The first book in the internationally award-winning Dragonkeeper series, now in a stunning anniversary edition.

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. This is the 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. This beautiful book by award-winning author Carole Wilkinson will enchant every reader.


Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning and much loved author of books for children. She has a long-standing fascination with dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Though Carole has written over 30 books, she did not write her first book until she was nearly 40. Before that she had worked as a laboratory assistant and as a film and television writer and editor.


A story that informs as it delights and leaves the reader with a yearning to know more.

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

A wonderfully fashioned tale of a young slave girl and an ageing dragon. An enchanting blend of fantasy and history.

The Age


Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Novel
CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers
Queensland Premer’s Literary Awards, Children’s Book Award
Aurealis Awards, Best Children’s Long Fiction
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