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Dragon Keeper

(Dragon Keeper #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  10,297 ratings  ·  665 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 ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Disney-Hyperion (first published 2003)
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Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ladies and gentlemen you know; I have lot of overdue review. So I've been thinking that writing. Some would be highly controversial, so I've opted to choose the easiest review momentarily.
This book buys it from starting at a comic book shop that much, go is mostly my sister:-). Three-fourths of the novel I liked much, but it has disappointed me the end.
This is the novel of a slave girl, who has no name, and that should take care of animals, his master Lan, which is a vague, and a tyrant does not
Kat Heckenbach
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is actually amazing and I've read this so many times! I love the way she writes and the plot is so good!
John Nebauer
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Stef Rozitis
Here are the reason's I loved this book

1. It is about a powerless, nameless person trapped in a completely abject lifestyle as an ignorant, young, female slave. Even in this awful part of her life where she has largely internalised her abjection, the protagonist (so far nameless) is shown to have agency and both the capability and will to be more than she is force to be. But for the time being she accepts all she knows. As the book unfolds, characters largely bully, berate, hunt or betray her
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
1001 Children’s Book You Must Read

Ping accompanies the dragon to Ocean, carrying the precious dragonstone, and having many adventures along the way. The dragon is wise and speaks mystically; Ping is just learning about her own abilities in life. Dragonkeeper is a fun series for anyone who loves stories of danger and intrigue.
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Miyuki Gardner
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
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
Clare Cannon
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Meika Kovac
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dragon Keeper is a wonderful story that speaks of the bond between a young girl and a dragon, and the quest that they embark on. Set in Ancient China, the girl has only ever thought of herself as being worthless because of her slave background. Dragon Keeper is a story in which she takes part on a journey where she proves her worth and strength to many people including herself.
Although the book got off to a slow start, the plot gradually began to develop. The girl and the dragon take on many
Sarah Lee
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My daughter was gifted this for her 8th Birthday and I’ve been reading it out loud to her. She read the last 3 chapters all by herself and loved the story so much that we’ve ordered the second in the series! Wonderful story with so many twists, turns and drama. A great paced story from beginning to end!
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall, an ok dragon story. It wasn't a favorite of mine but also not bad. Middle of the ground read.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revisiting an old favourite. This shit never gets old. Long Danzi is such a meme ngl.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: very-much-yes
I borrowed this from a friend a long time ago. True to form, I remembered the cover, but not the story. Honestly, it stood out to me this time more than it did when I was a kid. I love Ping and the dragon's journey together, and something about Ping's matter-of-fact perspective is endearing.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
Had to write this review for school, thought I might as well share it.

Dragonkeeper – a Moral Story
The historical fantasy novel, Dragonkeeper, by Carole Wilkinson, uncovers an empowering journey, layered and unique characters, and the transportation to another world filled with dragons and magic. I’ve recently finished this remarkable, heart-warming, captivating book, this novel is a definite must read. It is a story of a tremendous bond of friendship between a girl and a dragon, on a thrilling
It's ok. I wouldn't say it was good but I didn't hate it, and it's a nice quick read. I think the main problem is the writing is quite dry. I didn't get a feeling for the characters or their environment.

I kinda liked the dragon but he spent most of his time unhappy, and I can't understand why he didn't explain to Ping what the dragon stone actually was.

There's a lot about how Ping has to fend for herself and solve problems with the things she has available to her. It was nice to see, and it
Jan 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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)
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my third time reading this book out loud to my kiddo. The previous two times were in 2016.
Two years later, I'm even more impressed by the the Dragon Keeper series. Wilkinson has done a masterful job of telling an engrossing story with deeply realistic characters and situations.

This is a story of pain and struggle, but there's also a lot of love and faithful friendship. It's not for the faint of heart with quite a bit of violence and death (I was surprised my daughter was okay with it at
Gil Rowen
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Weller C.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
I've read this book more times over than any other book I've ever read. I've literally read it 16 times over the course of the past eight years. It's that good.

In short, this is a coming of age story with a dash of self-discovery, rife with beautiful descriptions and captivating storylines. The characters interact believably and are relatable in surprising ways. Even after reading it over and over, this is a book that tugs on my heartstrings and can still move me to tears in the end. I love this
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Dan Calma
Jan 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the very first novels I read. It's about a girl in China in ancient times and she travels around with a dragon. I love this book. I can't remember how many times I have read this again and again.
The book is so old yet so refreshing. This fantasy novel is one of the best. Opening this book feels like I'm opening a lock with a key to a winning lottery. The plot is very interesting and the book is well written.
Georgia McKeon
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m currently reading this book and I really enjoy reading it. It’s a mystery and adventurous while it’s also educational. It is one of those books that you can’t put down. The story is about a girl with no identity who was sold to Master Lan for a better life but it starts off terrible being a slave, until one day she met a Dragon Danzi then her life completely changed forever as they go on the adventure of a lifetime.
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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

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