Dragon Keeper

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In the time of the Han Dynasty in ancient China, the last remaining dragon is in danger of being killed by the cruel Emperor. A nameless orphan with no past and an uncertain future becomes his unlikely ally. The young orphan soon discovers that it is her destiny to protect the aging dragon and his mysterious purple stone. Chased by an evil dragon hunter and a powerful sorcerer, their adventure is not easy. Each must learn to help and understand the other if they are to survive. To succeed in her task, the young ...
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Overview

In the time of the Han Dynasty in ancient China, the last remaining dragon is in danger of being killed by the cruel Emperor. A nameless orphan with no past and an uncertain future becomes his unlikely ally. The young orphan soon discovers that it is her destiny to protect the aging dragon and his mysterious purple stone. Chased by an evil dragon hunter and a powerful sorcerer, their adventure is not easy. Each must learn to help and understand the other if they are to survive. To succeed in her task, the young orphan must reach deep within herself to find courage she never knew existed. No longer can she be the timid, shy orphan she once was. She is now the one, true Dragon Keeper.
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School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-An action-packed adventure set in China in 141 B.C. In a remote western palace, Ping, a slave girl of unknown origin, serves the emperor's Dragon Keeper, an incompetent drunkard who neglects the two last-known dragons in his charge. When one of them dies and an evil hunter threatens to kill the other for his magical body parts, the old dragon, Danzi, escapes with the girl. He entrusts Ping with his precious and beautiful purple stone, which he is determined to take to the ocean. As they make their long journey east, Ping develops plausibly from a terrified, abused child into a confident young woman who truly deserves the official title of Dragon Keeper. Beset with self-doubt, often making mistakes, she slowly becomes aware of her innate powers, which includes second sight. The plot twists and turns, cinematic action comes in bursts, and villains are vile, while Danzi, Ping, and her pet rat are heroic, appealing companions who can fight or scheme their way out of every tight spot. Danzi sometimes speaks like a Daoist philosopher, but his telepathic communication with Ping too often resembles the truncated phrases of a Chinese speaker still learning English. That said, the dramatic plot and competently crafted writing make this a good choice for voracious readers of fantasy, especially those who have enjoyed Anne McCaffrey's dragon fantasies. The ending, though satisfying, makes way for a sequel.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this award-winning but uneven import, a young slave, her pet rat and a very old dragon flee across the ancient empire of the Han. Fugitives from a remote Imperial Palace, Ping, furry Hua and frail Long Danzi, last of the Emperor's captive dragons, set out for the ocean, carrying a "Dragon Stone" with which Danzi is strangely obsessed. Repeatedly getting each other out of scrapes along the way, Ping develops a great attachment to her terse, grumpy companion, while discovering within herself both latent magical powers and the resourcefulness to carry on when, at journey's end, Danzi and Hua leave her alone. Not quite alone: readers will figure out long before she does what the Dragon Stone really is. Though Wilkinson barely sketches in the historical setting, and mishandles the plot-dropping one scary pursuer abruptly and setting up a climactic battle with another by having Danzi commit a seriously against-type betrayal-she throws an engrossing barrage of challenges and reversals of fortune at her trio of well-drawn travelers, and all three acquit themselves well. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423101710
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/27/2007
  • Series: A Dragon Keeper Novel Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Carole Wilkinson was born in Derby, England and moved to Australia when she was 12. She lives in Melbourne, with her husband and daughter. She is the award-winning author of over a dozen books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    this is a story showing bravery and friendship. AMAZING BOOK!

    A young slave girl living in China with her evil master is supposed to feed the dragons. But one day she forgets and a dragon dies. The young girl sets out with the dragon to save his egg. During their journey to bring the egg to a safe hatching place, they are followed by dragon hunters and spies.
    This is a story about friendship and bravery.

    I highly recommend this book to all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    This book is great!

    Dragon Keeper is about a girl named Ping, a draon named Danzi, and a rat named Hua. They are on a quest to get to the ocean. The three are also being chased by a dragon hunter and Imperial Guards. Throughout their journey throughout Ancient China they also must keep track of a dragon stone which is important to the dragon's legacy. While this book had a slow beginning the rest of the bbook kept you wanting more. This book is very exciting. I recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

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    Really good

    Had gotten this at a book sale. The cover caught my eye as the title. And as I love dragons, this sounded like a good read. A girl helps saves a dragon, escapes from a bad life and goes on an adventure that includes a friend in the form of a rat. Along the way she meets those she thought were friends, good and bad. All while, protecting a dragon stone, with a purpose she isn't sure of and must get to the ocean as soon as possible. A really good read. Didn't know there was more in the series. Might read the other books. Though its been a while since I last read this one.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

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    Good book

    Good book

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

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    wonderful dragon book featuring a strong female lead

    In Ancient China, a young slave girl suffers the abuse of her cruel master, making do with what she can scavange, her life looks rather bleak until the last remaining Imperial dragon makes an escape, taking her with him. Finding herself on a journey she never imagined and finally with a name to call her own, Ping agrees to help Danzi reach Ocean with his precious dragon stone. Faced with foes and falsely feared as a sorceress, Ping must use her creativity and cunningness to save them from enemies. Along the way, she not only learns from the ancient dragon, but finds herself and her own power as she learns that she is truly the last Dragon Keeper.

