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Dragon Keeper (Dragon Keeper #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  7,187 ratings  ·  474 reviews
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 sorc ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2004)
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Keeley
I read this book as a child and it moved me in a way that I'm unable to forget.

The book is stunningly written and refreshingly different. There are a few reasons why I admire Wilkinson so greatly:

Firstly, the setting of the novel is a challenge in itself. Not only is she setting her novel in China, but also in Ancient China. This would have meant months of research to adequately portray the world into which the reader is thrust.

Secondly, the young protagonist. A child protagonist is always chall
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Bonnie Gayle
The story centers on a girl in 141 BC who has grown up as a slave of the Chinese Emperor's Dragon Keeper. She has been a slave her whole life, and does not know what her name is, or who her parents are. The Dragon Keeper is mean and lazy, so she cares for the 2 dragons in his place, but she does not care much for them, since all they do is lay around. They do not interact with her, or even eat the food she gives them. One day, the female dragon dies, and she feels guilty about this and tries to ...more
Cassandra Lê
I am so tired of reading this.

I has no idea why but this book doesn't make me feel that it was set originally in China.

It was just plain boring. The dragon is too weak, it's just like people touch iron on it and it weaken. The girl is okay, but nothing much was indicates through her characters. It was not satisfying as I thought. I do like Chinese history, but this book fails me.
Kat Heckenbach
I'm writing this on behalf of my 11 yr old son. He adores this series. He is normally one who reads only for information. A three inch thick reference book about sea animals will occupy him for hours, but a novel will get scrutiny and a turned up nose. "Too thick, chapters are too long, words (font) are too tiny..." But I told him he needed to pick SOMETHING fiction and TRY to read it. And no, not Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

He actually ended up choosing the second book in the series (Garden of the Pur
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Lina
Akhirnya selesai juga. Awalnya sih rada boring, tapi begitu mulai petualangan Ping dan si naga, cerita mulai mengalir, tema cerita mirip-mirip sama Drachenreiter, dimana naga akan mencari tempat demi kehidupan yang lebih baik. Tapi beda sama Drachenreiter yang cenderung lebih ramai, Dragon Keeper lebih sepi, tokoh utama hanya Ping si gadis budak, lalu Danzi si naga tua dan Hua si tikus yang selalu bersembunyi di baju Ping.

Yang menarik dari Dragon Keeper ini adalah setiap ada konflik atau masala
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John Nebauer
In western literature, dragons are objects of terror that hoard treasure and breathe fire. There are exceptions, like the dragons in Ursula le Gun’s Earthsea series, and any Dungeons and Dragons player will know that there are dragons benign, and not all breathe fire. But the red fire-breather la Smaug think is usually our first picture.

So when I spotted a copy of Australian author Carole Wilkinson’s Dragonkeeper at the Goodwood library I made sure that it came home to visit. China also has a r
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Mirrani
Reading Dragon Keeper, I was automatically caught up in the spirit of the time period it is set in. But it wasn’t just the Chinese culture that struck me as true and genuine, it was also the Dragon culture, which was well thought out and wonderfully blended into the story. While reading I realized just how connected the Chinese culture was with the Dragons. It is almost a case of the chicken and the egg; did the use of gongs and chimes attract dragons to the humans or did the humans seek a way t ...more
Gil Rowen
DRAGON KEEPER/by Carole Wilkinson
This book is about a dragon who has a connection with a girl. The girl is a slave to this horrible man named Master Lan. Master Lan is an imperial dragon keeper who needs to take care of the dragon but tells his slave to do the job. The dragon and the slave run away and have a lot of adventures together.
I chose to read this book because it had a really good name (Dragon Keeper).
This book has a lot of action, fighting and the end is very exciting. This book can be
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Weller C.
Intrests leverl/Grade: Midddle School.
Lexile: 680.
Aventure/Historical fiction.
Main Characters: Long Danzi, Ping, Wang Cao, Diao, and Lei Chu.
Setting(s): China, Han Dynasty. Ralace. Ocean. Countryside.
POV: 3rd person pov

A young slave girl cares for all of the animals in the area. The cows, the goats, the chickens, and even the sheep. But whats in store for her when she goes to feed the others... They have sharp teeth and shining scales, and a taste for meat. They are the imperial dragons of Haung
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Ezamoosh
This is a really nice book - in the beginning.

