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The White Giraffe (Animal Healer #1)

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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  4,257 ratings  ·  504 reviews
A thrilling adventure classic-inthe- 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 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Kendra Ziems yes, don't think it's just a kid book! it's a good read and should be fairly fast one too.

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Erin Reilly-Sanders
Overall, this tale of a girl reluctantly sent to live with her grandmother on a game preserve in South Africa is a fun adventure with a lot of animals and a tiny bit of culture thrown in. However, I found the inclusion of magic somewhat disturbing, similar to other semi-fantasy books set in Africa. The portrayal of blacks as some sort of shaman always tends to disturb me, as it seems somewhat unlikely that this is an attitude that they would be comfortable with. Most blacks are Christian and whi ...more
Haley
This book sucks VERY badly.

I am warning you.

First point: It seems like Martine Allen, Jeremiah and Tendai are a love triangle. For those who don't know, Martine is an eleven year old girl, Jeremiah is the white giraffe, and Tendai is forty.

Second, NOBODY RIDES GIRAFFES. There's a reason why it never happened.

Thirdly, what's with the odd dialogue??

"Lucky I missed you, hey!"

"There was nothing wrong with that kudu, nothing!"


Who the hell writes like that?

Lauren St. John, that's who.

Ah, yes. That l
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Relyn
Oct 12, 2008 Relyn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tweens, teachers and parents of tweens
Recommended to Relyn by: Family Fun magazine
10/10/08
Audiobook format
I have been listening to this book for about three days now. It is wonderful. Really great. One of the many wonderful things about it is the audiobook reader. This woman is nothing but incredible. I mean it! She is the best audiobook reader I have ever heard. OK. She ties with the reader of Shadow of the Wind. I'm going to be looking for more books narrated by her.

I love having Sloane come to school with me. It is so wonderful to be in the car together. On the drives we
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Rosa
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Sarah Sullivan
Listened to this on audio while driving, and it was a definite upgrade in narrator from the last audio book I listened to. I found the story to be pretty compelling, considering that animal narratives are never my favorite genre. BUT, I have some major concerns with the way race is dealt with in this book. Here we have a white girl who moves to Africa and gets to be the long awaited savior of the animals who the mysterious, wise tribal woman assures us is going to save them all. Ugh. It's not ju ...more
 Pam Browning
I just finished The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John and it was wonderful. A student recommended it to me and she was right this book was a fun and fast read. Martine, and middle school aged girl loses her parents in a fire right at the beginning of the book and has to move to South Africa (Cape Town) to live with a grandmother she didn't know she had and one who seems not too excited to have her there. The book centers around several mysteries about Martine's past and the possibly mythical whit ...more
Slawka Scarso
Yes, I do know this is a young adult/children novel but this doesn't mean an adult shouldn't appreciate it all the same. Except in this case the book was extremely disappointing. The storyline is fine, but the characters and the dialogue are so fake at times it is quite irritating.
The fake African accent of Grace, for instance, is annoying but then at least she is a nice and well developed character. The teacher and headmaster are just a concentrate of clichés, same goes for Alex, the game keep
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Deborah Piasecki
I liked this book because there are several characters that young readers can connect to - Martine, who lost her parents in a fire and has to live with her Grandmother in another country, Ben, who is quiet, but has many strengths, Jemmy, the White Giraffe who befriends Martine and is the catalyst to her healing over the loss of her parents, the Five Star Gang of Caracal School (the kids that everyone wanted to be-rich, popular and ultra cool) Other adult characters important to the story are Gwy ...more
Garrett W.
Garrett White p5-7

The White Giraffe August 18, 2012
By Lauren St.John
Fiction
181 pages

The White Giraffe is about a girl named Martine. She lives a happy life in England with her Mom and Dad. But one night everything is changed. Martine escapes a threatening house fire that takes the life of her parents. Now Martine has a big decision to make. Does she stay in England at an orphanage or go live in South Africa with her Grandmother she has never met? Martine decides to go live with her grandmother i
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Martine is orphaned when her house in England burns down. With no other relatives she is sent to live in South Africa with a grandmother she never even knew existed.
Her grandmother acts non-to-happy to be the caretaker of Martine who is refused answers to the many questions she has about her parents, her grandmother and even the game reserve where she now lives. Rumor has it that there is a white giraffe living there, but most believe that is a myth. The reserve is presently
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Dniemuth04

