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Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson

Dragon Keeper (2003)

by Carole Wilkinson

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Series: Dragonkeeper (1)

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I read this book years ago and loved it so much, even though I never got around to reading the rest of the series (one day). I couldn't remember the title for the longest time, and I think the idea of a "long-lost book" has upped my fantasy of how amazing it was. I have no problems with this. It deserves more recognition. ( )
  erinla | Oct 31, 2017 |
Full of wise sayings ( )
  Breony | Aug 29, 2017 |
This is such a beautifully written book with a wonderful blend of adventure and fantasy. Ping is a lovely protagonist and I just love old Danzi, the last Imperial dragon. A great read for young and old alike. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 22, 2016 |
I have no aversion to reading children's books, but this one was of the kind that is talking down to children instead of with or at them. A nice enough plot line and a bit of Chinese history, but little else. ( )
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
I've finished the first of 9 discs and I'm not sufficiently caught by the plot or the characters. I think this one will be returned unfinished. Too much better material out there. ( )
  2wonderY | Mar 17, 2015 |
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For John
Who first introduced me to dragons

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My resident editor and sounding board
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A bamboo bowl flew through the air, aimed at the slave girl's head.
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In the far western mountains of the Han Empire in ancient China, an aging dragon and a young slave girl are both used and neglected by the cruel Master Lan. Nameless and alone, the slave girl, is without hope, her only friend is her pet rat, Hua. After one of the Imperial Dragons suddenly dies the slave girl finds herself coming to the aid of the last dragon. The two escape,but when the emperor finds out that one of his dragons is dead, Master Lan blames it on her and she finds herself chased by the imperial guards who believe she is an evil sorceress, a necromancer and a dragon hunter who is determined to kill the dragon and take the dragon's stone. And the dragon, Long Danzi tells the slave girl her true name: Ping (meaning duckweed). Ping discovers her destiny as Dragon Keeper.
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Dragons fascinate children of all ages, and Carole Wilkinson’s inspired mix of myth and historical fact will leave young readers wistfully listening for wing beats. In the year 141 B.C., Ping is an illiterate Chinese orphan who lives on the edge of one of the Emperor’s least-used royal palaces. Her master is a boorish drunk who neglects his duties as Imperial Dragon Keeper. Under his watch, the Emperor’s dragons have dwindled from a magnificent dozen to a miserable two. When the next to last dies, the remaining dragon, Long Danzi, coaxes Ping into helping him flee to the faraway ocean. Early on in the journey, Ping knows the dragon and the mysterious purple stone he carries are very special. But how is it that a grubby slave girl has come to be the keeper of the last imperial dragon? Only when the friends reach their destination will Ping be able to see herself as Danzi sees her, and learn to use the unique talents she alone possesses.

Dragon Keeper is a humorous, wise quest tale with strong, identifiable characterizations. Ping grows from a frightened slave girl with no name into a strong, self-sufficient young woman who knows her purpose, and witty, warm Danzi will have every reader wishing for a scaly companion of his or her very own. Young dragon keepers in training will want to follow up this novel with the equally excellent The Hunting of the Last Dragon by Sherryl Jordan and The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean. (Ages 9-14) --Jennifer Hubert

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An orphan slave girl becomes a Dragon Keeper when she heroically comes to the aid of an aging dragon and both go on a dangerous journey across China to protect a mysterious stone vital to the dragon's legacy.

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