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This was actually a very good book. There is mystery and suspense and magic.

On Martine's 11th birthday there is a fire in her home that kills both of her parents. Martine gets sent to live with a grandmother (Gwynn Thomas) that she has never heard of on a game reserve in South Africa. When Martine arrives she is picked up by Tendai, one of the game reserve's employees, he takes her to visit his aunt Rose who tells her that she has a gift she must use wisely. Martine has no idea what she is talking about. When she gets to the reserve Martine and her grandmother have a hard time getting along. Her grandmother refuses to tell Martine why her mother never told her about the reserve or her grandparents. Martine hears rumours about a white giraffe and eventually she actually finds it and makes friends with it. There are poachers all over the game reserve trying to catch the giraffe and some of the other animals. Eventually the poachers succeed because she accidentally spills the beans in class about how to summon the giraffe (one of her class mates is the son of one of the poachers.) Martine also discovers that she can heal animals with her hands although she does occasionally need help from outside sources. With the help of Ben a unique class mate, she gets aboard the freighter the giraffe is on and rescues the giraffe and the poachers are caught. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This was actually a very good book. There is mystery and suspense and magic.

On Martine's 11th birthday there is a fire in her home that kills both of her parents. Martine gets sent to live with a grandmother (Gwynn Thomas) that she has never heard of on a game reserve in South Africa. When Martine arrives she is picked up by Tendai, one of the game reserve's employees, he takes her to visit his aunt Rose who tells her that she has a gift she must use wisely. Martine has no idea what she is talking about. When she gets to the reserve Martine and her grandmother have a hard time getting along. Her grandmother refuses to tell Martine why her mother never told her about the reserve or her grandparents. Martine hears rumours about a white giraffe and eventually she actually finds it and makes friends with it. There are poachers all over the game reserve trying to catch the giraffe and some of the other animals. Eventually the poachers succeed because she accidentally spills the beans in class about how to summon the giraffe (one of her class mates is the son of one of the poachers.) Martine also discovers that she can heal animals with her hands although she does occasionally need help from outside sources. With the help of Ben a unique class mate, she gets aboard the freighter the giraffe is on and rescues the giraffe and the poachers are caught. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This was actually a very good book. There is mystery and suspense and magic.

On Martine's 11th birthday there is a fire in her home that kills both of her parents. Martine gets sent to live with a grandmother (Gwynn Thomas) that she has never heard of on a game reserve in South Africa. When Martine arrives she is picked up by Tendai, one of the game reserve's employees, he takes her to visit his aunt Rose who tells her that she has a gift she must use wisely. Martine has no idea what she is talking about. When she gets to the reserve Martine and her grandmother have a hard time getting along. Her grandmother refuses to tell Martine why her mother never told her about the reserve or her grandparents. Martine hears rumours about a white giraffe and eventually she actually finds it and makes friends with it. There are poachers all over the game reserve trying to catch the giraffe and some of the other animals. Eventually the poachers succeed because she accidentally spills the beans in class about how to summon the giraffe (one of her class mates is the son of one of the poachers.) Martine also discovers that she can heal animals with her hands although she does occasionally need help from outside sources. With the help of Ben a unique class mate, she gets aboard the freighter the giraffe is on and rescues the giraffe and the poachers are caught. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This was a reread for me and a bedtime book I read to my daughters over the course of two weeks or so (some nights lend themselves to longer reading times). We three enjoyed the story, the mystery, of the white giraffe and the question of its existence. The tragedy that caused the granddaughter to go to South Africa to live with her grandmother may be hard for little ones to read/hear, but the eventual reconnection between grandmother and granddaughter was a satisfying conclusion along with the saving of the animals to be shipped! ( )
  olongbourn | Mar 1, 2015 |
This is an enchanting story set in Africa, on a game reserve. The sights and smells of the savannah come pouring from the pages. Martine is newly orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother - who doesn't seem to want her even though she sent for her. Martine's adventures in coming to terms with her new life are enhanced by her meeting the legendary white giraffe. But mysteries surround her. In a combination of fantasy and crime thriller, Lauren St John weaves a story that young readers, and those young at heart, will thoroughly enjoy. One gripe. I hate it when the book finishes a long way from the end of the pages... and then you find a chapter from the next book to pad it out. Just give me the story, please! ( )
  Jemima_Pett | Nov 11, 2014 |
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A thrilling adventure classic-inthe- making!

The night Martine Allen turns eleven years old is the night her life changes completely. Martine?s parents are killed in a fire, so she must leave her home to live on an African wildlife reserve with a grandmother she never even knew she had. When Martine arrives, she hears tales of a mythical animal living there?a white giraffe. They say no one has ever seen the animal, but it does leave behind footprints. Her grandmother insists that the white giraffe is just a legend, but then, one stormy night, Martine looks out her bedroom window straight into the eyes of the tall silvery animal. Could it be just Martine?s imagination, or is the white giraffe real? And if so, why is everyone keeping its existence a secret?

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After a fire kills her parents, eleven-year-old Martine must leave England to live with her grandmother on a wildlife game reserve in South Africa, where she befriends a mythical white giraffe.

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