The idea of everything is amazingly old, and yet so fresh. The way the author portrays things isn't so special, and yet you really do end up feeling connected to the characters - sometimes.

I guessed a lot of the plots pretty much before they'd started. I guess after a month or so of reading the pretty much unpredictable (for me, anyways) HP series I am ready for a lot of things. I guessed that (view spoiler)
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Jana
Nov 05, 2012 Jana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to try something fresh and everyone who loves a heart-warming tale.
Recommended to Jana by: It's cover.
This book was the first one that I had read of it's kind: I was on holiday one year and happened across a bookshop. I must have only been around nine but I was an advanced reader and it captured my interest (although this is by no means a incomprehensible book). I had not read a book about dragons before, let alone one about ancient China and it's new ideas and storyline was one of the best and most heart-warming ones I've ever read. I quickly acquired the rest of the trilogy and devoured each o ...more
Miyuki Gardner
A young servant girl named Ping felt like she had no future or purpose in life, so she worked as a servant.Ping knew the last dragon was going to be killed but some how, she felt as if she had a reason to protect this dragon and its precious purple stone.Ping helps this dragon to escape and they go on to a adventure to some type off dragon island.

I didn't truly like how Ping and her dragon got to find his confidence towards Ping later on in this book, but I did like it when they really just work
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Clare Cannon
An easy to read fantasy adventure set in Ancient China. Though more descriptive than most middle grade novels, the story is engrossing and especially enjoyable for animal lovers (at least those tolerant of fantasy animals such as dragons).

The unassuming heroine discovers talents and abilities she didn’t know she had, realising that they can help her to fulfil her calling to be a dragon keeper. The dragon mentors her as she faces wizards and rulers who are determined to hunt both her and the drag
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Hannah :)
ahhh one of my all time favourite childhood novels. Whenever I re-read it I feel like the same 11 year old reading it for the first time. I actually rediscovered it at my local library today and little bounced up and done like an excited child and borrowed it for my holiday reading pile, despite the fact I've read it at least 5 times. No matter how many times I read it I still fall in love with the story and its characters. Such a compelling story about a servant girl escaping her master with a ...more
Callum
I enjoyed the book Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson, because of many things as well as its roller-coaster of a plot. The story takes place during Imperial China, across the empire as a slave travels with a dragon to the ocean.

The book starts out at the Haungling Mountain at the slave's masters home, Master Lan: The Imperial Dragon Keeper. The slave and her pet rat, Hua choose that they would rather eat than feed the imperial Dragons.
Later the next morning one of the dragons die. The slave conti
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Aelvana
A nameless slave girl (later named Ping) cares for the dragons under her master's keeping. When the Emperor comes and condemns the last dragon to a certain death, the dragon and the girl escape on a journey to the far off land of Ocean. But the dragon hunter they escaped dogs their trail, compounding the difficulties of escape.

This is a journey across China the way it should be told: no coddling the American readers who hadn't got the least idea what half of the stuff is. Everything is presented
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Laura
At first glance, Dragon Keeper appears to be little more than a standard children's fantasy novel. It's about a poor girl living on the outskirts of a great empire who befriends the world's last surviving dragon and goes on an epic journey. She must escape foes, learn to control her burgeoning magical powers, and protect the dragon's treasured “stone” at all times. Sounds pretty familiar, right? But Dragon Keeper has one, extremely crucial, point of difference. It's set in Imperial China.

Everyt
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Mnemofysh
Let me just start this off with: THIS BOOK IS CRAP.
Well, it's actually not that crap. But it doesn't deserve anything more than a one star.
To start off with, it's good. There's the whole idea of the poor servant girl, the dead dragon, and yadda yadda yadda.
Then there is the Ocean. Seriously, how can Carole Wilkinson just write a book that big about a stone, and a quest to the ocean? Why can't Ping (or whatever her name is) just hop onto the dragon's back and fly off? Wouldn't that be simpler? I
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Pentapetals
Ping yang selama ini hidup sebagai budak dan tidak tahu apa-apa mengenai dunia tiba-tiba saja harus menempuh perjalanan panjang bersama seekor naga kerjaan terakhir untuk melindungi Batu Naga dari pemburu naga.

