THE WHITE GIRAFFE by Lauren St John

THE WHITE GIRAFFE

Age Range: 9 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

St. John’s adventure-fantasy set in South Africa has all the elements—albino giraffe, dead parents, lonely girl with the gift of an ancient power over animals, aloof grandmother, suspicious game warden, cultural mystery, poachers—to make a hit film. When her parents are killed in a fire, 11-year-old Martine is sent from England to live with the grandmother she never knew on a game reserve outside of Cape Town. Only the animals make Martine’s life bearable. Unexpected events quickly ensue as Martine rescues the mythical white giraffe from wildlife thieves by riding him to the Secret Valley where she discovers her destiny on a cave wall. Rich in South African details and imagery, unfamiliar terms rely on context and add exotic flavor. Despite the plot contrivances, the wild-animal appeal and the excitement of the chase plus Martine’s gift of healing power over animals, make a lively action story ripe for the big screen. (Fiction. 9-13)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3211-7
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2007




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