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Dragon Keeper : Dragonkeeper Series : Book 1 - Carole Wilkinson

Dragon Keeper

Dragonkeeper Series : Book 1

Paperback Published: 1st May 2012
ISBN: 9781742032450
Number Of Pages: 368
For Ages: 6 - 12 years old

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The first part of the internationally awardwinning Dragonkeeper series.

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.

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.

Industry Reviews

A story that informs as it delights and leaves the reader with a yearning to know more. -- Judges' Report * Childrens Book Council of Australia *
In Dragonkeeper, Carole Wilkinson transports the reader to a richly evoked ancient China during the Han Dynasty... in an absorbing, textured, adventure story. -- Australian Book Review * Australian Book Review *
A wonderfully fashioned tale of a young slave girl and an ageing dragon. An enchanting blend of fantasy and history. -- Pia Butcher * The Age *



Dragon Keeper Dragon keeper is a book published by Black Dog Books and written by Carole Wilkinson in 2003 set in Ancient China. The genre is Fantasy. This is the first story of a young slave girl who believes she is not worthy of a name but finds within herself the strength and courage to make this perilous journey — and do what must be done. Ancient China, Han Dynasty. A slave girl saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master. Pursued by a ruthless dragon hunter, the girl and the dragon make an epic journey across China carrying a mysterious stone that must be protected. I Honestly didn't like it because the style wasn't really my type personally I do like a lot of Fantasy books but this one was quite bad.



Entertaining, but I wouldn't recommend it for young children


I enjoyed this book and it was very well-written. The characters were fleshed out (albeit, they could have been a little more complex and I thought there were a few missed opportunities to further develop some of them). I was disappointed with the seemingly 'condoned' use of animal parts in the food (bear paw etc); some of these animals are under conservation protection around the world and some of us are trying very hard to fight poachers and exploiters - this culture is known for being barbaric and cruel in their procurement of such animals. I understand that this is part of the culture, it doesn't mean we need to 'celebrate' these points and teach our children that this is okay - it is not okay and it never will be. This was something I picked up throughout the book and it took-away from what could have been a brilliant book overall. Other than this aspect, it was an entertaining read and a page-turner. I would recommend this to an older audience who are more educated about culture and practices around the globe. Not suitable for children.

Victoria, Australia


Was great to revisit this years later


I first read this book in primary school when I was 10 years old. I am now 20 and I decided to buy the book to revisit it ten years later. I still love the story just as much as I did back then.

South Australia


Great engaging book:


It's a great book that engages me, and enough for me to borrow the sequals from the nearby library.

Australia, NSW, Sydney


Loved it


The book was amazing!! I loved it and im the highest reader in my school since year three lol

.........cant tell.......


Cant get any better.


Best series ever

Sydney, AU




I read this book the first time around 12 years ago and I still love it.



Bad Book


I read this in 3 days and i hated it i had to do it for a school assignment it is the worst i do not reccommend at all



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Dragon Keeper

3.8 9


ISBN: 9781742032450
ISBN-10: 1742032451
Series: Dragonkeeper
Audience: Children
For Ages: 6 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st May 2012
Publisher: Black Dog Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.34

Carole Wilkinson

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.

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