Biarpun saya suka premisnya--naga, Dinasti Cina kuno, kekuatan magis--entah kenapa sepertiga awal dari buku ini terasa... sepi. mungkin juga karena saya membaca versi terjemahan dan saya selalu merasa terkadang terjemahan ke dalam bahasa Indonesia membuat cerita menjadi sedikit awkward.

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Olivia
The Dragon keeper is an exceptionally good book, which I first read (with my mum) when I was 8 or 9. Since then I have constantly been coming back to it, when I need something to read, but also because it is terrific. One of the awesome things about it was finding out that an Australian author had written it. For a young Australian girl myself, it was a huge thing. I can honestly say that Carole Wilkinson is one of my role models, who I've had the pleasure of meeting.

Back to the story though. I
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Dan Calma
This book is about a slave named Ping, who goes on this epic journey with a imperial dragon, Long Danzi, looking to get to the ocean with a precious "dragon stone". On the way Ping befriends a young emperor then be foes the emperor. It is based in about 500 A.D. China.
This book gives pretty good imagery and the story line is just as good. I would recomend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense, action, and adventure.
Becca
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Cgmower
I picked this up to introduce to introduce a different type of story to my 8 year old daughter. It was an ok read for me. The writing was mediocre. As I was reading it I felt that the author was trying to get all the way through the story and events with out really developing any of the characters or descriptions that would have really made this a fun story.
Ben Brandt
I really liked this book because it was on Ancient China and it was fantastic. It was about a Girl called Ping and a dragon called Danzi, the dragon lived in a mountain and Ping was a Slave and then they went on a adventure to find the ocean because it was magical and full of poignant moments. I recommend this to primary to secondary kids.
Dessy
Salah satu ciri-ciri buku yang asyik menurutku adalah buku yang disaat membacanya, aku tak perlu menghiraukan jumlah halaman, buku yang bisa membuatku "tiba-tiba" berada di halaman sekian… dan wow….
Yup, dalam novel fantasi karya Carole Wilkinson ini, aku hanyut bersama Ping, si budak miskin yang bahkan tidak tahu siapa namanya... kerennn

Aaron Jun29094
I would say that this book was decent. Although I enjoyed the story and how it took place in ancient China, there were some things I didn't like about this book. First of all, there were too many unnecessary details in this book which took about a good third of the book. Also, the antagonists (I will leave the readers to find that out) only come out rarely and one of them is only mentioned once. The story started to decline with interest and started to bore me. However, I find the journey intrig ...more
Andrea
Apr 21, 2008 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Robyn Braegger, staceyfamily03, Diana Stacey, Tristan Stacey
I loved this book. It took a slave girl and made her into a heroine. Even if she is still very timid. I love that she would speak her mind when needed though. I cant wait to read the next one.
Abby
I enjoyed reading this book because I have always liked novels with dragons and magic in them, such as the Harry Potter series, the Nicholas Flamel books, The Inheritance Cycle, and many others. I just saw that there were more of these books when I was adding this one to my read books so I can't wait to read them. This book diverges from the others that I have read because of the ending that was very different than what I was expecting, as well as that the main character was a girl around my age ...more
Juan Cabrera
The book I chose to read was Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson, and it really attracted my attention. I don't want to spoil the book but it was very creative for Carole to make a story about a slave girl from China who would rescue a dragon and had to protect a mysterious stone while on a journey across China. I felt like as if I was watching an anime because there was character development within the slave girl. This is a big deal for me because it is was makes the story go from okay to amazing ...more
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Carole was born in England in 1950. Her family moved to Australia when she was 12. She now lives in Melbourne, with her husband John.
Carole didn't start writing until she was nearly 40. Before that, she worked as a laboratory assistant, working with a lot of blood and brains. Once she’d decided to try and become a writer, she went to university. She wrote a lot while she was there including her f
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