This book started out like a very uninteresting and quite depressing book just like my last book,"Rash." The first scene that I was introduced to was in Martine's dream which plays a vital role in what happened later in the book when she found out her healing powers. Her dream described her touching a goose with her hands; they were lighting up in a glow as she healed the goose to perfect health. When she awakened she was greeted by a heat wave from her house being on fire. Fortunately, she ma
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Jackie
Destiny becomes reality as Martine's young life is shattered by the untimely death of her parents. Living a serene, idyllic life in England is commonplace for this 11-year-old only child. When a tragic fire tears her world apart, she is sent to live with her grandmother in South Africa. There she finds that these series of events have been foretold. She has 'the gift' and although her grandmother chooses to ignore the signs, its prophecy becomes clearly evident shortly upon her arrival. Martine ...more
Gabrielle
"The White Giraffe" engages me to the point where I began to feel as if I am one of the characters or in the journey/adventure of one of them. The events that take place towards the beginning of this book lead to a young girl (Martine Allen) being sad, lost, and confused, but in return she is placed in a "magical," and amazing adventure. Martine is sent to live with her grandmother on an African wildlife reserve where she is determined to find- The White Giraffe. This giraffe is said to be legen ...more
Brynn
The protagonist in this story is an 11-year-old girl from England who moves to South Africa to live with her grandmother on a game preserve after her parents pass away. I thought what would follow would be a good story for 5th and 6th graders who like animals with a bit of information on a different part of the world. The story, however, is very weak. The language is far too complex for the target age group, the story is boring and often too descriptive, the main character isn't sympathetic and ...more
Lucy
It was pouring rain in the middle of the night when young Marentine discovered her destiny. She thought the White Giraffe was a myth but Marentine knew she came face to face with this shiny silver creature. The White Giraffe is a loving story about a child, her journey to Africa, and her fait. Lauren St. John did a great job of keeping the reader on their toes an making an old tale come to life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes realistic fiction or fantasy for this book has ...more
Gable Holyoak
This book absolutely captivated me. The story of young Martine, who lost both her parents to a fire, a girl who had strange dreams, a girl who was forced to live in South Africa with a relative she didn't even know. But she would learn that she was not like ordinary girls. She was powerful. And it took the eyes of a White Giraffe to see that. I loved this book because of the adventure, and the magic inside.
Hailey Younger
For summer reading I read The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John. After a tragedy at her home in England which caused Martine is forced to move with her grandmother Gwyn Thomas who lives on a South African game reserve and whom she's never met before. Martine discovers a whole different living situation and almost a completely different world. When Martine arrives in Africa Tendi who is a worker in the dame reserve with Gwyn brings her to meet his aunt. While Martine and Tendi's aunt are talking T ...more
Roberta
The Africans have a legend which says that the child who can ride a white giraffe will have power over all the animals. Martine was orphaned and send from home in England to a wildlife reserve in South Africa to lve with her only living relative, a grandmother she never knew existed and who doesn’t seem at all pleased to be taking on the care of a granddaghter. She falls in love with Sawubona Game Reserve with its amazing wildlife. But there are may mysteries. Why had she never been told about h ...more
Austin Smith
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 knewshe 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 te animal, but i leaves footprints behind
Marilyn S.
The White Giraffe is a good book in my opinion. This book is about a girl named Martine and that moved from England to where her grandma was. Her grandma was her only relative left after her parents died on the night of her birthday. When Martine arrives to Africa, where her grandma lives, she finds out about a legend called The White Giraffe which she becomes interested in. Even though her grandma thinks that it is just a myth in Sawubona Martine's grandma is named Gwyn Thomas and while living ...more
Anu
Aloitettiin vanhan vinkkaussuosikkini uudelleenluku kolmasluokkalaisen iltakirjana. Kirjaa ehdittiin lukea ääneen vain kaksi iltaa ja 70 sivua ennen kuin kuuntelijan hermo petti ja kirja lukaistiin loppuun koulubussissa ja välitunneilla. 9-vuotias julisti kirjan uudeksi lempikirjakseen!
Cam Thibault
Overall the white giraffe is a decent book and a simple read. I liked how there was suspense and action in some places. I didn't like how the whole book was based on one character. I did not like the book as a whole because it was too easy and somewhat boring.
Katie
I read this because my 11 year old daughter read it and loved it. She wanted me to share the experience with her; how could I resist that? I read it, it was cute, now we can talk about it :)
Susan
My niece, who's in 6th grade, was reading this for a school unit on South Africa, so I thought I'd take a peek. Eleven-year-old Martine, is sent to live on her grandmother's game reserve. Adjustment to her new life is very difficult until she makes an unusual friend.

THE WHITE GIRAFFE provides a nice introduction to the terrain and animal life in South Africa. It also discusses how game reserve owners try to deal with the problem of poaching.

Overall, the story was entertaining, although it did
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Sonya
it was such an exciting and has a lot of interesting facts. it also has a lot of surprises
Julie
This was a very interesting book, and my kids enjoyed it. I used it as bedtime reading.... but I kind of wish that I hadn't. There is nothing wrong with the story, mind you, but I was not prepared for the ensuing discussion and tons of questions about animal poaching and apartheid that resulted from reading this. Yes, of course those are topics that the kids will learn about... but right before bed with a 5 and 8 year old didn't exactly seem like the right time. Oh well... we all got an educatio ...more
Noora
عجبتني القصة وحكيتها للأطفال لكن فيه مجوعة من الاحداث الغير مهمة و اللي قررت أغيرها لتناسب الاطفال أكثر. آولاً الخلط بين الطب و السحر لما غريس اعطت مارتين مجموعة الادوية الشعبية . ثانياً كمية الاحداث المؤسفة من التلاميذ في المدرسة أو من اليكس لما اطلق النار على الظبي- عدا هذا القصة مناسبة لعمر سنين و لكن من وجهة نظري ماعجبني ابدا ان الشخصيات الافريقية في القصة نمطية جدا بدون أي عمق أو استدارة اعطيت القصة نجوم وكان ممكن بس عشان الشجاعة و الاقدام اللي فيها و فقدان مارتين لاهلها و اللي ممكن يكون ...more
Jess
The White Giraffe-Lauren St. John
It was a wonderful story about a girl (Martine) whose parents die in a house fire, and she gets shipped off to Africa to live with a grandmother that she had never met.
Martine is a easily likable character, and i can relate to some of the things that happen to her during the story. Martine is also a very courageous and curious character who loves learning new things about her new home. I loved the action and emotion in this book. I will definitely be reading the
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Kelsey
Loved the fact it was set in both SA and England
Bailey
this book looks good!!
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