Dragon Run

Dragon Run

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by Patrick Matthews
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545520737
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
334,405
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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Dragon Run 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
QOTU More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Action-packed advemture where dragons rule the Earth!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest books I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dragon Run is one of my favorite books of all time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inever read tje book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got a paper dragon run and it has Patric Matthews's autograph isn't tht cool?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I imagine Bird as the gray guy from the tv show Chowder LOL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book loved it!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't like books where dragons are the bad guys.
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I have only read part so far awsome
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am just about to read this book so i really dont know but i am just gonging to rate it a 3