main characters, what other families do we meet on the island? What kind of families are they?

Chew on This

Sean considers his horses as family members, and he'll always put them above any human.

Puck, too, considers her horse as a family member, and she's guilty of putting her horse's needs over the needs of her brother.

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