The White Giraffe

The White Giraffe

Book - 2007
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The first of Lauren St John's heartwarming White Giraffe series, featuring the adventures of a young orphan girl and a magical white giraffe in exotic Africa.

When she is eleven years old, Martine is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. Her grandmother seems strangely unwelcoming and Martine has a difficult time settling in at her new school, where she is conspicuously an outsider. But she has an ally in Tendai - one of the keepers on the reserve, from whom she learns the lore and survival techniques of the bush, and in Grace - who instantly senses there is something special about Martine.

There are secrets about Sawubona (the reserve) just waiting to be revealed, and rumours too about a fabled white giraffe - a trophy for hunters everywhere. One night Martine, lonely and feeling slightly rebellious too, looks out of her window and see a young albino giraffe - silver, tinged with cinnamon in the moonlight. This is the beginning of her mysterious and magical adventures - her discovery of her gift of healing and a secret valley that she travels to with the giraffe, where she'll find clues about her past and future.

Above all it's is a heart-warming story, full of charm and atmosphere, and Martine's sheer delight in her giraffe friend and the fantastic landscape which is theirs to explore.

Publisher: London : Orion, 2007, c2006
ISBN: 9781842555637
Branch Call Number: STJ
Characteristics: 184 p


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South Africa. After her parents die, Marine must go to South Africa to live on a wildlife game preserve with the grandmother she didn't know she had. Martine hears stories about a white giraffe living in the preserve, but her grandmother and others working at Sawubona insist that the giraffe is j... Read More »

When Martine discovers a rare white giraffe on her grandmother's game preserve in South Africa, she forms a close bond with him as she tries to protect him from local poachers.

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May 22, 2013

One of the best books i have ever read.
For anyone who loves animals or Africa.
Lovely description and plot.
Especially love the ending-lives up to expectation!
Would urge anyone to read it!

Mar 19, 2012

I love this book :) Even though it's a kid's book, I loved the magical mystery in the story line :) The other 3 books in the series are really good too!

Mar 03, 2012

Ah WOW. That's...


I found this book quite a fun read. It's a good mixture of what I love in a book!

Jul 22, 2011

This book is great. It has lots of action and magic and mystery. I hope you'll read it! :D

May 06, 2011

i love this book so much im reading the entire series it so exicting and fun to read i think anone should read this!!!!!!!! the beginning is a little slow but still a great book!!!!!!

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