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May 01, 2008
| ISBN 9780142411520
| 7-10 years
May 01, 2008
| ISBN 9781440638640
| 7-10 years
May 22, 2007
| 287 Minutes
| Middle Grade (10 and up)
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May 01, 2008 | ISBN 9780142411520 | 7-10 years
May 01, 2008 | ISBN 9781440638640 | 7-10 years
May 22, 2007 | ISBN 9780739355855 | Middle Grade (10 and up)
The first exciting book in the dramatic Legend of the Animal Healer series!A thrilling adventure classic-in-the-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?
When Martines home in England burns down, killing her parents, she must go to South Africa to live on a wildlife game preserve, called Sawubona, with the grandmother she didnt know she had. Almost as soon as she arrives, Martine hears stories about a white giraffe living in the preserve. But her grandmother and others working at Sawubona insist that the giraffe is just a myth. Martine is not so sure, until one stormy night when she looks out her window and locks eyes with Jemmy, a young silvery-white giraffe. Why is everyone keeping Jemmys existence a secret? Does it have anything to do with the rash of poaching going on at Sawubona? Martine needs all of the courage and smarts she has, not to mention a little African magic, to find out.
First-time childrens author Lauren St. John brings us deep into the African world, where myths become reality and a young girl with a healing gift has the power to save her home and her one true friend.
Martine’s parents are killed in a fire, and she must leave her home in England to live on a wildlife reserve in Africa with a grandmother she never even knew she had. As soon as Martine arrives at the reserve, she hears whisperings of a mythical animal living there–a white giraffe. No one has ever seen the animal, but it leaves footprints behind. 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 and silvery animal. The white giraffe is real! But why is everyone keeping the giraffe’s existence a secret? To find out, Martine will use all of her courage and smarts, and an emerging gift for healing, in a daring adventure to save her new friend.
Lauren St. John lives in London, England. A well-respected biographer and sports journalist, she grew up on a farm that was part game reserve in Zimbabwe, Africa, where she had a pet giraffe and dogs, horses, and warthogs. This setting… More about Lauren St. John
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