Bound To Stay Bound

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 Dragon run
 Author: Matthews, Patrick

 Publisher:  Scholastic Press
 Pub Year: 2013

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 325 p., map, 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 612474 ISBN: 9780545450683
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Dragons -- Fiction
 Fugitives from justice -- Fiction
 Escapes -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction

Price: $20.01

It is testing day, and twelve-year-old Al has scored a zero--but as he flees the cullers he begins to realize that being a zero actually means that he is a threat to the vicious dragons who rule his people.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 157533
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: 20.0   Quiz: 60237

   Kirkus Reviews (01/15/13)
   School Library Journal (06/01/13)
 The Hornbook (00/03/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 06/01/2013 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 - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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