The White Giraffe

One lonely night, Martine looks out of her window and sees a young giraffe, its white and silver coat tinged with cinnamon in the moonlight. In that moment she knows she is prepared to risk everything for it.

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The White Giraffe
by Lauren St. John

The night Martine Allen turns eleven years old her life changes completely. 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 knew she 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 the animal, but it leaves footprints behind. Her grandmother insists that the white giraffe is just a legend, but then, one stormy night, Martine looks out her bedroom window straight into the eyes of the tall and silvery animal. The white giraffe is real!

But why is everyone keeping the white giraffe’s existence a secret? Does it have anything to do with the rash of poaching going on at the reserve? To find out, Martine will use all of her courage and smarts, and an emerging gift for healing, in a daring adventure to save her new friend.

About the Author: Lauren St. John

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Author Lauren St. John

Lauren St. John grew up in Zimbabwe and lived on a farm that was part of a game reserve. She had lots of pets, including dogs, horses, warthogs, and even a giraffe! She says that if her books encourage “even one person to want to help wildlife or to visit or want to know more about Africa, that would make [her] incredibly happy.”

Ms. St. John is a celebrated sports journalist and biographer and lives in London. The White Giraffe was her first novel for young people. Visit her online at

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