Dragon Run

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Overview


A boy goes on the run in this fast-paced fantasy debut.

Can a zero become a hero?

Testing Day is supposed to be a day of celebration for Al Pilgrommor. Born into a wealthy family, he expects to follow in his successful father's footsteps. Of course, that all depends on the rank number Al receives at the testing. The higher the rank he has tattooed onto his neck, the better his life will be.

To his surprise ...

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Overview


A boy goes on the run in this fast-paced fantasy debut.

Can a zero become a hero?

Testing Day is supposed to be a day of celebration for Al Pilgrommor. Born into a wealthy family, he expects to follow in his successful father's footsteps. Of course, that all depends on the rank number Al receives at the testing. The higher the rank he has tattooed onto his neck, the better his life will be.

To his surprise and horror, Al is revealed to be rank zero, the lowest of the low. He's now not only an outcast - he's also a danger to his entire family. So Al goes on the run, fleeing the brutal Cullers, men who hunt down zeroes . . . and put them to death.

Cast out of his home, cut off from his friends, and armed with only a sword and his wits, Al is reduced to just surviving. As he meets other outcasts, however, he begins to suspect that he is a pawn in a larger game - and that he might have the power to tip the scales in a high-stakes struggle between man and dragon.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Renee Farrah Vess
Al gets the worst news anyone could possibly receive on Testing Day—he has been ranked a zero. A good rank of 7 means you have a world of opportunities, even a lowly 2 or 3 can at least get you some type of employment. But a zero? A zero gets you killed. Al is on the run from the Cullers, a group of assassins whose job it is to eliminate zeroes and anyone associated with them. On his own and running, he begins to discover he is part of a bigger plan, and how being zero may not only save him, but his entire society. The the kindness of strangers and the bravery of friends help Al on his journey to face enemies of all levels; as his confidence grows he finally believes that society's mark on him is not as strong as he once thought. A thoughtful book with lots of description and time spent inside Al's head. What keeps you reading is this new world ruled by vicious dragons and magic where the human members are rated and sorted into jobs. Anyone who loves dystopian stories will enjoy this philosophical take in a fantasy world where our boy hero must save the day and shake up tradition. Reviewer: Renee Farrah Vess
Kirkus Reviews
In a world ruled by dragons whose minions rank and brand people like cattle, one boy has the ability to change everything. Al, Wisp and Trillia join the crowd of 12-year-olds waiting outside the castle on Testing Day. With relatively high-ranking parents--four--Al worries more about his friend, Wisp, whose parents sport the marks of rank two. Wisp, cavalier as always, gives Al a beaten-up hat to wear with an enigmatic message that it will give him the "luck of the Evans." However, luck seems far from Al when a zero is carved on the back of his neck, indicating his worth and calling for not only his death, but the death of his whole family. Al's only option is to run. He soon discovers that rank zeros are not worthless but dangerous, capable of overthrowing the dragons and freeing the five races from their slavery. Sword fights, a mysterious society and an impossible quest keep this inventive fantasy moving at a fast clip. Harry Potter fans hungry for a new hero will be drawn to Al, but stock characters and a predictable resolution combine to steal the magic. A distinctive fantasy with obvious flaws, this still goes down pretty easy. (Fantasy. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—It's Testing Day for Al Pilgrommor and the other 12-year-olds, the day that humans receive their rank marks from agents of the dragons who rule their world. Their rank-a number from one to seven carved onto the backs of their necks-will determine their entire future and social standing. With his parents both fours, Al is not unduly worried, so when he is marked a zero, he is shocked. A guard helps him escape, warning him not to go home or the Cullers will kill him and his entire family to destroy his bloodline. As Al moves from place to place, trying to survive and barely keeping one step ahead of his murderous pursuers, he learns more about his world, the different races that inhabit it, and the Potentia that gives the dragons their power. Being a zero might be a death sentence, but not for the reasons he's been told, and Al may be the key to changing the world. With an interesting premise, the story is fast paced enough to hold readers' interest. Al is an appealing hero, though his supporting cast is full of flat and underdeveloped characters. Nevertheless, fantasy fans will find much to enjoy in this action-filled adventure.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545450683
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 323,707
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author


Patrick Matthews is a writer and game designer who lives in Winter Springs, Florida. When he’s not writing or playing, you can usually find him out exploring the roads, searching for new adventures with his wife and two boys. You can learn more at www.pat-matthews.com.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    This is a great adventure book, good for all ages. It has a lik

    This is a great adventure book, good for all ages. It has a likeable hero, some great side kicks- a good villain that you don't realize is a villain until the end- and it creates a wonderful world that I am just itching to read more about- hope this turns into a series!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Dragon run

    Great book! Action-packed advemture where dragons rule the Earth!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Greatest Book

    This is one of the greatest books I have ever read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Awesome book

    Dragon Run is one of my favorite books of all time

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    I love worlds of magic, particularly well-written ones with beli

    I love worlds of magic, particularly well-written ones with believable characters. Dragon Run certainly qualifies. When Al is forced to run for his life, he's not an instant hero--just a boy trying to figure out what to do. The story was well paced and interesting, and kept me turning pages to find out what where Al's journey would take him and his friends. Loved the twist toward the end! Dragon Run is a thoroughly enjoyable read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Awsome!!!!!!

    I read this book and its a very action packed booj also if you like this book you also might like the wings of fire series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Bjorn

    Hey

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Me like

    I imagine Bird as the gray guy from the tv show Chowder LOL

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Hidy

    Whats up

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Awesome

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    I like!

    And stuff.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Jamal

    Great book loved it!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    Hated it

    I don't like books where dragons are the bad guys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    LOL

    I have only read part so far awsome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Good

    I am just about to read this book so i really dont know but i am just gonging to rate it a 3

    0 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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