    Carole Wilkinson's Dragon Keeper is a hit with the young dragon loving audiences, but more importantly it showcases a strong female lead, something often not seen in popular children's books and rarely in such a traditional male role, as the book discusses. I enjoyed reading the book with my children almost as much as they enjoyed listening. Many discussions ensued regarding Ancient China, Chinese culture, and the role of girls.

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  • Posted November 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This story is based in ancient China, during the Han Dynasty. A slave girl named Ping saves the life of an aging dragon and escapes her master that she abhors. chased by a ruthless dragon hunter, the girl and the dragon make an epic journey across China carrying a mysterious stone that must be protected. This is the story of a young slave girl who believes she is not worthy of a name but finds internally the strength and courage to make this journey. This outstanding book was written by award-winning author Carole Wilkinson. All the detail that is used in this book paints vivid pictures in your head of the scenery and characters. The Dragon Keeper has won these awards: 2004 Children¿s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, 2004 Queensland Premier¿s Literary Award, 2003 Aurealis Award, and Shortlisted 2004 NSW Premier¿s Literary Award. The Dragon Keeper has two sequels, Garden of the Purple Dragon and Dragon Moon, which I will be reading in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

    MUST READ

    this book is a must read one of a kind adventure. It is about a girl Named Ping Her Dragon,Danzi And her mouse Hua They Want to Get To the ocean For its magical Powers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2010

    Dragon Keeper

    The novel Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson, takes place in the Han Dynasty, China. The girl is still a slave for Master Lan who "appears" to be the imperial dragon keeper. She cleans for him cooks his meals and her only friend is a rat by the name of Hua. The girl also has to feed the dragons that Master Lan has to take care of but he says he's "too old." When the girl goes to feed the dragons she finds one howling as if in despair. As she gets closer she finds the other dragon dead. Master Lan is furious. The girl and Master Lan transform the dragon into dragon pickle. When he sends her to get wine the next day they don't have any. He tells her she must steal from the imperial palace. There she gets caught and admits to the dragon pickle but the emperor doesn't know about it. As a result the emperor dies and the girl escapes with the dragon whose name is Danzi. When their at a pond the dragon looks at the necklace on the girls neck and says "ping" the girl finally gets her name. When they encounter the new emperor he appoints ping the imperial dragon keeper. Danzi gets infuriated by this and asks Wang Cao to accompany him and his journey to the ocean with his dragon stone. When the emperor goes to Tai Shan to bless his rule ping comes with him. When their halfway to heaven only the emperor can carry on. Ping sees danzi and Wang cao. Then she sees a glint of something then Wang fall to the ground. you'll have to read it to find out what happens.
    I for one did not enjoy this novel. There are many negatives but there are a few positives to this novel. For one, you could get through it. The book was okay enough that you could get through it and not be like "I hated this novel". Another positive is that the setting is nice with the Han Dynasty. Also, you could say that the action was okay but not that good.
    The negatives for this novel are tremendously high. For one, there's not much action. There's not much action because the books not interesting. The book isn't very interesting because it's about a girl who runs away with a dragon and travels to the ocean. I also don't like the characters. Ping comes across to me as a girl who can't do anything for herself. Danzi comes across as someone who spoils ping. Wang cao comes across as someone who is untrustworthy. The writing style of the author is third person so the author is narrating. Also the writing wasn't very good. I did not understand the novel at all. It's fast-paced and quite hard to follow. The author speaks in both slang and dialect. One example of the slang is when ping keeps saying "when we get to ocean" instead of saying when we get to the ocean.
    I would not recommend this novel at all. This book has hardly any action. It's also so not interesting. The characters come across as horrible and the wring is not clear. This novel is hardly interesting and contains limited characters and all with horrible personalities. Similar books to this novel are: Dragons Fire, Dragons Blood, and Dragon Moon. I would recommend these novels that I have previously and enjoyed immensely,The Harry Potter Series, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and Johnny Tremain.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    Dragon Keeper

