I just read on the Scholastic website that Scorpio Races has "mature content"--can anyone enlighten me about what that is? I need to know if it would be an appropriate book for someone who goes for clean books.
The really isn't any bad language or sexual activity in the book. The mature content would have to be the violence. This is a book about man-eating "water horses." The author is not overly descriptive of the violent acts but she doesn't shy away from them either. People and animals die and are injured on a pretty regular basis.
I also had reservations about my 11 year old daughter reading this, so I read it first. I've got about 60 pages left to read right now. It's said "bastard" 3 times and cold as a witch's tit" 3 times. One male character taunts another by saying "Is she (Puck) as good a ride as Corr (his horse)?" There are a couple other sexual references, but they are so subtle that I think they will go right over my daughter's head. As the two main characters are beginning to develop feelings for each other, there's some stuff about "how warm his chest against her back feels, etc." But it is such a great book, otherwise!