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The next instalment in the best-selling and
award-winning Dragonkeeper series.
The year is 325. The powerful Han Dynasty is a
distant memory and tribes of barbarian soldiers
fight over what was once the Empire. It is a
dangerous time. Kai is 465 years old – a teenager
in dragon years. He is searching for the person
predestined to be his dragonkeeper. Kai’s search
has led him to a Buddhist novice named Tao. But
Tao is certain he is not the one; he has no interest
in caring for a difficult dragon. He believes his
path lies in another direction. But Tao must learn
to listen to the voice within himself and that no
journey ever reveals its true purpose until it is over.
About the Author
Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning author of books for children. She has a longstanding fascination with dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Carole is a meticulous researcher who finds it difficult to stop researching and begin writing. She once searched for weeks to find out whether there were daffodils in Han Dynasty China. Carole is married, has a daughter, and lives in inner-city Melbourne.
Wilkinson writes with elegant simplicity and her take acquires the force of fable. Its appeal is broad: complex enough for adults yet accessible to younger readers. * The Age * Wilkinson's simple style underpins a depth of characterisation, understanding and moral growth... Kai and the dragons remain awe-inspiring in their beauty, comforting in their wisdom and breath-taking in their ferocity. * Magpies *
ISBN: 9781742031897 ISBN-10: 1742031897 Series: Dragonkeeper Audience:
For Ages: 8+ years old For Grades: 4 - 6 Format:
Number Of Pages: 368 Published: 1st May 2012 Publisher: Walker Books Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.7
Weight (kg): 0.51
About the Author
I didn’t start writing until I was quite old — nearly 40. Before that, I worked as a laboratory assistant. My jobs involved working with a lot of blood and brains. You might think this sounds a bit gory, but I quite enjoyed working in a laboratory. The trouble was I always had this niggling feeling that it wasn’t what I was meant to be doing.
One day I realised what I’ve always wanted to be—a writer! I don’t know why it took me so long to work that out. When I was at school in the 1960s (a very long time ago) it didn’t sound like the sort of thing a girl from Port Adelaide could ever do, so I suppose I didn’t think of it back then. Once I’d decided to try and become a writer, I went to university. I wrote lots of things at university including my first novel. I didn’t think it was very good. I showed it to a friend who worked in publishing. I don’t think she thought it was very good either, but she must have seen some potential because she asked me if I could write a teenage novel. ‘Yes,’ I said, when actually I was thinking ‘Are you serious? Of course I can’t!’
I’d never thought about writing for young people. I tried to think of a story. My daughter was at high school, and something she was doing at the time gave me an idea. My friend liked my idea. So I went ahead and wrote the whole novel. That was my first published book. It was published in 1996 and was called Stagefright.
I sometimes wish I’d started writing when I was younger, but then I think things have worked out okay. I find that I have lots of ideas and so far I’ve never had ‘writers’ block’ (touch wood). I might have got a late start, but I’ve been trying to make up for lost time. I’ve written 30-odd books, some short stories, a telemovie and some TV and planetarium scripts.