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The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John
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May 17, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: wildlife, adventure, mystery, children-s
Read on May 17, 2011

A girl whose parents are killed in a house fire must move to South Africa where her only remaining relative, her grandmother, lives. Martine has never met her grandmother. She does not even know if her grandfather is still alive. The stuff that this girl doesn't know is just plain puzzling, for instance, if her mother ever lived in South Africa with her grandmother. Or what her grandmother did for a living. It strains credulity. When the girls goes to school at first she is a member of the hot circle, then tags up with the outsider boy. She is able to go out at night without being detected.

There are many loose ends in the plotting, holes in the characterization, and uneven or odd descriptions. The adventure of finding wild animals in the dark in a wildlife refuge is very appealing however, and the girl shows care and concern that poachers and other evildoers are not allowed to run rampant in her little piece of paradise.

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