In the time of the Han Dynasty in ancient China, a young orphan struggles to fulfill her destiny. Ping has survived her days as a slave at Huangling Palace, but new challenges await her in the desolate mountains of Tai Shan. The aged dragon Danzi is gone, and now it is up to Ping to take care of the baby dragon, Kai. She does her best, but food is scarce, and she must be constantly on the lookout for her enemies. Things seem to get better when fate leads her back to the Imperial Palace, to the Garden of the Purple Dragon. Yet even within these hallowed walls, Ping and Kai are not as safe as they believe.
This story of adventure, action, friendship, and loyalty will have readers cheering for Ping and the young dragon as they embark on their journey of faith and courage.
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.
The plot is thoughtful and intricate, the characters skillfully drawn, and the prose as strong and sinuous as a dragon's tail. -- Leonie Jordan * Australian Bookseller+Publisher *
Wilkinson's world convinces with lots of careful calligraphic brush strokes: the feel of a padded vest, the height of a peasant's roof, the tricks of perspective (both literal and psychological) in the emperor's garden. -- Michelle Griffin * The Age *
This is a magnificently written and captivating story. -- Donna * YARA *
For Ages: 6 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st May 2012
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.34