When she is eleven years old, Martine is orphaned and sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. Her grandmother seems strangely unwelcoming and Martine has a difficult time settling in at her new school, where she is conspicuously an outsider. But she has an ally in Tendai - one of the keepers on the reserve, from whom she learns the lore and survival techniques of the bush, and in Grace - who instantly senses there is something special about Martine. There are secrets about Sawubona (the reserve) just waiting to be revealed, and rumours too about a fabled white giraffe - a trophy for hunters everywhere. One night Martine, lonely and feeling slightly rebellious too, looks out of her window and see a young albino giraffe - silver, tinged with cinnamon in the moonlight. This is the beginning of her mysterious and magical adventures - her discovery of her gift of healing and a secret valley that she travels to with the giraffe, where she'll find clues about her past and future. Above all it's is a heart-warming story, full of charm and atmosphere, and Martine's sheer delight in her giraffe friend and the fantastic landscape which is theirs to explore.
There are four books in this lovely series. Lauren St. John has written many other books that will probably appear on here soon.
"The White Giraffe was a very interesting book. This book starts in a very weird and mysterious way, if you keep reading the book it’ll all make sense.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as it was exciting and interesting. Like other books it’s a slow starting book but by the end you won’t be able to stop reading this book. The tittle explains the whole book it’s about a girl named Martine Allen who sees a white giraffe at Sawubona (a country in South Africa). I’d recommend this book to animal lovers. By Aaron"