Sunday, 17 January 2010

Book Review: The White Giraffe by Lauren St John

The White Giraffe by Lauren St John was so good I read it in one go. Eleven-year old Martine loses both parents in a house fire. She goes to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa, but this is a mixed blessing as her grandmother makes her feel unwelcome and the reserve is out of bounds. Martine uncovers secrets about her past and that of her family and befriends the mysterious white giraffe she calls Jeremiah. Shunned by her classmates, who call her a witch, Martine finds solace in her special friendship with the giraffe. But Jeremiah's life is in danger and Martine doesn't know who, if anyone, she can trust. The White Giraffe tackles difficult subjects  including death, prejudice and animal cruelty through sensitive storytelling combined with compelling plot and realistic characters. David Dean's illustrations are as beautiful as Lauren St John's writing!


Richard Hanks said...

Sounds great, I've seen it on the library shelves, must take a look.

It's the first in a series I think, so you have lots of sequels to check out!

terri.forehand said...

This sounds great and one I will get to review on my blog as well. Any book that tackles the subject of death for children and teens is a must read for me. Thanks for the information.