The Blockbuster #1 New York Times Bestseller, Now in Paperback! Firedrake, a young dragon, receives a frightening warning one night: Humans are planning to destroy the valley in which he lives! All the dragons must flee. Their only refuge is a place above the clouds called the Rim of Heaven --- which may not even exist. Firedrake boldly volunteers to go ahead first. As he embarks on his journey, he meets Ben, a lonely runaway boy. Together, the boy & dragon make their way toward the Rim of Heaven, all the while running a step ahead of Nettlebrand, a monster who will stop at nothing to hunt down Firedrake. Their quest will truly become an adventure like no other. Flying over moonlit lands and sparkling seas, they encounter fantastic creatures, summon up surprising courage — and cross the path of a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge who's determined to end their quest. Only a secret destiny can save the dragons in this enchanting adventure about the true meaning home. CORNELIA FUNKE is Germany's bestselling children's author after J.K. Rowling and R.L. Stine. In the fall of 2002, she made her brilliant debut in the English language market with the release of THE THIEF LORD, the enchanting New York Times best-seller. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed novel INKHEART and the picture book THE PRINCESS KNIGHT. Ms. Funke lives in California.