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Garden of the Purple Dragon by Carole Wilkinson
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Dec 03, 2007

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bookshelves: children-fantasy
Recommended for: grades 5-7
Read in October, 2007

Ping tries hiding in the mountains with her baby dragon Kai but they are soon discovered by the imperial guards. The new young emperor Liu Che has been searching for the baby dragon ever since the old one disappeared (whose name was Danzi), and now he has what he has been desiring. However, Ping has one thing in her favor—she and Liu Che have gotten along in the past, so he decides to be kind to her again and gives her the position of Imperial Dragon Keeper. With this position she is able to be with her precious little Kai and also live at the palace. It seems like the perfect solution…but is it really?

While living at the palace, Ping realizes that there are dark forces at work. Is Liu Che to be trusted, or is he under some sort of evil spell? And the necromancer she thought was safely in her past becomes a dangerous part of her present again. She and Kai are forced to abandon the palace in order to search for safety. As Kai grows older, the bond between them grows stronger. They need this bond as they fight for their lives.

Garden of the Purple Dragon is the sequel to Dragon Keeper but readers need not be familiar with the first book to understand this one. This is a fast, exciting read that is sure to hook dragon fans and non-dragon fans alike.

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