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The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
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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 |
The White Giraffe is about a girl who lives in London, England and her parents die in a house fire. So Martine is sent to South Africa to live with her grandmother, who she has never met. Her grandmother is very strict at first and Martine thinks her grandmother doesn't want her because her grandmother sent a letter to Martine and told her she would take her but not in a willing way. Tendia picks Martine up at the airport in South Africa and tells her about the legend of the white giraffe. One night during a storm, Martine saw the white giraffe as the sky was lighted by lighting. Martine found out that the white giraffe's name was Jemmy. Martine and Jemmy become very good friends.

I recommend this book because it is very interesting and heart warming and dramatic. I like the book because I love books about people and their relationship with animals. One part I did not like was when the white giraffe gets beaten in the story. ( )
  FuZiYun | Nov 11, 2013 |
A girl whose parents are killed in a house fire must move to South Africa where her only remaining relative, her grandmother, lives. Martine has never met her grandmother. She does not even know if her grandfather is still alive. The stuff that this girl doesn't know is just plain puzzling, for instance, if her mother ever lived in South Africa with her grandmother. Or what her grandmother did for a living. It strains credulity. When the girls goes to school at first she is a member of the hot circle, then tags up with the outsider boy. She is able to go out at night without being detected.

There are many loose ends in the plotting, holes in the characterization, and uneven or odd descriptions. The adventure of finding wild animals in the dark in a wildlife refuge is very appealing however, and the girl shows care and concern that poachers and other evildoers are not allowed to run rampant in her little piece of paradise.

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  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
On the night of her 11th birthday, Martine's life changes -- her parents are killed in a fire and she is sent to South Africa to a grandmother she has never heard of -- and who doesn't seem to like her. Life on a nature reserve is fascinating, especially as Martine becomes involved -- and friends with -- a white giraffe that has been predicted but never seen. Martine helps her giraffe escape poachers -- barely. ( )
  katie | Apr 7, 2013 |
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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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