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The white giraffe

The white giraffe

St. John, Lauren, 1966-

An orphaned girl befriends a young giraffe who is threatened by poachers, and so begin their extraordinary adventures

Paperback, Book. English. Children's stories.
Published London: Orion Children's, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Lauren St. John ; illustrated by David Dean
ISBN: 1842555634, 9781842555637
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Note: Originally published: 2006.
Physical Description: 184 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Game reserves South Africa Juvenile fiction.; Human-animal relationships Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 6.2
Interest Level: MY
Points: 7
Quiz Number: 220324

Author note

Lauren St John is the author of several books on sports and music, as well as the award-winning children's quartet The White Giraffe and the BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD-winning Laura Marlin series. She has also written an adult novel, THE OBITUARY WRITER, published in 2013.

Visit Lauren's website at and follow her on Twitter @laurenstjohn


'St John's descriptions of southern Africa provide a sumptuous backdrop.... top-drawer adventure storytelling, with an added helping of fantasy thrown in. It all makes for a genuinely gripping tale that will warm even the coldest of hearts.'
WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY||'enthralling... we may not all have a white giraffe to make life easier, but his book remainds us that even the most miserable situation can get better.'

Back cover copy

Martine is eleven when she goes to live on a game reserve in Africa, a place where mysteries and secrets abound, where the intoxicating magic of the country casts all sorts of spells.

One lonely night, she looks out of her window and sees a young giraffe, silver tinged with cinnamon in the moonlight.

'For a split second their eyes locked, the small sad girl and the slender young giraffe, then the sky went dark. Martine pressed her face to the window, desperate to see the white giraffe again.'

In that instant Martine knows that she is prepared to risk everything for it. The giraffe looks at her as if it is waiting ...

'a spellbinding and mesmerizing debut novel'

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