    Give a Boy a Gun<BR/>Todd Strasser <BR/>Simon Pulse<BR/>Realistic fiction <BR/><BR/> Imagine being picked on every day by the same people, all throughout middle school and high school. Well that is what happens to two dynamic protagonists, Gary Searle and Brendan Harris, in the book Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser. 7th grade sounds pretty fun if you're on the right end of the ¿popular stick¿. Gary and Brendan are two best friends who get picked on by bullies. This includes getting beat up, being called names, getting swirleys. Where they get their heads dunked in the toilet. This goes on throughout middle school and the beginning of high school. Then guns get involved. Will Gary and Brendan's high school life get better or end in a tragic disaster? <BR/><BR/> There are many protagonists as well as antagonists in Give a Boy a Gun. Dynamic antagonists like Gary and Brendan are the main characters and they change a lot in the story. There are also static antagonists like Dustin, Ryan, Mrs. Bender, Allison, Jack, and Emily. Static antagonists like the football team including Paul Burns and Sam Flach who have made Gary and Brendan's life miserable since 7th grade.<BR/><BR/> Give a Boy a Gun is a great story that will keep you hooked from page 1. It is filled with events that can really happen in a middle/high school enviroment. Todd Strasser did a great job with this book. This book is an easy read but this book may change your life. It may change your way of thinking. It is loaded with real life data and events. Even though Give a Boy a Gun is realistic fiction it will make you take it in like it was a real news artical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2008

    Dragon Keeper Review

    Dragon Keeper is about a dragon and a run away servant in China. The servant is running away from a dragon hunter hunting the dragon that is with the servant. The two must reach the ocean so that the old dragon can replenish his powers and health before he is slain by the greedy dragon hunter. Although this story is fictional, it pulls you right into it making you think you're really there with the two travelers. If you like Eragon and Eldest you will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2007

    Great read,

    I have always had trouble getting my son to read.Picked up this book for my son's AR requirements for school hoping I would not have to pull his teeth to read this book.He really connected with the book and looks forward to reading the other books by this writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    One Fantastic Book!

    I just finished a fantastic book! It is called Dragon Keeper. The book is about a girl that is a hard-working slave in the town of Haungling. The young girl has a chore where she has to feed the dragons in the den. Later on in the book, the girl's owner has her go to the Haungling's mountain where the King's machine is. The problem is, she isn't supposed to be there. Later in the book, the dragon takes her on a ride 'I should say, they run away together'. On the trip she learns that she is the only one that can talk to the dragon. She also learns what her true name is which you will have to find out on your own. She also gives the dragon a name. Later on in the book, the dragon tells her many secret truths such as 'the ocean water is magic'. I really enjoyed this book and so will you. I would also recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    Dragon Keeper 1

    It didn't tell me what the book was about from the back or inside on the left but then as I started to read it I slowly started to figure out what this book was all about. Slave girl no name later found name saves a dragon, escapes suffering life and goes on an adventure with her dear rat friend thus meeting friends and some who she thought were her friends all the while protecting a dragon stone with an unknown purpose including having to get to the Ocean all at the same time. What I liked about this was how the author adds in Chinese folklore and the dragon Danzi's wisdom that helps out the confused former slave Ping on her adventurious journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    Awesome Book!

    This book is great for boys and girls, because it has many different intrest types and isn't really centered on either gender. It's also really, really intresting. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    Great Book....Only One Dissapointment

    Ok, personally I believe this book should get much more credit than it has now. I thought that this was a wonderful example of,what I call, A Plot But Not Really A Huge One But Still Really Good, haha.......joke......yah I was kidding. The only problem I had was that it was too short!!! I am hoping that there will be a second to follow and I thought that the dragon was portrayed beautifully here. I really enjoyed this book, though a rather slow start.. still very good. This should be an up and coming book.........if only it were longer...(hehe)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2006

    FANTASTIC

    This books is FANTASTIC! It was well written and very good if you into fantasy books. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2006

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOW!!!!! What a great book!!!!!!!!! I started reading on a plane to Hawaii, and it was so hard to stop!!!! I loved this book so, so, so, so, so much!!!!! This is a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    more like 100 stars!!! This book is GREAT!!!

    This book mostly takes place in I guess China, b/c there is names like that in here. THis book is REALLY awesome and if you're looking for an easily read book, this is it!! (the page just seem to 'fly' past!!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2005

    Hope there is a Book 2

    This book is a must for people who are interested in dragons and mythology! The author's writing was so detailed that you are able to picture the scenes so good that it seemed as if you were watching a movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    FANTASTIC!

    I love this book! The characters, the plot, everything is wondeful! But I knew what the dragon stone was from the moment Ping first saw it. Was it just me or was it kinda obvious?

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