Ultra by David CarrollUltra by David Carroll


byDavid Carroll

Paperback | September 1, 2013

Pricing and Purchase Info

$7.31 online 
$8.99 list price save 18%
Earn 37 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


A young ultra-marathon runner is pushed to the breaking point and beyond in this gripping tale of physical endurance and emotional healing.

Quinn has been called a superhero and a freak of nature. At age 13, he's an amazing distance runner. He takes on the second-hardest challenge of his life when he enters his first ultramarathon: a grueling 100-mile, 24-hour-long race that will push him to the very limit of his endurance.

While Quinn struggles to go on - up a mountain and through the night, as his muscles break down and he begins to hallucinate - we learn why the ultra-marathon is only the second hardest thing he has endured in his young life. And maybe this devastating event from his past is exactly what Quinn has been running from . . .

Framed as an interview with a media commentator after Quinn's newsmaking finish, this remarkable debut novel from ultra-marathon runner David Carroll reminds us that when we dare to challenge what is possible, the word impossible loses its meaning.

DAVID CARROLL is a CBC Radio producer and a long-distance runner with four 100-mile races under his belt. He has written short stories and radio series for NPR, as well as numerous CBC programs including Canada Reads, GO, Sounds Like Canada, The Arts Today, Tapestry, DNTO, and Grooveshinny. David's writing has also appeared in Canadian...
Title:UltraFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:192 pages, 7.7 × 5.25 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:7.7 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:September 1, 2013Publisher:Scholastic Canada LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443119180

ISBN - 13:9781443119184

Appropriate for ages: 9


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I read this FOUR years ago and clearly remember every single detail from the plot and character. Like the old man who got a ride to cheat in the race. This is a really good book for a quick read, not very long and is easy for grades four and up.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it !!!!!!!!!! This is an amazing story about a boy how is going too run 1000 km. His best freind Kneecape( it is her nickname) is elping trane and he only has 24h too run it!!!
Date published: 2015-01-21

From the Author

A note from the author:"I hated running when I was a kid . . . I had no idea back then that running could actually be fun. I had no idea how good it could feel to "float?"over an undulating footpath, with stripes of sunlight lining the forest floor. I never dreamed that one day I'd be able to run for 24 hours straight. And I'd have thrown a running shoe at you if you'd suggested that the culmination of one dream - successfully completing a 100-mile race, would lead to the realization of another life-long goal: publishing an actual novel. I guess it's true what they say. Once you've run 100 miles in a day, the word 'impossible' loses its meaning." -David Carroll

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Ultra:Winner, Cybils - Middle-Grade Fiction, 2013"An inspiring read." -Canadian Running Magazine"This is a story of determination and perseverence. It was impossible for me to stop turning the pages." -OWL Magazine (Forrester, age 11)"Torn between savouring every word or rushing to the end, I stampeded my way through Ultra . . . Highly Recommended." -CM: Canadian Review of Materials"A really dramatic story . . . much like running a long distance race - you just have to keep going until you reach the finish line where all the questions are answered!" -Trail Running Canada