Friday Face-Off: Horse

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“Being born in a stable does not make one a horse”
~ a cover featuring a HORSE

Mogsy’s Pick:
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

When I was a kid, I was obsessed about this book called Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. What little girl doesn’t like a story about horses, am I right? Well, The Scorpio Races is a book for that inner little girl in all of us, all grown up. In this novel, people from all over the world would swarm to the small island of Thisby every November to see the famous Scorpio Races, an event where tourists and locals alike would place huge bets on the horses and their riders.

Thing is though, the horses here aren’t your usual Thoroughbreds or Appaloosas. Instead, the jockeys ride the capaill uisce, a breed of water horse native to Thisby. They’re also carnivorous predators, known to prey on livestock and other animals on the island. While their strength makes them fast mounts, their fierce aggression and unpredictable temperaments also means they have no qualms about attacking humans, and it is common for riders to die in accidents or attacks every year. Though our protagonist Kate “Puck” Connolly has had no experience with racing, she decides to sign up anyway, being the first female to ever do so. And instead of choosing to ride a capaill uiscePuck also shocks the world by choosing to compete with Dove, her plain old regular dun mare.

There are a lot of covers for this book, so I’ve only picked the best to feature. Let’s take a look at them now:

First row, from left to right: Scholastic (Hardcover 2011) – Scholastic (Paperback 2011) – Scholastic (2013)


Scholastic (2017) – Italian (2012) – Polish(2012) – Spanish (2013)


Czech (2013) – French (2012) – German (2012)



This was a tough week featuring a lot of strong covers, especially with my favorite color combo of red+black+white being the predominant theme. But at the end of the day, I think I’m going to have to go with the Scholastic 2013 edition. I’ve loved it ever since I first saw it, though I wish that Printz Honor badge didn’t distract so much from the gorgeous image.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

12 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Horse”

  1. Some great covers. I like the Scholastic 2017 cover best, maybe because the horse looks kinda otherwordly to me in that one. I kinda like the French one too, with the dark clouds, and the Italian one isn’t bad either.


  2. I almost chose this book but I haven’t read it so continued my search! I love some of the covers. I like your choice but as above not keen on the award. I actually like the second cover – it just appeals to me.
    Lynn 😀


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